What is Minimal Nativity Set?
The MINIMAL NATIVITY SET is a contemporary version of the Nativity scene carefully handcrafted from beech wood or brass - created by London based designer Emilie Voirin.
I had the idea of recreating the nativity scene with a minimum amount of features while still representing the story. Modelled on the classical religious set-up, the figurines take place around the crib. The characters have lost their features and colours for a contemporary appearance. The holy scene that has been broadly reproduced is here recognisable by the names only, giving freedom to people’s imagination.
It is up to you to interpret the set. It is a minimalist version of the biblical scene and it can lead to questions about the accuracy of commercial representations. Each culture appropriates the features of the figures and I find the variations quite fascinating. This version is somewhat a compromise.
How was the idea born?
"As a child, my family used to put a nativity set under the Christmas tree. I remember thinking: Why is our Baby Jesus blonde? I still wonder why Mary is often wearing a blue dress. How was the characters look decided? In every corner of world they seem different. For many years, I made MINIMAL NATIVITY SETS by collecting abandoned pieces of wood around the workshop. Now I have decided to produce the sets professionally and I have found good local carpenters to help me produce the sets. I have chosen a nice beech wood and the sets are handcrafted with a lot of care and love from my studio in London. The Holy family is: Joseph and Mary. The 3 kings - Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar. Angel. Donkey. Sheep. And of course Baby Jesus."Your MINIMAL NATIVITY SET is a great gift this Christmas.
The Minimal Nativity Set :
In your shelf
Under the tree
On your desk
Minimal Nativity Set made from beech wood
In the window
The characters fit perfectly in their box
The limited brass edition :
Simulation of life-sized installation at Southwark Cathedral :
To be exhibited at Southwark Cathedral in London this Christmas. Help me realise this installation by ordering the sets or become a sponsor! A majestic launch to mark the beginning of the MINIMAL NATIVITY SET as a product.
Amen £5 -> You will get a postcard featuring the life-sized MINIMAL NATIVITY SET with a personal note.
EARLY BIRDS! £23 -> Get your signed limited edition of the wooden MINIMAL NATIVITY SET before the 24th of December to put under the tree!
XMAS BIRDS! £25 -> You will receive your wooden MINIMAL NATIVITY SET while your Christmas decoration still is up.
MIRACLE deal! £45 -> Get TWO wooden sets, one for yourself + one for a friend. You will get them while your Christmas decoration still is up.
Oh my gold! £120 -> You will soon own the ETERNAL version of the MINIMAL NATIVITY SET. A LIMITED EDITION made from precious embossed brass.
HALLELUJA! £1000 -> You become an OFFICIAL SPONSOR of the LIFE-SIZED version of the MINIMAL NATIVITY SET exhibited at Southwark Cathedral in London this winter for six weeks. You are my guardian angel and will receive plenty of gifts.You will get a signed large print of the in-situ installation + the ETERNAL version of the small set made of brass + the delicate wooden small set + your name on the label next to the art piece.
Thank you! You will surely go to paradise.
How is the set produced?
The Minimal Nativity Sets are produced in London. Handcrafted from beautiful beech wood, softly sanded and precisely inked. Delivered to you in a delicate little box.
The brass version is carefully embossed on a press, polished and protected with a micro-crystalline wax. The type is well inked with a specific antique colouring solution. The brass set comes delivered in a delicate little box too.
Both sets are produced by myself.
Handcrafted product made from beech wood or brass.
Crib: 4.5cm x 4cm x 2cm
Characters from 4cm x 2.5cm x 1cm to 2.5cm x 2cm x 1cm
Box: 8.5cm x 8.5cm x 3cm
(Same dimensions for the brass set)
Wooden set weight: 130 grammes / Brass set weight : 750 grammes
I am ready to start producing enough Minimal Nativity Sets for everyone as soon as the Kickstarter campaign finishes. EARLY BIRDS will have their rewards sent out as soon as the campaign is successfully funded.
I will do my best to deliver the XMAS BIRDS while your Christmas decoration is still up. The LIMITED EDITION brass sets will arrive in February.
Week 1: Early birds and Xmas birds produced and shipped worldwide.
Week 2 : Large production of Minimal Nativities starts.
Week 4: Brass sets production starts.
All the orders will be sent from the UK and the postage fee is estimated for a trackable and safe shipment.
Why is money needed?
Funds will help me to produce the wooden sets worldwide and to make a limited edition of brass sets. I want to engage skilled carpenters and keep making them in a careful and handcrafted way from London ensuring high quality.
Part of the funds raised will go into the making of a life-sized version of the Minimal Nativity Set to be exhibited this winter in Southwark Cathedral, in London, for six weeks. This would be a majestic launch to mark the beginning of the MINIMAL NATIVITY SET as a product.
How can you help more?
Tell your friends, share it with your network on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+. If you have bloggers friends, spread the word.
Risks and challenges
I know my product very well. I am ready to ship the EARLY BIRDS as soon as the campaign is funded and I will start increasing the production as soon as this Kickstarter campaign finishes. I am aware that the Christmas period can create delay of shipment but according to Royal Mail estimations the EARLY BIRDS will arrive on time and the XMAS BIRDS will follow shortly after. I will do my best to satisfy everyone who supports this campaign by being committed to this schedule and keeping everyone up-to-date with the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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