Continuing on with Sunday Artist Interviews – many are lined up, so keep checking back – here’s Molly to tell you a little about herself and her work…
First of all, who are you?
Hi, I’m Molly of MollyG Designs. I have just moved back to the area I grew up in, Sawbridgeworth in north Herts. I live there with my husband and daughter. I have a small part time job which I can deal with on line as and when it fits in which is wonderful as my first love is sewing. I design and make soutache jewellery and accessories. Soutache is a braid and has been around for a long time used in furnishings and on clothing but is relatively new being used for jewellery. It is all hand stitched. I discovered it by chance when I saw a book on the subject and have been experimenting and designing with the braid ever since. I love the possibilities that there are with the colours and combining the braid with beads of all sorts and even silk Shibori ribbon. One of my proudest moments was when I was a winner in the SBS competition run by Theo Paphitis.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I never really knew what I wanted to do when I grew up but have always had a passion for creating. My parents and now my husband may say creating a mess, as what I’m working on spreads from room to room at times and supplies can be found in all corners of the house :).
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I’m not sure anything really funny has happened to me as an artist but I’m sure that anyone who ‘makes’ in which ever technique can relate to the happy dance when something sells. The dance is a real thing and I’m sure must look funny should anyone see it.
What is the hardest part of being creative?
The hardest part for me as a creative is the other bits that you have to deal with to sell your work. Firstly, the confidence that it is good enough and worth the asking price. Also the photography, it can be so difficult getting a good shot that shows the colours clearly. Not to mention the listings, advertising and eeek….tax returns! All we want to do is create but there’s so much else involved.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Advice….believe. Believe in your work, don’t compare it to others (hard I know). There will be good times and bad. When you feel low try to remember why you started in the first place and let your original passion inspire you again. Sometimes you need to step away for a time so that you can come back with clear eyes and your mojo running again.
What subjects inspire you?
I find inspiration in many places. Sometimes I’ll pick a bead or a braid up and start thinking of a design that would work with that. I see an outfit and think about a design that would go with it. I rarely draw out a design unless I’m working on a commission and want to show a customer the ideas. I f you saw my drawings you would understand why! Give me a needle any day. I’m also inspired by nature. The colour combinations of flowers, a bright glowing sunset sky, frost, coral, almost anything can spark an idea.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
I don’t know about the greatest as views change from day to day and I work with a textile so I’m going to choose 3 peoples work that I find inspiring at this present time. Mister Finch who creates amazing textile figures mixing fantasy fairytales with natural animals. Jean Littlejohn who’s work I found so inspiring while on a creative embroidery course. An amazing use of colour and stitch. Zandra Rhodes for her absolutely fabulous and fearless use of colour and style. Not sure I would wear many of her pieces but they are amazing.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Choosing a painter this time, Holbien, but the textile reference is there with his beautiful capture in minute detail of blackwork embroidery on the garments of his sitters. Back to fashion again, Coco Chanel and her timeless designs, elegance and changing the look of what women wore. William Morris, another textile designer who was involved with the British Arts and Crafts Movement. I love the beautiful detail of his work.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
This necklace is my favourite piece. A commission for a customer who had seen the design in cream but wanted colour! It was a joy to make.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
This was the last piece I sold.
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Now cheese, chedder……St Ague…..stilton…..bri…. Oh I don’t know, I just love cheese ?
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