Arty Mindlessness

Carbon Copies – Pencils Made From the Dead

I’ve been thinking. Shocking I know but it tends to happen at times. When I die, is there some useful purpose my remains could service, aside from providing a gravestone for dogs to piss on?

Enter English product designer Nadine Jarvis and her novel idea for disposing of my dead body – making pencils out of my ashes. Using the cremated remains, or Cremains, it estimated that one adult dead body can produce 240 pencils. Now that’s value for ashes.

Javis says:

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.

There you have it. Get turned into pencils and donate them to your local library or pre-school ;)

Read more about corpse pencils at Jarvis’ web site.