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October 29, 2020 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for a spiritually enchanting evening with Jill McKeever as she sits down with author and illustrator Jessica Roux to discuss her new book The Spirit of Botany.

This publication is a can’t miss visually entrancing and esoteric guide to connecting with plants through the senses. In The Spirit of Botany, artist and perfumer Jill McKeever reveals her personal rituals and creative methods of using aromatic botanical materials in incense, perfume, tisanes, ritual baths, and much more.

In addition to dozens of recipes, McKeever offers her reflections on sustainability, synesthesia, creativity, and her own experience of turning her passion for this work into the indie perfume brand, For Strange Women. Appropriate for hobbyists and career alchemists alike, The Spirit of Botany features inspiring photography and a mysterious aesthetic, immersing readers in the countless biological, emotional, energetic, and spiritual benefits of aromatherapy and herbalism.

Admission for this virtual event is free. Register here!

Signed copies of The Spirit of Botany will be available for purchase during the event.

Jill McKeever began For Strange Women in 2009 with the intention of specializing in natural materials and alternative perfume concepts. Her method of perfume construction is a synesthetic reference to music recording techniques and the visual aesthetic is a synesthetic homage to music that she loves. McKeever is inspired by the communication of nature through its essences, experimenting with raw materials, and gardening.  Find For Strange Women on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


JESSICA ROUX is a Nashville-based illustrator, author, and plant and animal enthusiast. She loves exploring in her own backyard and being surrounded by an abundance of nature. Using subdued colors and rhythmic shapes, she renders flora, fauna, and many other things with intricate detail reminiscent of old world beauty. Follow Jessica on Instagram to see more of her gorgeous illustrations: @jessicasroux



Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign and its Travelers Arts Impact Grant program with major support from The Travelers Foundation. 


October 29, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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