Atelier Signatum Naturalis
Artistic expression through natural perfumery and balsams for body and soul
Because it is time
The Atelier Signatum Naturalis is dedicated to exploring the ideas of healers, mystics, physicians and alchemists through time and creating exquisite ranges influenced by Nature and three of our favourite minds of the past millennia.
There are three collections, each with four items available for purchase.
There is also the opportunity to have bespoke perfume, serums, creams and flower essences created just for you. Artworks are available at times in the atelier gallery.
I am an artist, herbalist, energy worker, natural perfumer, historian and writer. In 2013 I created my business Archeus through which I developed and made artisanal natural products for skin, body and soul. Over the years the Archeus remit has expanded into energy work, coaching, teaching and end of life care. I have won awards for my products and for my guidance work.
I’ve worked with the healing power of nature for many years and it has taught me a great deal, but I have also continued to study and collaborate with teachers and institutions across the world, from the perfumer Mandy Aftel, to integrative health schools and palliative care experts, to astrologers such as A.T. Mann, shamanic practitioners including Alberto Villoldo and Buddhist masters. Demand for my own teaching work is now also growing internationally.
For many years I worked in the arts in the UK and was fortunate to connect with brilliant minds and formidable talent in music, art, literature, sculpture, dance, film and theatre. My love of Nature led me to work for Kew Gardens and the United Nations Environment Programme. My work has taken me around the world and enabled me to experience a myriad of different landscapes, people and cultural stories.
Nothing from these experiences is wasted. All is woven into my world view and my creative response to people, history and place.
Since 2011, I have lived and worked in New Zealand. My studio is surrounded by organic gardens, which are the source of many of the ingredients used in these creations.
Drawing on nature and cosmos
I have always been drawn to working with the healing power of nature since my childhood when a shamanic wounding occurred that helped me see and understand the energetic sense of oneness with all things. I became fascinated with the ways we have worked through time with nature to help us heal, to create ceremony, symbolism, mystery, magic and art.
When I first discovered the writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Marsilio Ficino and Paracelsus in my 20s, I felt like I had come home. Their words and the words of others before them, Avicenna, Pliny, Asclepius, Hippocrates, Plato and the hermetic works of Trismegistus felt completely familiar. They lit a flame in me and, while they have imbued all my work since launching Archeus in 2013, it is here at the Atelier Signatum Naturalis that they truly find their home in my creative life.
Not only do I resonate in (to quote Ficino) ‘sympathetic vibration’ with many of their ideas, they also have given me the confidence to take their ideas forward in my own way, building on my own lived experience of connection to nature and cosmos.
Art takes many forms
I find that creative expression seeks to find its own form and whether I am working with aromas, plant materials, astrological patterns and chords, music, colour, paint, sculpture or built form, the desire to create and the approach to each creation is the same. My work is a love letter to our planet and the universe we orbit within. First and foremost I draw on the many years of expertise in working with nature for healing and for supporting the wellbeing of body and soul and express myself through the plants and their healing properties, astrological alignments, symbolism and signatum.