However tatty and frayed, he always wears jeans. This cardboard coffin reflects the personality of the person who ordered it. Covered with a patchwork of denim the pieces are cut or torn into varying shapes and attached using fabric glue. Pockets and belt loops provide ideal places for mourners to slip notes, photographs and flowers. Buttons, labels and any other interesting features are used to cover blemishes or where something didn't quite fit!
Panoramic view coffin
This casket has been designed for a weary traveller. Always fascinated by panoramic views she planned one day to make a patchwork quilt to reflect the beautiful countryside but has never got around to it. Ordered prior to need this cardboard coffin provided the perfect canvas for a collage. Using water based glue and her collection of fabrics; ploughed fields have been transformed into brown corduroy, fields of corn into gold felt and green towelling into meadows. Hedgerows are depicted using fluffy wool and cut out felt animals, with a few daisies, decorate the fields. Woollen balls are used for solitary trees.
Between helping families arrange unique funerals at ARKA Original Funerals in Brighton, Jean, one of the team decorates personalised coffins. Her innovative ideas are endless and orders can be taken, but ideally long before there is a need.
World Cup 2010 coffin
This coffin was produced to show at the 'Handled with Care' exhibition held at the Chiltern Woodland Burial park in July 2010.
View the event at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10636368
This cardboard coffin is in the process of being collaged with photographs. The idea can be used as a family project and a meaningful way to utilise pictures that have lived in a box for many years. This coffin has recently been on show at an exhibition at The Worthing Museum. This idea was part of the Jean Francis workshop. Jean is the author of 'time to go' the importance of saying goodbye.
It was business as usual in the office at Greenfields when an order was placed for a Lily White coffin, little did we know it was for a famous London Jazz singer. To show how much friends, family and the community would remember him they were asked to decorate the coffin themselves to show their love and thanks to a very popular person.
"The coffin was so covered in Snapshots and cartoons you could hardly recognise it as being a plain white box."
"As a lover of trout fishing I attached a fishing line to show my respects."
Why not view this Jazzy send off at: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk
Is it a Bookcase or Coffin? ("Well actually it's both")
When Barbara called Greenfield Creations she knew what coffin she wanted and had really thought out what design would be right for her. Barbara explained she had limited storage in her house but would still like a coffin ready. In this remarkable project Greenfield Creations made the coffin into a book case with shelves that could easily be taken out so it was functional for use in the house and at the same time ready for when the time came.
"I now have my books arranged in the coffin - bookcase and am delighted with the effect. Thank you for doing this unusual project for me, I really do appreciate it. I didn't try taking the shelves out to change it into a coffin but I am sure the coffin will be fully functional for when the time comes.
Thank you again for your work and my very best wishes to you. Barbara Hin"
The penguin coffin
Jonathan Whitehead, who came to us recently for work experience, designed this penguin coffin. Jonathan worked in all areas of our production plant and design shop and during his time with us he excelled in the design side of our service. After his initial training he was then set a task to produce a new design for a coffin. He spent time developing his ideas and Greenfield Creations then produced his one-off design.
One of Greenfield Creations more recent product ideas was to decoupage a coffin to help give the image more depth. We are producing a number of floral designs but we can apply this method to any image.
Painting the canvas coffin
Greenfield Creations launched the canvas covered coffin at a recent trade exhibition. Roy Barrett, a professional artist, offered his services to demonstrate the finish that can be achieved. See other examples of Roy Barrett's work at www.art-of-motoring.co.uk