Losing a loved one is tough. From organising the funeral service to clearing out possessions, there are challenges to confront, often when we are at our lowest.
De-cluttering is the order-of-the-day in 2017. With more and more people clearing-out and simplifying their own homes, the prospect of absorbing someone else’s possessions is an anathema, no matter how sentimental the notion might be. Then again, the option of disposing of everything is equally unpalatable.
Evocation has found a fresh way to provide a tailored solution to create a unique memento of the departed one. Artist/Maker Ingrid Barber’s expertise in this area began with a piece that she created to commemorate her own father. In consultation with relatives and friends, Ingrid encapsulates the essence of the character and history of the lost loved one by creating an installation based around their photographs and possessions, all inspired by conversation with those left behind.
HOW WE WORK/ COST
Evocation works hand in hand with the client, using original material, digital images or replicas as required. Each project is unique and we are happy to generate ideas or work with the client’s own imagination to create a truly individual timeless piece that they will be proud to pass down to their children to keep memories alive forever.
As each piece is bespoke, costs will be budgeted individually but prices range from £300 for a small work upwards. Works to date have included a memory barometer, a memory cigar box, a locket box, a sewn artwork based on a favourite album cover, a mixed media wall piece using original artifacts and a wax painting using original toy soldiers and photographs.
A tribute to Sydney Hurst is a small casket, which distills all the information I managed to amass from the fragments of his short life. Photos of his own relatives and his male descendants, Peter, Richard, William, Dan and Boris who only knew him from two surviving photos. A map shows the exact location of his death, from where he was exhumed before being laid to rest in the London Cemetery, at Neuville-Vitasse and phials of blood and soil hang down to represent his death by a piece of shrapnel through the heart. It features a toy plastic heart, metal soldiers and my only piece of actual memorabilia, Sydney’s medal. References to roses echo his job maintaining the local park and his love of gardening and the coal is a good luck talisman taken to battle by many soldiers.
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