Greenfield Creations News
Tracy O'Leary from Woodland Wishes, Natural Burials explains more...
We recently had our cardboard coffins load tested...
Sam Carter, who is currently working with us for his work experience, designed this 'Pork chop' coffin...
We just wanted to send a thanks to you all...
This coffin is in memory of Peter Onslow's Mum...
A coffin being available from your local florist? – Anne from Juniper Flowers explains.....
July 2012 – Walter C. Parson Funeral Director - 170th Anniversary £10,000 Charity fundraising for local charities...
The company will endeavour to raise £10,000 or more by the end of the year for 4 local charities...
July 7th and July 8th 2012... If you go down to the woods today you're in for a big surprise... an event with a difference showcasing the wide variety of funeral options available.
Funerals, for my Uncle Michael brought bitter memories flooding back of financial hardship, sleepless nights and watching his mum distressed trying to "do right" by his dad and nan, who both died suddenly. Hidden costs and unexpected extras nearly broke them.
About 12 years ago I was offered a commission to make a personalised biodegradable urn. I've done a wide range of artwork in all sorts of materials so I love to do anything unusual that draws on my experience.
I am sending you a quick note to say thank you for your excellent service. The eco-coffin arrived as you had said late on Tuesday and today my daughter and I are sending you a few initial pics from my phone...
On Sunday June 24th 2012 Higher Ground Meadow will be holding an Open afternoon to raise awareness of, and provide information about, their Natural Burial Ground and their beautiful new barn in which ceremonies may be conducted.
March 2012 – Jonny, our Art studio Manager tells the story of a recently designed bespoke Cardboard coffin...
This Cardboard 'casket style' coffin was a personal reflection of the life of a well travelled man. He travelled the world and his family requested that his coffin was to be produced as a casket that looked like a suitcase.
If you were walking the streets of Bournemouth, on this sunny day, you would have witnessed a rather ground breaking event.
Some facts about Corrugated cardboard and our Cardboard coffins…by William (Managing Director of Greenfield Creations)
Corrugated cardboard was first patented in 1856. It was first produced for a liner in tall hats, which were common place in the funeral industry.
Any new fibre / wood pulp is purchased from reputable sources which adhere to the foresty management and sustainability body FSC.
Cardboard Coffins – William, Managing Director, talks about the history of Greenfield Creations.
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