About me

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Bio

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Hello, I'm Fayth! I am a ceramic artist and jewelry maker from Pikeville, Kentucky. 



I started jewelry making and sculpture when I was in middle school, inspired by steampunk jewelry and fantasy elf ear cuffs, working with Dollar Store wire and old pliers. But art to me was just a hobby, and I held this belief as I went into college, looking to become a funeral director. However, I took my first art history course and became really passionate about art. I started work towards my BFA, discovering my love for ceramics along the way and incorporating my jewelry into it. 

During my last year of high school, I learned about the modern American funeral industry and the problems surrounding it. I became very passionate and decided to become a funeral director, determined I would change something. Even once I decided to pursue art instead, I still dedicated my work towards this cause. My works act as "memento mori", reminders that you will die, to spark the death conversation and start to work towards fixing the problems with our funeral industry.

Advocacy 

My art focuses on death denial and the eco death movement. Modern funeral practices are detrimental to the environment and our health with America alone burying 5.3 million gallons of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, into the ground every year. Our practice of over-embalming and using unsustainable caskets stems from a  general fear of death and decay in society. This also causes a massive inflation of funeral costs since many people who feel this way opt for expensive rubber sealed caskets and other products to stave off decay. This is so common that it is now considered the norm, so much so that hundred of families go into debt each year trying to give their loved one what they feel like is a respectful funeral.

 

If we are able to face our death and inevitable decay and acknowledge it healthily, we can start a discussion of how to improve our current funeral industry and  help both ourselves and the environment.

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I am a proud member and supporter of the death activist group, The Order of the Good Death. The Order of the Good Death is a group working to bring death awareness and acceptance into a culture that is all too often death phobic. The Order also helps support other death related charaties such as the Colibri Center and Border Angels.

To learn more, support, or even join, visit the Order of the Good Death's website.