Good Grief

Falmouth, UK

Collaborators: Charlotte Heal | Graphic Designer and Art Director.
Michael Petry | Artist, author, and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London.

Good Grief investigated the aesthetics of mortality through the conventions of Still Life: Collections, Classification & Curation, and Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying (well) & Magical Thinking.

How in a largely secular society can we be better equipped to discuss and facilitate bereavement? To understand that the expression of grief and mourning is an essential process to help to heal and begin to seek personal resolution. As communication designers, how can we use ‘our magical thinking’ through innovation and collaboration, to create products, services, brands and interventions to change behaviour and interrupt conventions.

Project_01. Collections, Classification & Curation
Start a Collection, archive & curate 20 objects in 2 days.

Project_02. A Still Life in 100 Objects
In collaboration with Michael Petry, we examined the aesthetics of the Still Life tradition and explored identity and legacy through collections, classification & curation of objects. We explored how objects have histories that shape us in particular ways and how during stages of our lives we continue to search for objects that we can experience as both within and outside the self.

Project_03. Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying & Magical Thinking
Working with Charlotte Heal, we examined the potential benefits of engaging with the mourning process to externalize grief and to aid transition through bereavement. How design can create opportunities: services, products, platforms to re-consider conventions and future think how mourning, in (a largely secular) contemporary