Diane Leclair Bisson
Designer has delved into what we do with the ashes of our loved ones and the accompanying actions, leading her to an exploration of sustainable scenarios and adding to the possible uses of urns to establish a bridge between the object and the person.
Her research into contemporary burial practices, and the preservation or the scattering of ashes has also engaged her in a reflection about materiality, which has guided the design of a new typology of objects and materials. Diane Leclair Bisson and MEMORIA revisit wood and ceramic, innovating through the use of new biodegradable and water-soluble materials, and surprising, through the use of textiles, silicone and even ice. The collection reflects a novel opening into a new culture of funerary material.
Diane Leclair Bisson was born in 1960 in Montréal, where she lives and works. She has studied design, humanities and social sciences, obtaining a M.Sc. in Anthropology, a M.A. in Museology, and a Ph.D. in History of Design (RCA). In keeping with this multi-disciplinary path, she explores spheres of creation where design and anthropology meet. Each of her design projects merge cultural research and experimentation with materials and technology to give products a socially and environmentally meaningful value. Previously recognized for her furniture design work in the ‘90s, she has been probing the world of sustainable food practice and nutrition since 2000, launching the pioneering Edible Container Project to reduce packaging waste. Bisson is the author of Edible:Food as material, les editions du Passage (2009). Her creative fieldwork has recently broadened to include sustainable funerary object design, and she has designed a collection of objects for MEMORIA that contrast with those of a traditionally conservative industry.
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