I sat down with a mince pie (ok, two mince pies) with the intention of writing a list of new years resolutions...but then I thought we ought to take a moment to take a little look back and review the last 12 months. It's good to pause and reflect right? 2015 was a big year for us...in October we launched JOY to mark the beginning of our 10th Anniversary. A whole decade of Momiji!
So I got to thinking...here are 10 fabulous things about 2015
1. A Collaboration with Fluffy House
Early on in the year Helena and I headed down to Somerset House to meet up with the crew from Fluffy House who were over in the UK from Hong Kong. We have a lovely day mooching around the Pick Me Up exhibition and chatting about working together over tea and cake. And the result was Miss Rainbow Momiji and Chicky. Did you get one? You can read all about Fluffy House here. WE LOVE THEM!
2. A New Website
We learnt a few lessons along the way with this one. The first one being that building websites can take aaaaages. But we were so happy with the result and we've really loved the feedback from you guys - thank you. Cameron spent many hours....days...actually, it was weeks, carefully unpacking one of each Momiji doll from our archive to shoot new photography. It was a long process and lots of work but it was also lovely to look back over 10 years of characters, design, packaging and memories and recall all the stories that came with each one.
3. Back to school
I've really enjoyed building a relationship with one of our local schools in 2015. I've had the opportunity to work with the students at Load Heath a couple of times this year and it's always really exciting to hear their ideas and see their creativity. Thanks again to all everyone for making me so welcome! A real highlight for me.
4. Tea with Cheryl
We have so many wonderful Momiji collectors from around the world. We first met Cheryl years ago at a Momiji painting workshop and since then we've always kept in touch and she's followed the Momiji story. Earlier this year we met up for tea and a chat and I asked her a few questions about being a Momiji collector. You can read all about it here.
5. Launching JOY
As 2015 marks our 10th Anniversary we knew we wanted our BIG IDEAS doll for this year to be about happiness. JOY is about stopping and pausing to really celebrate the good stuff in life. It's easy to focus on the tough bits of life but when you stop and look around there's a lot to find joy in. Unwrapping the first sample of Joy was a memorable moment. She's just so cool in real life! A really special doll for us as a team.
6. A Collaboration with Andrea Kang
We met Andrea at Pictoplasma and we LOVED her dreamy illustration style and beautiful characters. GOMI was such lovely collaboration for us. We love her delicate colour palette and those tiny claws are just too cool! Read all about Gomi and Andrea here.
7. 10 Years of Treeson!
We share a 10th Anniversary with Treeson. Treeson is a character by Bubi Au Yeung...she's one of our design heroes and we were so excited to hear her talk at Pictoplasma. You guys went CRAZY for Treeson Momiji and we can see why - the two characters just seemed to work so well together. We were really honored to work on this project and so delighted with the result. Thank you Bubi for being a major highlight of 2015.
8. Halloween Tomfoolery with Gary Ham
Gary Ham creates amazing characters, we particularly love his handmade wooden pieces - so cool. We teamed up to create Hermees Momiji and Tiny Trickster this halloween. Another highlight for us! Collaborations are kind of nerve-wracking but so exciting when it all comes together. This duo brought us a lot of happiness this year and we loved hearing all your feedback. Thanks Gary!
9. Instagram LOVE
Instagram is bursting with amazing Momiji photography. We cannot express how much happiness it brings us every single day when we check the #momijidolls hashtag. There are so many of you producing creative, funny, dreamy, beautifully shot images of Momiji and we're so grateful to you. THANK YOU! Please keep them coming in 2016 - you truly brighten our day.
Here are a few fab shots from this year. There are waayyyy too many for us to feature them all here.
Giggles by @omundodejess
Magique by @miyozu
Treeson x Momiji by @catwalkbunny
Mookie by @dilanbal_
Queenie by @ninakirilova
Adventure by @fragileexistance
Snug Bug by @hulyacigiim
Snug Bug by @smile.live.happy
10. Being 10
I've mentioned it a few times but reaching our 10th Anniversay was a real milestone. We could never have imagined the journey we were about to embark upon all those years ago. There have been so many happy times and quite a few tough ones too but throughout it all the support from our collectors and customers has meant the world to us and we are eternally grateful to you all. We're so excited about 2016...there's lots of good stuff on the way!
So you've heard our highlights and now we want to know yours. Leave us a comment below and tell us your highlight of 2015 and we'll pick 5 winners who will each receive a Momiji doll as a prize. Get your entries in by midnight (UK time) on Saturday 2nd January.
The contest is open to everyone around the world. The winners will be chosen by Momiji HQ, our decision is final. There is no cash alternative. There will be 5 winners.
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