Born in Leamington Spa, England, to a contemporary jeweler and a figurative painter, it is no surprise that John Moore was a maker from the start. From a young age he was actively involved in dance, theatre and music, but was drawn most to working with his hands, sketching or making objects such as puppets, masks, miniature theatres, kites and small automata.
Moore achieved a BTEC Art Foundation at Warwickshire College and a 1st class honors degree in 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002. During his studies he arrived at jewelry making very naturally – in his mind, if art inextricably relates to us as humans, then what better canvas to paint on or what better stage to play on than the body.
Incorporating his wider interest in the theatre and the arts, Moore blends form, color and movement into jewelry that invites wearers and viewers to touch as well as look. Inspired by the mystical elements in nature, particularly feathers and wings, he works predominantly with dyed, anodised aluminium to create bold, lightweight pieces that are easily wearable.
The power that an object commands when placed on the body, for example, in altering the wearer’s sense of self or in communicating ideas or feelings, is central to Moore’s work. It is this power that he ultimately seeks to invoke through his pieces. At this stage of the journey, no better has this been achieved than with a large necklace entitled Verto (transformer) – soon to become part of the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Moore moved to Brighton on the south coast of England in 2009. He has since featured twice with LOOT at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Goldsmiths Pavilion, London, and various other high-profile exhibitions in the UK. In 2008 he received the Kayman award from the British Jewellers’ Association and in 2011 received the World Crafts Council Award at Eunique in Karlsruhe, Germany.