We chat with Molly Wemyss, founder of the Junior Design Award-winning, Molly & the Wolf: a beautifully curated selection of toys, books, clothes and other goodies for children
What is your morning routine?
We set the alarm for 6am, so that we can go for a long walk to clear our heads before the day begins. Wolf (my dog, and company's namesake) likes a lie in-though, so this doesn’t always happen. When we arrive back home, we’ll stick the coffee on and the working day begins.
What is your office environment like?
Our office is home – a lovely old factory that’s been converted into flats. It’s a beautiful but tiny space, so the kitchen table becomes our desk for the day.
Do you have such a thing as a ‘typical’ day?
Never. I run Molly & The Wolf by myself, so my day could consist of anything from photographing stock and making craft kits, through to advertising, or running a market stall.
Molly and her Wolf
Did you always want to do what you do now, for a job?
I’ve always loved the idea of having my own shop, but having worked in the music industry for the last ten years organising gigs and festivals, I never thought it would happen.
What was the first thing you wanted to be ‘when you grew up’?
An artist. As a family, we used to spend endless summers up on the west coast of Scotland and each year my father, who loves art, would invite an artist to come and stay with us so that they could paint the beautiful scenery. Each of the artists who came to stay were incredibly patient and would let me sit with them while they painted, and then they’d let me paint too, and give me some tips. I loved it.
What is the best thing about your job?
Choosing all the things that we sell, and also making each of the craft kits that form Wolf’s Craft Club, our craft subscription service. Choosing the products allows me to take long trips down memory lane. I handpick each product for its exceptional quality, because it tells a story, or just because it’s brilliantly fun. Making the craft kits can be very therapeutic and gives me a chance to be creative, when I might otherwise be sitting in an office.
Gorgeous products at Molly & the Wolf
Are there any downsides to your job?
Controlling the diva activities of the Wolf...
How do you come up with creative, original ideas?
If I need to get really creative, I head to my parent’s house in Scotland. It’s amazing. My mind clears, and with a little help from my friend 'Pinterest', ideas start flooding in. I’ve also set myself a year-long challenge in which I have to either make something, or learn a new technique, twice a month, for a year. This has been brilliant for allowing me to keep creating. You can follow our progress on Instagram @mollyandthewolf!
How do you juggle family life, with work life?
I don’t have children yet, so feel incredibly lucky to have so much time and energy to plough into Molly & the Wolf, while it’s still in its infancy. I have so much respect for lots of my friends who are amazing mothers and seem to be able juggle everything brilliantly – I’m not sure how I’d do it.
One of Molly's crafty ideas...
What do you do outside of work, with your family?
Music is still a big part of my life, and together with my partner Jason we’re responsible for creating the art installations for the wonderful End of the Road Festival. This means that weekends are often spent seeking inspiration at art exhibitions and shows, and when we’re not doing that I love long walks, good food and red wine!
Would you want your children to follow in your footsteps?
While what I do is great fun, I wouldn’t necessarily want my children to follow in my footsteps. I’d do what my parents did – I’d encourage creativity, and see where that takes them.
What is coming up, work wise, for you and your business? Any new ventures?
I’ve got an exciting 'ideas' list that’s as long as my arm, but at the moment I’m focusing on doing what we do really well, and getting that right. We do have a couple of collaborations in the pipeline though…
If you had superhero skills, what would be your dream job?
My superhero skill would be to ‘split myself in two’ so that I could get twice as much done.
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