Monday, January 22, 2007

Post Mortem for Artists

Nadine Jarvis, a recent graduate in design from Goldsmiths (London), has invented a new way to handle the residue of cremation. In a project called Carbon Copies, she has envisioned the transformation of the carbon content of a person's cremains into graphite, which is then used to manufacture a set of pencils (about 250 per person). Each pencil is imprinted with the deceased person’s name and life dates. The pencils are kept in a special wooden case, which includes a build-in sharpener. The shavings from the sharpener remain in the case.

This could provide a final outlet for the artistic impulse.

Here are links to photos of a case and a pencil.

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