• How To: Cosmic Eyes With MAC

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    An ode to the bowerbird and the glitter glory days of Studio 54, this starry-eyed look draws nostalgic inspiration from our favourite star-man Ziggy Stardust and the cosmic realm. We’ve partnered up with all time favourite MAC to create the Molten Store glitter makeup master class. Follow our beauty notes for a brave look that won’t go unnoticed.

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  • Bowerbirds at RESORT After Dark

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    There’s no denying we are bowerbirds – collectors of shiny objects, purveyors of all things glitter and sparkle. For this years’ RESORT After Dark, we transformed our James Street trove into an urban bowerbird’s nest which was personified by a collaborative art and floral instillation between Aurora Floral Studio and Susan Lincoln. Suspended from the ceiling, blue led lights ascended through a web of flowers – our very own bower which shone brightly over our home for all the beautiful things we have collected far and wide.

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  • Up Late With Marie Claire

     

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    Once a year, Marie Claire Up Late on James Street brings a whirlwind of festivities and colourful characters, celebrating the enchantment of art, fashion, food and culture. Molten Store has been kindred to the James Street family for many years, so when we were set to unveil our signature fragrance that pays ode to our roots with all new packaging, everything magically fell into place.

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  • Molten Store X Aurora Floral Studio

     

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    Photo by Miss Anwyn.

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    Photo by Miss Anwyn.

    Pastel skies and floral aromas flooded the James Street trove on the second last day of Summer.

    We had been craving a crafternoon, and thanks to Mim from Aurora Floral Studio, we were able to create our very own smudge sticks.

    These little treasures are used to cleanse and purify a person or surroundings, to rid of negativity and bring in what you desire.

    They can be made to focus on such things as balance, romance, purification, healing, calming and freedom; all depending on which floral ingredients you choose.

    We were surrounded by a bounty of creative minds, an array of flavoursome treats and the most photogenic creations we ever did see! Here is a photo journal of how our Sunday was spent…

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    Photo by Miss Anwyn.

    Photo by Miss Anwyn

    Photo by Miss Anwyn.

    Photo by Miss Anwyn

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    Photo by Miss Anwyn.

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    image via Miss Anwyn.

    Miss Bliss Treats and BNE Soda Co. provided some sweet and savoury flavours, with everything from a pink rose pannacotta with pistachio and rose petal crumble (yum!) to a thirst quenching pink grapefruit and rosemary soda.

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    Image by Miss Anwyn.

    Thank you to all our friends who attended, BNE Soda Co. and Miss Bliss Treats for the delicious treats that were supplied, and to Mim for being the host of our dreams.

    We’re still on cloud nine..

    Aurora Floral Studio

    @aurorafloralstudio

    www.facebook.com/aurorafloralstudio

    Miss Bliss Treats

    @missblisstreats

    www.missblisstreats.com.au

    BNE Soda Co.

    @bne.soda.co

    www.bnesodaco.com

    Big love to our photographer (and guest!) Miss Anwyn.

  • Girl Crush: Ella Kate Thrupp

    She is a young, thriving, lover of life, that excels in creating infectious works of art. Ella Kate Thrupp is a Molten Store kindred spirit.

    Her unique eye for detail separates her from the herd, and we couldn’t be more inspired to know more about this curious soul.

    A long-time friend & collaborator of Molten Store, Ella illustrated a series of delicate pencil artworks to commemorate the launch of Molten Bridal late last year, and more recently dreamed up a design for a limited edition tote bag that we produced for Westfield Carindale‘s Cosmic Up Late event. 

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    Ella Thrupp for Molten Bridal.

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    Ella’s initial concepts for the Cosmic Girl design.

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    Gritty Pretty blogger Eleanor Pendlteon with her tote bag. Image by @dblackolive.

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    Molten Store x Westfield Carindale tote bags by Ella Thrupp. Image by @dblackolive.

    At what age did you start showing interest in creating art?

    I really can’t remember exactly when I started, for me it’s been a forever thing, but my earliest memories of drawing have been beside a football field while my brother would play his games. I think my mum gave me a pencil and paper one day just to keep me busy. While it’s grown and transformed over the years, I’ve never stopped.

    Describe your style of art…

    It’s a little bit of a chameleon. I have a few different styles that I swing between, and they vary from realistic pencil drawings and oil paintings to fantasy watercolours, featuring ethereal women and animals. I think the common thread between the different subjects is the key detail and expression. I’d like my art to be able to tell a story, whatever style it’s in, whether it’s a story behind a particular look, or a symbol, or the subject itself. I think that kind of narrative in art gives artwork substance and weight, and that’s what I try to commonly achieve for my own.

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    Are you drawn to create these images in this style, or do you find it flows naturally?

    A little bit of both. It’s kind of like a muscle memory sensation that makes me want to create. Sometimes I’ll crave the feeling of piling oil paint onto a canvas with a brush, or other times I’ll want the feeling of pencil. I’ve found though, when you’re drawn to create something, it will follow that it flows naturally. I’ve always found that I’ve been most comfortable with graphite pencils and watercolours most of all, so often what I draw will come out through that natural comfort.

    Do you draw inspiration from anything in particular?

    It varies. Sometimes I’ll see something out and about, and it’ll start a thought from there. Other times when I hear music, or watch movies, or even just see a beautiful work of art – all of that acts as inspiration. I’ve become a bit of a sponge to it lately.

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    Do you prefer dreaming things up in your imagination, or creating an interpretation of something in front of you?

    Again, it’s a little bit of both. For my realism art, I draw from an image in front of me. Otherwise I go from something in my imagination. I often find myself dreaming up little images in my mind – there are a lot of artworks locked up that are yet to make it on paper!

    Who do you look up to most in the industry?

    Gosh, so many people! I’m incredibly inspired by the masters: George Stubbs for his horses, Van Gogh for his loose sketches of women. But I’m also in love with artists like Monica Rohan (also a Brisbane based artist!) who creates these gorgeous paintings falling women in myriads of painted foliage and fabric.

    Otherwise, I get really excited by just about any artist that marches to their own tune. I often waste a lot of time getting stuck into an artists Instagram. There are so many incredible artists just floating around.

    What would be a dream place to see your art displayed?

    A gallery would be my dream. I’d love to be approached to display in an exhibition. Other than that, having my art displayed anywhere where it’s going to be viewed by people who enjoy it is always really exciting!

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    Where do you see yourself and your creations in 5 years time?

    Oh wow, that could be a very big question. I’d love to do some big commissions and see my art hanging in restaurants, cafes – of course, an exhibition down the track would be amazing.

    I also dig any opportunity to involve my art in fashion, so more collabs down the track would be amazing.

    It’s a big dream, but I’d also love to be able to support myself entirely off my art. That would be incredible. At the moment, my current aim is to get some prints available for wholesale for those who want to purchase my art but can’t afford to purchase original works.

    What do you hope your audience feels when they see your artwork?

    As long as they feel something, it’s fine. I myself feel very calm and at peace whenever I’m creating, so I’d hope that peacefulness transfers across to the audience – kind of like a big breath out.

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    What are your last words for aspiring artists in this day and age?

    I don’t feel qualified to answer this, because I’m an aspiring artist too. I think we’ve all just got to work really hard.

    Stella McCartney once said that if you really want “the thing” you’re either going to have to work, or save up, but if you really want it, it will come to you. Often in its own way.

    I’ve realised that’s very true. I think we’ve just got to have faith and stick our heads down and keep moving, and also support each other.

    I often find I have to remind myself that creativity isn’t a competition – we’ve all got to have our creative friends’ backs.

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    We’ve partnered with Ella to give away her original, hand-drawn Cosmic Girl illustration! For your chance to win this one-of-a-kind piece, simply be following @ellakatethrupp, @westfieldcarindale & @moltenstore on instagram and comment on any of the Cosmic Girl image we post on the morning of Thursday March 18. A winner will be selected on March 22. Good luck!

  • Meet Miriam, Founder of Aurora Floral Studios

    Miriam Fergie is a drop of fresh rain on a sunlit afternoon. 

    The sweetly humble founder of Aurora Floral Studios has recently made the leap from cafe owner to florist, immersing herself in a career that fuels her admiration for the natural beauty of blooms.

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    We had the pleasure of collaborating with Mim to host a DIY Smudge Stick event in our James Street Trove for an afternoon of scents, florals, treats and goodness.

    As a child, Mim would make wishes on dandelions, pick wildflowers from the side of the road and make magic potions from the flowers that spilled over her neighbours fence.

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    Mim draws on this aesthetic with every arrangement she creates. Each one beings as a blank canvas, forming it’s own personality and telling its own story.

    We had the pleasure of asking Mim some curious questions to delve a little deeper into her enchanting mind… 

    What drew you to floristry?

    I love everything about flowers. I love that they bring new life to an existing space. They’re so honest and untamed, and even their imperfections are beautiful. Each flower tells its own story and I think it’s so exciting to be able to express yourself with such beauty each day.

    How did you dream up Aurora Floral Studio?

    Aurora is all about embracing life and following your heart. I want to create arrangements that are beautifully untamed and organically undone. Aurora represents the free-spirited, the risk takers and the hopeless romantics.

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    What has been your greatest adventure as a creative?

    I started my first business (Two Trees) almost 4 years ago now. To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, or where I’d be a few years down the track. A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into starting a business, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I get to see my dreams come to life, and be my own boss.

    I’ve met so many amazing and inspiring people along the way, and I never stop learning.

    It’s a dream come true really; a never ending adventure.

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    What are your main sources of inspiration?

    The list is never ending, but first and foremost I’m inspired by nature. I’m an early riser and I love the colour of the sky in the morning, the texture of the clouds, and the soft light that bounces around the room giving it that warm, dreamy glow. I love to create arrangements that are reminiscent of feelings like these.

    What’s your ultimate dream destination for floral inspiration?

    I’d probably have to say Southern France; Where the surroundings are breathtaking and the meadows are carpeted with wildflowers.

    Thank you Mim!

    To see what beauty Mim dreams up next, visit her page www.facebook.com/aurorafloralstudio and follow her on Instagram @aurorafloralstudio 

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  • Molten Bridal Launch Day

    It’s no secret that we’re inspired by all things beautiful, poetic, and sentimental. We think love is the greatest adventure of all, so it was only natural for us to champion our goodies as totems of love. 

    Molten Bridal is our offering for the spirited bride; boundless gems and thoughtful accessories that will honour the celebration between her and her beloved.

    I still remember the first bride who chose a glittering pair of earrings from Molten Store for her fairytale day. The dreamy being posted some of her wedding photos to her instagram and tagged Molten Store.

    The feeling I had when I saw her glowing face, adorned with Molten Store gems, beaming with the radiant smile that arrives the moment you begin such an exciting chapter… Honestly, the feeling was indescribable.

    We launched the Molten Bridal brand in late November 2015 on a sunlit afternoon in our James Street trove. Our girl crush Ella Thrupp collaborated with us to produce illustrations of our Molten Bridal muse Yani which were displayed amongst a bounty of future heirlooms.   

    Nodo Donuts crafted donuts adorned with delicate blooms and our friends at Bee One Third offered up platters of wild honeycomb and local honey sourced from rooftops above James Street.  

    Long live love.

    x Jessy

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    The trove was oozing edible beauty. Trove muse Grace was extra pleased with the treats that were on offer.

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    We could not dream up a more captivating way to celebrate our new endeavour. After all… they say love is the greatest adventure – and Molten Store loves adventures…

    Thank you to Nodo Donuts and Bee One Third for your beautiful creations.

    @beeonethird

    @nododonuts

    http://www.beeonethird.com/

    http://nodo.com.au/