Once Upon an Artisan Tale
Wanda E. Fleming happily returns to the River Girls Studio after a two year hiatus which included fragrance testing and development, beeswax training, London travel for creative inspiration, and Studio renovation.
In the Studio
The moment of this gesture makes it worthwhile:
A young woman walks to the table which is piled precariously high with River Girls soap---all redolent with heady scents. She carefully eyes the entire landscape, and then plucks a distinct burgundy one. Holding the bar, she inhales, closes her eyes and sighs. In that moment, I am happily fixated.
When I was a young girl I wanted to be a detective of superhero note, a White House pastry chef, and a published writer—all in no particular order. Over the years those dreams found their real life niches in published magazine and newspaper columns, in Christmas blitz baking and policy research.
Today, I create a line of over thirty artisan soaps in my River Girls Soap studio. My work reflects the nuances of each of those once fantasized careers — the persistence of a detective to find a blue azure dye that recalls sea glass; the tenacity of a chef to design and redesign the best recipe for a salty air scent, and the wordsmith laboring of a writer to describe just so, a fragrant soap and the experience it evokes.
River Girls Soap & Scents reflects the personal intersection of wishes and the daily chance to create for others a heady slice of simple joy.