Burn Burn Burn by Sarah van Gameren



Burn Burn Burn is not a product but a material, according to designer Sarah van Gameren. And also a performance: the flammable paint is applied decoratively to interiors and then ignited to leave a scorched testimony at "funerals, dinners, weddings" etc.


Van Gameran created Burn Burn Burn while she was a student on the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art in London, from where she graduated earlier this summer. See her Big Dipper graduation project here.

Here is some text from van Gameren:


* Burn Burn Burn *

Burn Burn Burn is not a product; it is a material.

After doing a big chain reaction installation of matchsticks in July last year, where one matchstick lights the other and so on, I had a wish to possess a paint, similar to the flammable substance on the head of a matchstick.

I invented the paint in my kitchen and developed it further with the help of a chemist. The paint has a substance like silk-screen paint and is dye-able in every colour. When it burns, it travels slow and leaves a pitch-black trace.

The presentation included a documentation of the possibilities.

(This paint is because of its flammable characteristics only suitable for the context of events or performance. The material could be offered as a service to create animated moment at funerals, dinners, weddings and in design performance, but always with me as to install it. It can be imprint permanently on wood or be used in impermanent on stone surfaces. The paint can be different in colour from the surface or hidden before burning. Application can be done with a brush a syringe or a silkscreen. The substance can be burning or sparkling in different colours.)

Posted on Sunday August 19th 2007 at 9:11 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • H

    wow she should speak to Mr Baas
    about "creating an animated moment" as a start sequence to his burning

    a "BAAS X Van Gameran" piece perhaps?

    a whole collection from a "chain reaction"?

    would be very "Der Lauf
    der Dinge
    ", oder?

  • A bit of revelation in paints innovation indeed. How much does the paint cost ?

  • It’s remind me to the Chinese artist who create art with the gunpowder and explode, know him? See in ART21.

  • dan kafka

    you are so talented! x

  • Katie

    So, where can I get this stuff, and how much? Or is a better question, when?

  • It’s a little weird doing stuff like that at funerals, I think. The whole burn thing is a little scary or weird for a funeral or a wedding. But at dinner parties I think it can be really amazing. I think it’s such a brilliant idea – I never thought of it before. The design usage of it in the pics is really wonderful as well. It certainly is a product more than just an idea. Fantastic product, I must say. Lots of use can be put to it.

  • Wow! I find it a little spooky but absolutely one-of-a-kind. The design featured in the photos in this post depicts the patience and the effort exerted by the designer on it. Magnificent!

    Some questions, though:
    1. What kind of paint is being burned?
    2. Doesn’t the whole process result to some sort of pollution or something?
    3. When and where is this applicable?

  • no one can life without Design. GREENTINGS FROM GERMANY

  • what fantastic art, well done!!

  • Awesome design. I am really feel good to see this. Want to know more how do you create this.

  • What kind of element makes it burn?