tHE moore to life PROJECT

This project is in memory of Howard Moore, who I will always remember for his love of Christmas. He always went to extremes; covering his house with lights and keeping his tree up all year. For this reason, I want to create bespoke Christmas decorations. Although, like my previous work, they will be quite different from anything you have ever have seen before. Howard taught me that' it’s the little things in life that count', so this is ultimately represented in my designs.

MARKET RESEARCH - April 2016
To gather market research I reached out to the public. I have asked 30 people to collect a souvenir which was significant to them over a period of 10 ten days. The items needed to fit in side the box I provided which they also  had to decorate.

CROWD FUNDING - September 2016
Funding is now complete and after raising a whopping £785 I couldn’t be happier. 
By raising £785.00, £285 over my target means I can complete The MOORE TO LIFE Project . I have started creating my Christmas decoration designs and, even though in the early stages, they are looking great. 

I want to say a massive shout out to my parents, not only for their support but to my dad for building me an amazing studio and my mum for helping me organise everything. Also to my Boyfriend Matthew Simcox for putting up with me, my house mates Jeanna Olsen & Claire Marie Walsh as well as Stephanie Lawrence who all help me in every way possible to succeed.
Plus a huge massive THANK YOU to my backers Christina Eagles, Jennie Keane, Clarissa Ferguson, Helen Norbury, Jason Stevens, Tony Winter, Dominic Alves, Lewis Seymour, David Matthews, Emily Rawlins, Curtis Jones, Chris Sladden, Nannies, Sarah Giles, Dan Soltwisch, Samantha Cotton, Frankie Hibbard, Steven Gurney, Christian Kingston, Emily Roots, Pat Simcox, Mandy Negus, Michael Simcox, Karen Baker, Alex Cotton and Shannon Leigh. Also to everyone that took part in my research Clare Thirgood, Jack Cox, Lily Levin, Kaarin Heller, Lottie Louise Sayers and Kelly Gethin.
By raising  £785.00, £285 over my target means I can complete The MOORE TO LIFE Project . I have started creating my Christmas decorations designs and, even though in the early stages, they are looking great.

REWARDS
I have sent out the first round of rewards. This included my Amanda Cotton badges, created using the perfect shade of urine yellow. Also a surprise gift, seen below, from my limited edition series of six life drawings surrounding the human body.

DEADLINE UPDATE - December 2016
As you can see, from the timeline of images below, I have come a long way. I’ve got my kiln up and running and each glaze has been tested. I bought a lathe and have been practising my shape in plaster to enable me to create my moulds ready for ceramic casting. I’ve also been working hard at making sure the mechanism of the lid works. However, at this stage, there are many imperfections so unfortunately my Christmas decorations won’t be ready in time for Christmas 2016. I could rush to try and complete them before Christmas, but there’s no guarantee the quality would be up to my high standard. I will still complete the project it’s just going to take me a little longer than expected so please don't lose faith, keep your eyes peeled for the next update.

BIRTHDAY UPDATE - March 2017
With March being Howard's birthday month , after getting some head space, I've got the project back up and running again. I went back to the drawing the board and learning from mistakes this time round I aim to produce a high standard of quality. I have redesigned the shape and cast the new shapes.

ALMOST THERE - September 2017
I'm extremely excited to announce that, a year on, my project has been striving forward. My designs, shapes and ideas are complete. The images below show off my idea in it's simplest form. From here they can be transformed in appearance to create your own bespoke Christmas decorations. I am currently completing decorations for those of you that supported my crowd funding campaign. My aim is to be complete by October, when I will also revel it to the public.

COMPLETION - November 2017
After 18 months I am very happy to say that I have crafted a collection of MOORE TO LIFE Bespoke Christmas Decorations. Through images and colour each MOORE TO LIFE Bespoke Christmas Decoration represents special events and people in your life.  As a functional memento, you can also delicately un-ravel the decoration to place keepsakes inside. This level of individuality means each ones owes its unparalleled aesthetic and emotional significance to you. Each year as Christmas approaches and your life evolves, you can collect MOORE TO LIFE decorations turning your Christmas tree into a Family tree.

There are three decorations within the collection; The Life time, The Celebration and The Memorial.  Each one is meticulously hand-crafted, in two sizes from porcelain by me in my U.K based studio. They include my artist mark, personalised pouch and box to keep your decoration safe throughout the year.
THE LIFETIME Celebrate life by having a decoration that through, image, colour and pattern represents you or other’s that you love. Each Christmas place a keepsake inside that capture’s your year. Over a lifetime you will have a collection of memories. 
THE CELEBRATION Celebrate your wedding day, first home and other specific moments in time by representing your decoration with inscriptions & images. You can place keepsakes inside so year after year you can look inside and remember those special events. 
THE MEMORIAL Celebrate those you have loved and lost through an inscription, images and even ashes on the outside of your decoration. Keep inside your cherished memories and look upon your decoration to feel they are present at Christmas.

As promised, I will donate a percentage of profit to charity. This year my charity of choice is the British Heart Foundation which my Uncle Howard was fond off.
Once again thank you to everyone who not only helped with my project, but supported me moving forward in my practice and allowed me to continue the memory of Howard.
I will be distributing your decorations over the next two weeks.

I hope my MOORE TO LIFE bespoke Christmas Decorations help those that purchase one to celebrate life each and every year.
Best wishes,
Amanda.