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Vendors at Death Faire

November 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

2016 Death Faire Vendor Village
Open Noon – 5pm
Saturday, Nov. 5



Earth to Earth is a place where you can find artistic creations for burial and remembrance of someone who has passed away from your life.  I am fiber artist, Julie Antone Moore, and I make burial art because I believe death is as natural and honorable as birth, and should be noted with care and distinction.  At Earth to Earth, I want each burial and remembrance product to be as unique and beautiful as the person they represent.

Each piece is made of fabric and sewn together with a combination of machine and hand stitching.  All of my urns come with an organic cotton drawstring bag inside.  The cremains are put in the bag, then it is tied in a specific way so that there will never be a spill or leakage.  The ashes can be stored in the urn permanently or they can be scattered or burried at a later date.

You may choose an urn from ones that are pictured on this site, or have one custom made from your loved one’s clothing.  Urns and keepsake boxes can incorporate jewelry, buttons, laces or other bits and pieces gathered from your loved one’s life.   My work is meant to mark the presence of a wonderful person in the world, my hope is that your piece of commemorative artwork will become a family heirloom for generations to enjoy.




Piedmont Pine Coffins offers a green alternative to expensive contemporary caskets.  Each coffin is made by hand using traditional hand tools – no electricity, no power tools, like the cabinetmakers of old.  Their coffins follow construction standards developed by leaders of the green funeral movement to promote sustainable and eco-conscious burials. They are also well-suited for contemporary funerals, home funerals, cremation, and pet burials.

Services include custom coffins, hands-on workshops, DIY casket design plans, pet caskets, and resources for green burial.





We are a local family owned funeral home in Raleigh, North Carolina, and are not owned by a conglomeration. We work with families individually to provide them with all the services they desire without adding any unnecessary items; so you will not find any “packages” at Renaissance Funeral Home. For that reason, you will find our prices to be lower than our competition. But we’re more than just another funeral home. We’re an extension of your family.

The ideas that propel the Renaissance Funeral Homes are simple ones. They are places that bring people and memories together. They are places for husbands, wives, children, friends and even strangers to share memories in one another’s company; a place for young and old to discover each other. Here, the older generation can recapture the nostalgia of time passed by, and the younger generation can participate in a vision for the future.

Renaissance Funeral Homes are dedicated to the dreams, hopes, and memories that each Guest carries through its doors. It is designed to encourage the expression of these memories and dreams of the life once lived, while propelling them forward in hope and inspiration to all who visit.

The Renaissance Funeral Homes experience is an opportunity for family reunion, a walk down memory lane, a community center, and a museum of a time now immortal. It is filled with goodwill, the inspiration of fond memories and the realization of hope for the world we have inherited. It enables those who unite here to make all of these gifts part of our futures.

Renaissance is also proud to be the leading and most knowledgeable provider of Green Burials in the area, we are not only specialists, we are also advocates for Green Burial.





Labyrinth facilitator Karen Birbeck will be providing Death Faire participants with the chance to walk on an ancient path without leaving Chatham County – building a link to millions of people of all cultures, places, and times.

Labyrinths are currently experiencing a renaissance in the United States and around the World.  The Labyrinths’ ability to quiet the mind and reduce stress serves us well in these modern times.  Following the Labyrinth’s path is a walking meditation – for some a welcome alternative to the “sit and be quiet” style of meditation. While there are already many Labyrinths in and around The  Triangle, you may want to build one of your own.  A Labyrinth can be laid out in less than an hour and build times depend on the materials you choose to use.  Many people find building them as satisfying as walking them.

Karen Birbeck has many interests, but none occupy her heart and mind more than Labyrinths.  In 2015, she took the plunge and traveled to San Francisco to train as a Labyrinth Facilitator with Veriditas.  She is now utilizing her 20+ years of experience teaching small workshops to spread the word about Labyrinths and their ability to affect personal transformation.






Carl Hammerdorfer launched My Last Soundtrack because many of his best and clearest memories are attached to great songs: his mom driving the car while he sang along to Elton John’s Daniel with her and his siblings… his dad blasting Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson on the stereo and singing along… kissing his wife Kathy for the first time at a party in Heidelberg while dancing to the Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House. In each case, Carl says, the song wasn’t just an association. It was integral to the unforgettable clarity of each moment. That’s part of what makes great music great.

He developed My Last Soundtrack’s original vision – creating a soundtrack for and designing your last celebration – after bumping into the same thought whenever he’d hear a song he loved: “This song is so great, I’d want it played it at my funeral.” Carl and his friend Joe often discussed the topic during bike rides around northern Colorado; soon, Joe joined him in developing the concept further. They both brought Sue on board to continue refining the vision and driving the train. As the team started building the business and friends tried out the site, it became clear that the idea needed to be about more than just the music. It needed to be about a fundamental way of living and being, how the way we live affects how we look at our time here on Earth, and what role our eventual passing plays in all that.

After a year and a half imagining, re-imagining, and expanding the space around the intersection of music and death, we began to look at the word “soundtrack” as a metaphor for life. We are now in the process of developing comprehensive web services that will allow our users to capture the soundtracks of their lives through video, images, books, movies, their own writing, and more – all driven by music. We envision our site as the coolest go-to resource on the web for approaching our mortality with insight, courage, and a sense of humor.




Studio 17 is a design workshop and retail experience featuring the original work of Andrea Batsche and Monnda Welch.

Andrea creates “New Karma for Old Threads” by looking at the colors and lines of cast-off items and reconnecting them making beautiful dresses, skirts, shrugs, accessories, and more. After a successful show at a local gallery where Andrea sold out of her work, she realized her dream of opening Studio 17 in the Fall of 2015.

Monnda is a maker, shaker, educator, and studier of life. She creates fine jewelry from silver, gold, and precious stones. Monnda has studied metalsmith internationally and shown and sold her work in many different venues. She also enjoys teaching others how to make their own memorable pieces of art.

Both artists make custom remembrance pieces out of clothing, jewelry, accessories, etc. of deceased loved ones.





In the Spring of 2016, Oakwood Cemetery is opened Mordecai’s Meadow, a green burial section located in the North West section of Oakwood Cemetery. Green Burial is simple and natural. It reunites our bodies with the earth using biodegradable caskets, no embalming fluids, and no concrete or metal vaults. It allows the cycle of nature to be completed, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Mordecai’s Meadow at Historic Oakwood Cemetery will allow members of our community, who wish to “return to the earth” to do so in a peaceful, yet urban, environment, surrounded by generations of Raleigh citizens who passed before them. Oakwood is returning to it’s roots, and offering a burial option that looked much like the original burials here at Oakwood in the 1860s.

As we return to the “traditional” way of burial with this section, the name Mordecai’s Meadow was inspired by the original burials at Oakwood Cemetery and the previous landowners of our grounds, the Mordecai family.

If you would like to see the full Green Burial Guidelines for Mordecai’s Meadow, please contact info@historicoakwood.comor call 919-832-6077.







November 5, 2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm