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Over the Moon
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Former Pembrokeshire College students, Ella Burton and Hannah Crofton, recently launched a business venture called The Paper Moon. No not a card or stationery business, but a 10 feet high resin cast moon photo-booth.
Ella studied A-levels and Hannah a Graphic Design Diploma, collectively they acquired the necessary skills to collaborate on such an ambitious project. Ella said “My business A-level helped us to get our idea off the ground, along with tutor Karen Neville who gave lots of support and entrepreneurial advice.”
Inspiration came from vintage 'pop up' booths at carnivals and fairs in the 1920s and 1930s, the Paper Moon adds a touch of glamour and fun to an event, and photographs are digitally developed instantly for customers to take away.
Hannah’s parents, who are both local sculptors, were also pivotal to the launch of the project.
“My parents are sculptors, so they could immediately advised us on how to start creating the moon. It took us three months of hard work, but it was worth it; the moon raises a smile wherever we take, it has such wide appeal!” enthused Hannah.
The UK festival scene soon snapped up Ella and Hannah’s photo-booth. This summer the girls, their pick-up truck and the moon travelled the length and breadth of the UK having been booked to appear at many festivals including, the Boomtown Music Festival in Winchester, (where Hurricane Bertha nearly took hold of their paper moon), the Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival in St Donats, the Somersault Festival in Devon and most recently the Narberth Food Festival.
Ella is hoping to do a prosthetics course at the Delamare Academy in Ealing Studios, London. Whether Ella’s new prosthetic creations will be part of their business portfolio remains to be seen, but in the meantime Hannah and Ella have created a viable and unique business that has plenty of potential for making a profit and putting smiles on people’s faces, “We literally are over the moon with our success so far!” enthused the girls.