By Jessy Cameron
The first day of a buying trip is always a whirlwind. With limited time up my sleeve, I just try to absorb as much inspiration as I can.
I rarely catch public transport at home in Brisbane, so I actually relish the time I have to read on plane flights and train journeys. I took a bundle of good reads with me; Marco Polo’s ‘Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls’ was toast within a day.
I visit Hong Kong twice a year to catch up with artisans from all over the world who visit the city to showcase their new goodies. Learning about the different kind of design techniques used by creators from different parts of the world has been such an adventure.
Molten Store has grown so much since I last travelled to Hong Kong so it was wonderful to connect and celebrate with the artisans who have helped me bring this all to life.
We spent hours pouring over embellishments and design concepts, dreaming up new treasures.
I stayed in a hotel in Wan Chai, my favourite corner of Hong Kong. I spent hours lingering around Star Street and Moon Street, traipsing through the galleries, boutiques and cafes. I lost count of the time I spent in Odd One Out, an art gallery that offers prints, cards and handmade zines, hunting for some art for our new office.
Our Twin Peaks earrings are inspired by Hong Kong’s mountainous terrain. The lines between mankind and nature collide as skyscrapers battle for supremacy in the shadow of The Peak (Hong Kong’s highest point, accessible by tram and worth the long journey for the view at the top).
I stumbled across an incredible four storey vintage store hidden down a lane way. After battling my way through crowds of shoppers, I emerged victorious with an armful glorious finds, including a liquid gold metallic vest and a 70’s style white blouse.
While I was treasure hunting abroad, my new store was taking shape on home soil. Architect Paul Owen invited artist Susan Lincoln to take up a residency in store at the trove, so she set up a studio and spent the week creating an ethereal assemblage artwork in store. It was the greatest rush watching it come to life from afar (Susan sent me daily updates of her works-in-progress); she’s impossibly clever.
My week abroad seemed to pass by in a flash; the time slipped through my fingers like glitter. I returned home on a night flight, waking up at dawn to a rainbow sunrise.
Molten Store is at 2, 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm