• THE HOME LAND

    She’s the girl with kaleidoscope eyes. Meet our trove team member Melody; raven-haired and softly-spoken, she is intrepid and nonchalant in equal measure.

    On a long weekend not long ago, she packed an overnighter and took to the skies for the South Australian countryside. Here, she shares her favourite find: Lake Bumbunga.

     

    I recently travelled to Adelaide after hearing so many wonderful things about the city. Although the city itself did live up to its expectations, It was the landscape of South Australia that really captured my heart. 

    An hour and a half North of Adelaide is a place called ‘Lake Bumbunga’. Which totally blew my mind. A must see for anyone thinking of travelling to South Australia. Its nestled in the beautiful Australian outback amongst the red dirt. It truly is a pink paradise.

    The Australian outback is often an overlooked destination of travel choice. Growing up in Australia, it was always a dream to travel to far away lands that I’d hear about and that would often get more recognition. It has only been more recently that I have started to look within Australia for travel inspiration. I am seeing the landscape, colours and botanicals of my homeland with new eyes and I’ve realised I’ve never been more in love with this place.

    Images via Melody Neale.

  • 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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  • Finding Inspiration With Painter Lily Rose Duffy

    Lily Duffy… as sweet as her name implies. Whether it be her soulful kitchen creations or canvas’ splashed with colour as bright as her infectious spirit, this Sydney-sider is not short of creative flare. Happiest with paint brush in hand in her paint-spattered Bondi studio, you can often catch her strolling down to the beach during sunset hour. We’re enamoured with Lily’s zest for life which transpires in each of her creations; she is a Molten Store kindred spirit, the ultimate Muse and we couldn’t wait to dive a little deeper to find out more about this curious soul…

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  • Travel With The Travelling Light

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    Her name is Katie McKnoulty, and since 2011 she has delved into the depths of the great unknown, starting her widely followed blog, The Travelling Light. Since leaving everything she knew behind to pursue a lifestyle more suited to her creative capabilities and longing for never-ending adventure, Katie has mesmerised over 27,000 dreamers around the globe.

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  • Globetrotter: Jaharn Giles

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    We crush on the wanderlusting spirits of the world, who aren’t afraid of the unknown; who thrive off new discoveries and who pave the way for the modest adventurer.

    Jaharn Giles founded the Mister Weekender blog in late 2013, and has since encouraged and inspired (over 70,000) souls across the globe to see the world at first hand.

    Cast your eyes over Jaharn’s breathtaking imagery of her travels…and prepare to be blown away…

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    Mister Weekender ventures to destinations near and far, we love the array of locations she shares with her readers.

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    This beauty has inspired the Molten muses to venture out and experience all corners of the world. 

    We are longing to see where she ends up next…

    To follow Jaharn on her around the world travels visit www.misterweekender.com and @misterweekender

  • 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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    Image via Ella Thrupp.

    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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    Image via Ella Thrupp.

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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!

  • The Magical Amanda Krantz

    It started with a gift…

    For my birthday in November last year, my pal Steve surprised me with the universe.

    Well, a print of the universe to be exact; an outrageously vibrant, psychedelic interpretation of the clustered cosmos by the exceptionally talented, Melbourne-based artist Amanda Krantz.

    Her impressive artworks can only be described as pure magic, and the Molten team are completely enamoured with her work. We asked this curious soul some questions about her enchanting art and peeked into her dreamy imagination…

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    You are such a natural at what you do! How old were you when you started showing interest in art?

    Thank you! I was interested in art, and in making things since forever, I’ve been told. I guess I was that kid that always had clag glue in her hair! Although drawing and colouring was high up there on my priorities as a kid, I think just the act of creating was what I longed to do. My parents would say creating mess, mostly…. and not much has changed there.

    How would you describe your artistic style?

    I call it organic-psychedelia. Organic in that much of my work is created in pours, so both the motion of delivery and the result are free-flowing and organic.

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    Where do you draw your inspiration from?

    Nature, mostly. I particularly like to notice the little alien-fantasy worlds at the level of mosses, and fungi. The act of painting itself is another major inspiration. Many ideas come from working in the studio… this is why if you are ever stuck or blocked, you are best to work and eventually you will unblock yourself.

    Do you dream up each piece or do they spontaneously fall together when you start?

    A bit of both, and the amount of each varies with each painting. The benefit of painting in many layers, is you have the freedom change and go with the flow. You can let each layer dictate your next move.

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    Your pieces look so intricate and detailed, how long do they take to complete? 

    There is often a lot of work in each piece, it’s true, but I couldn’t tell you how long they take me. I usually work on 5 at a time. This gives each layer a chance to dry, and a chance for me to think about my next move. From start to finish, I guess each piece is being worked on in the studio for about a month.

    What do you hope for people feel when they see your artwork?

    Hmmm… I hope they feel a sense of playfulness, and beauty and connection to beauty in nature.

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    What is the ultimate goal for yourself as an artist?

    I have been very lucky so far in my career, and I hope mostly that the universe will provide enough for me to continue painting for the remainder of my time here. That’s a privilege granted to few, and while I’m aware of that, and would be happy with that, my ultimate goal would be to have complete creative freedom with a limitless budget and create large dreamland works and worlds.

    Who would be a dream client to purchase one of your artworks?

    That’s tough one. Elton John? I think you know you’ve made it when Elton buys your work!

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    What words of wisdom would you pass on to the aspiring artists and creatives?

    I do have a lot of words of wisdom for those just starting out, but I won’t go on too much because I guess part of it is finding your own way and not giving too much weight to what others say. But here are a few important ones:

    • Stay out of debt, because your creative self really doesn’t need that pressure.
    • Make a lot of work, even if it’s bad.
    • Listen to podcasts in the studio.

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    To view or purchase Amanda’s colourful artwork visit www.amandakrantz.com/

    Follow @amandakrantzstudio to see what masterpiece she dreams up next