Meet Molly Meng and take a look around her antique-filled art studio.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

Paper artist, Molly Meng, finds inspiration in objects for another era.

“I’m obsessed with anything old,” she explains as she points to the sun-bleached curtains that flank one of her dioramas.

A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

All of Molly’s work has a detailed story behind it. Whether she knows the factual backgrounds of her flea market finds or not, Molly develops characters and complex lives for the artifacts she buys. She is constantly on the hunt for ephemera to fuel her mixed-media art pieces and incorporate into the cards she creates for 8mm Ideas greeting cards.

A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

Molly keeps many of the treasures she collects in the studio space with fellow maker, Robert Mahar, in the Spring Arts Tower in Downtown L.A.

She and Robert moved into the space in 2014 and the transition from crafting at home to crafting in a studio has been a refreshing one.

Molly Meng's studio space is a treasure to tour for antique lovers.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

“Being able to walk into a room of one’s own and sit down with your own tools, your own pencils, your own photos, you own books – it lends a completely different vibe to what you end up creating. Because you have the space to create.”

A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

“At home I can always find a dish to wash, I can always find a dog to feed, or a couch to vacuum or a plant to be pruned. It’s a constant if you are at home. Having your own space is a really huge treat.”

A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards
A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

The additional space is used to house a portion of her collection of antique books. It also gives her room to spread out when she’s working on a project and provides both Molly and Robert a place to host workshops and events.

A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards
A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

While the actual square footage is limited, Molly makes the most of it.

“I try to keep as much out as possible.”

Being surrounded by her collections allows her to find constant inspiration for her creative projects.

A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

“If I’m stuck creatively and I don’t know what next step to take, I usually pull something off the shelf or I go into my photographs and maybe pull out a stack of photos.”

A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

The texture. The smell. The history. The richness of old stuff allows Molly to create wonderfully layered and dynamic work like her concertina collage books and book boxes.

A look inside the studio of Molly Meng.
credit: Kate Moran Edwards

See more of Molly and her studio space in the tour below: