While training as an architect, Molly Mcgrath had a realization that spun her career in a different direction than she had expected. The laser cutter Molly was using daily to produce architectural models inspired her signature jewelry, wall hangings, and homewares line.
I recently visited Molly's workspace hidden away in a Wells Fargo building in the Mission District of San Francisco. Although small in square footage, Molly's studio is open, airy, and full of inspiration. The mid-century desks and tables are neatly organized with stacks of colorful materials, papers, glues, and jewelry chains and clasps. I was in awe of how much detail and time goes into each and every piece she produces. Molly starts the design process with a sketch inspired by traveling, nature, architecture, patterns, textile designs, and optical illusions. She then drafts her concepts into Autocad and uses the laser cutter to create an intricate layered design. Molly's pieces consist of many cut layers of leathers, suede, paper, thin wood veneers, and other reclaimed materials. Her use of metallic leathers, vibrant colors, and beautiful hand chosen textiles creates a unique kaleidoscope feel in her pieces.
This is the perfect time of year to share Molly's work with you as holiday shopping and the hunt for a few one-of-a-kind gifts is just around the corner! Take a look at Molly M. Designs most recent pieces for sale here.