Sketch with Your Loved Ones

I came across this lovely concept via BoingBoing this morning.  Nadine Jarvis, a product designer from London, has come up with a very interesting way to memorialize your deceased loved ones.  Her project entitled, Carbon Copies, is part of a larger research project about post mortem and “how the degradation of materials could be used to aid the grieving process”.

From her site:

Pencils made from the carbon of human cremains. 240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash – a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind.  Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings – a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by.

You would, for the rest of your life, have the option of interacting with your deceased family members or pets via your poetry, screenwriting project, shopping lists, doodles or whatever else your creative mind can imagine can be done with a pencil. Of course, sometimes simply letting go is the best way to move on from grief.  The basic idea of reusing and yet still keeping the remains sacred in a beautiful container is quite unique, which is her entire point.  Get it?  (sorry)


About this entry