• 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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  • 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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  • Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

     

    As Jessy wanders through Japan in search of inspiration, we too have adventure on our mind…

    While we were researching far flung destinations for her to visit, we unearthed the Flower Park in Ashikaga. 

    This ephemeral utopia boast a stunning array of 5,000 azalea bushes and 150 year old Wisteria trees, making this a literal floral daydream. 

    No one visit to the park is the same, with each season bringing new, unique blooms with it.

    Follow Jessy’s Japan frolics on our Instagram via @moltenstore and our Snapchat (MOLTENSTORE).

     

  • 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

  • The Wave – Arizona & Utah, USA

    What a dream to see the illusion of the sea’s soft aesthetics on warm, red soil.

    The Wave, located between Arizona and Utah in the USA, delivers this incredible geological wonder.

    As sand dunes have slowly taken a solidified form of rocks with the years gone by, they display ribbons of colours replicating and immortalising the movement of an ocean wave; a pure illustration of our world’s everlasting changes.

    Our imagination runs wild at the sight of this red ribbon wonderland… 

  • From Oceans to Foreign Fields

    “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. ” – Anatole France

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    Tomorrow I take to the skies for Japan in search of beautiful goodies.  

    This trip, my first international voyage for the year, marks the first in a string of scheduled sojourns in pursuit of inspiration. Over the next three months, I’ll be travelling to Tokyo, Tulum, Los Angeles, Rome, Florence, Paris and beyond…

    Some of these destinations are, on paper, work-related. Travelling to meet with our makers, source new finds… Others hold court more in the realm of ‘pleasure’ than ‘business’.

    But for a creative entrepreneur, is there much distinction from one to the other?

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    In the 2009 documentary, The September Issue, iconic Vogue US Fashion Editor Grace Coddington drives through Versailles. Staring thoughtfully out the window of her taxi, she muses;

    “In my early years as a fashion editor I worked with (photographer) Norman Parkinson and he taught me to always keep my eyes open, never go to sleep in the car, keep watching, because whatever you see out the window can inspire you.”

    For me, travel is a love story in real time. There is poetry in the vulnerability you feel when you arrive at a new place, attempt to greet a stranger in their native language, and discover new ways of being, doing, and existing for the first time.

    I can’t wait to share this chapter of the adventure with you. I’ll be instagramming and Snap-chatting (add us via MOLTENSTORE) up a storm whenever I find something I think you’ll love, so stay tuned.

    Stay wild,

    x Jessy

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  • Molten Store X Aurora Floral Studio

     

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    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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    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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    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..

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    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!