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.
Ella Thrupp for Molten Bridal.
Ella’s initial concepts for the Cosmic Girl design.
Gritty Pretty blogger Eleanor Pendlteon with her tote bag. Image by @dblackolive.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Image via Ella Thrupp.
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!