At Home With ... Mollie Purvis

 

This week we chat with talented creative Mollie Purvis, who also happens to be Annie's cousin! Mollie has spent the quieter parts of this year enjoying her days painting, drawing and sculpting an array of beautiful pieces. Mollie seems able to master any artistic pursuit she puts her hand to and is truly a woman of many talents! We hope you enjoy our conversation with her. 

 

Mollie wears the Elka Collective Carmine Knit Top

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Mollie!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hey! My name is Mollie, I’m 23, I grew up on a farm near Hamilton where I went to Baimbridge College. I then moved to Melbourne where I studied Interior Design at RMIT. I now work in South Melbourne. I love to read, sleep, go out for food and wine, and paint! Whenever I can I like to travel back to my parent’s property to relax and have a break from the city. I have a small studio space there where I create a varied array of artwork. I mostly paint or create what I’m drawn to, however I also do commissions. 

 

Mollie wears the Assembly Label T-shirt available from our sister store Annie Mayfield, shop similar style here

What have you been creating lately?

Recently I have been doing a lot of pencil work, which can be challenging due to the detail, but I love a challenge! After the first covid lockdown I went to stay with my parents, and started limestone carving. At the beginning, I planned to just make one for myself, but once I started I found there were so many more designs I wanted to try. It’s something very different and outside my comfort zone – but I’m loving it! I also have taken on more commissions than ever this year – Which has been exciting. I think with people being at home more often they are appreciating the joy that something as simple as a piece of art can bring to the home.

A corner of Mollie's home styled with one of her own paintings 

Has anything inspired you or captured your attention lately?

I’m always listening to a podcast when I paint – mostly true crime (Australian True Crime), but I try to mix it up. I love the ‘listenABLE’ podcast hosted by Dylan Alcott, which talks to people living with a disability, and challenges societies perception on what it is like to live with a disability. I recently finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing which I would recommend – amazing imagery! I’ve been getting into Schitt's Creek on Netflix as an easy, funny show.

Mollie wears the Elka Collective Carmine Knit Top

What pieces are you loving for summer and the warmer weather? 

I am absolutely loving the Hut boyfriend shirts! They are such beautiful cool linen that is just so comfy and soft. Oversized shirts are a must have for me in the warmer months. I am also rarely seen without my Supergas. I am a big gold jewellery fan, so I really love the reasonably priced Jolie & Deen pieces to accessorise a simple look.

We love to support local, do you have a few favourite places to eat, drink or shop In your neighbourhood? Or around Geelong?

Whenever I come down to Geelong, I go straight to Mayfield, by far the best fashion retail! I also am a big coffee fan, so I grab myself a coffee from Butter and Co on the way. I also LOVE Boom gallery, they have some seriously amazing art featured and their Sunday café does an amazing brunch!

In Mollie's studio with a work in progress

What are your plans for the summer holidays?

This Summer I hope to be spending a lot of time in Port Fairy, relaxing & reading. I’m looking forward to getting back into creating more limestone works! I also really want to make the most of all my favourite small businesses after what has been a crazy year, shopping local for Christmas this year!

 

 

One of Mollie's beautiful limestone pieces

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