Strange Remains Week: Mummies, Gems and the Moon

Posted in death, jewelry, space with tags , , on March 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Tallying $67,000, modern mummification isn’t for everyone…but it’s Available at SUMMUM.

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These guys have resurrected (no pun intended) the ancient Egyptian art. You can see a description of the process here.

If you prefer something smaller in size and significantly more sparkly, there is LifeGem.

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Love. Life’s single greatest risk. Life’s single greatest reward. Love captures your heart in a second and holds it for eternity. You have experienced a love without equal.

You have had someone truly special in your life and mere words simply will not do.

Your very own LifeGem diamond(s) can be created from the carbon in cremation ashes, a lock of hair, or both. Of course, not only do we turn ashes into diamonds and hair into diamonds, we also have a full line of cremation jewelry, rings, and pendants to accent your beautiful LifeGem cremation diamond.

Or if you’d like your death to involve a space odyssey, you can be shot into the cosmos.

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Celestis Memorial Spaceflights place a symbolic portion of cremated remains into Earth orbit, onto the lunar surface, and into deep space. Missions into space that return the cremated remains to Earth are also available. Your loved one will venture into space as part of a real space mission, riding alongside a commercial or scientific satellite.

Celestis offers a number of options (click to enlarge):

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Strange Remains Week: Burial Pods

Posted in death, nature with tags , on March 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I got in a little over my head committing to Strange Remains Week, because I have over 20 links to modern fringe postmortem preferences. Perhaps I will have to combine a few of them in each post. But let’s start with my favorite: the Burial Pod.

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The Capsula Mundi concept, from designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, uses an egg-shaped burial pod made from biodegradable starch plastic as the coffin, in which the body is placed in a fetal position and buried under the ground. A tree (or tree seed) is then planted over the top of the pod, which will use the nutrients from the decomposing body as fertilizer for its growth.

I personally feel that a “sacred forest” of trees honoring the deceased, each one unique, growing, giving life, is far superior to boxes and stones that just SIT there in traditional cemeteries. I’m in favor of personal markers by each tree to commemorate the (former) person helping it thrive. Apparently there are legal regulation issues with implementing this sort of green burial.

How do you feel about this idea? Would you like to return to nature?

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Rubenimichi: Sol Negro

Posted in art with tags on March 15, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Phantasmaphile tipped me off to a great Rubenimichi show entitled Sol Negro.

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I love the geometric shapes mingling with wildlife and EYES. Many eyes.
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Have radishes ever stared at you before?
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This would work as a three dimensional installation.
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Some of the black and white works are fantastic, too.
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Brian Smith

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on March 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Brian Smith is a gifted painter of tortured souls.

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Vaguely humanoid creatures are stretched, torn…twisted and tormented. He has a remarkable talent for painting agony.
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For me, his work evokes a kind of richly textured empathy; a visceral connection to the raw realms of physical and emotional anguish.
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Many of his subjects seem like lost souls at the mercy of forces greater than themselves.
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And he makes a hell of a Joker.
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Next Theme Week: Strange Remains!

Posted in announcement, death with tags , on March 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve had a folder of bizarre, shall we say, “death options” for years now, so it’s time we have a theme week! If you know of any interesting modern methods of preserving, honoring, disposing of, or creatively using human/animal remains, please share (think “ashes shot into space” etc).

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*Note: I’m restricting the contents of this theme week to modern death customs since I could write a whole other blog about the wealth of historical examples.

Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on March 12, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Graphic artist and painter team Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev make tiny porcelain creatures with a wild array of finely detailed whimsical designs.

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Some have strange scenery painted on them…
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Others have what look like the natural scales and markings of creatures from a colorful parallel world.
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And some contain the cosmos!
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Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev
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Nightmare in Wonderland: Part I

Posted in art, exhibits with tags , on March 10, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The next Nightmare in Wonderland is showing at Vancouver’s Ayden Gallery!

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Here are just a few selections…
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See the whole installment HERE.

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