A couple of weeks ago, while playing around on twitter, I saw a link posted by Thereza Rowe for a site called www.colourfulcoffins.com. Intrigued (colourful and coffin not usually being words which go together) I took a look. The site featured eco-friendly coffins which had been customized using stock images and Thereza had discovered it when her husband – driving back from Oxford – had spotted a sign saying ‘colourful coffins’ and requested that she google it to see what it was all about.
A Colourful Coffin by Kate Slater.
A conversation between Thereza, Lesley Barnes and myself then followed which turned into a far more serious discussion about how we would go about creating our own designs. With just a few tweets and a few more emails, the Happy Journey Collective was born. Other artists were invited to participate, given a ‘final destination’ box template to work around and their submissions have been added to the Happy Journey website which was set up by Thereza and features a banner design by Simon Wild. Excitingly, the website launched today!
A Colourful Coffin by uberkraaft.
The great thing about the work submitted to the project so far is that all the contributing artists have created colourful and idiosyncratic pieces. Choosing an appropriate casket is a difficult task for anyone and the aim of the project is to provide a positive and eco-friendly alternative to the more traditional options.
For further information about the project, please contact us. This is an ongoing project and new work will be uploaded regularly; to view participating artists work, please check the website. Any artists wishing to get involved should visit the ‘Get involved’ page on the website, which contains details about the flickr group for open submissions to the project.
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