Cremation Portrait


A friend of ours had his Gordon Setter cremated when she passed away. She was called Susie.

Instead of burying the urn with Susies remains, we decided to create a memorial item: a portrait printed with her ashes.

We rebuilt a printer to be able to use the ashes as printing material.

The ink was replaced with ashes and an adhesive; this way we could stick the remains to a dark background canvas.

Testing was done with a variety of different materials, among them chocolate powder.

After repeated trial and error, we gained the necessary gear and experience to finalize: Susies remains were used to depict her portrait.

Now the portrait containing parts of Susies body resides on a shelf in our friends house, as an alternative to burying and hiding away what's left.