Meet the Makers
Hello we are Miss Molly's, also known as Mel, Dave and Hannah. A family of artisan toymakers from beautiful country East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
Miss Molly's began in 2012 when I was at home with my small children. I had a background in visual arts and early childhood and began making cloth dolls on our family dining room table to occupy my creative heart. One day I asked my husband Dave if he would like to make a little chair for my handcrafted dolls and from there everything snowballed.
It is no surprise that Dave is gifted in toymaking, he was taught wood and metal work by his father and grandfather and still to this day uses tools that have been handed down to him. He also has a background in metal work and production management.
This year our daughter Hannah officially joined Miss Molly's, working in the studio painting and finishing the toys. Hannah is very creative and artistic and has the beginnings of being an amazing artist.
Our toymaking has grown through our collaborating and unique skill sets; Dave's stunning woodworking and my stories and imaginations that have come from over 2 decades of working with young children. For the last 5 years we have been selling our toys through the fabulous Handmade Canberra market. However we have recently moved to selling our toys exclusively online.
We work from our workshop in Bairnsdale and our studio situated in a quiet little valley on the way to Fairy Dell. East Gippsland definitely inspires our toymaking with all the farms, forests, gardens and beaches that surround us.
When we're not making toys Dave and I love heading up into the mountains or to the beach and spending time with our large family, while Hannah loves photography, drawing and her pet ducks Bluebell and Buttercup.