Artist Spotlight: Scavenger Designs

Molly Midroy Dougherty is constantly on the look-out for old, interesting wood to transform into functional art. For her business SCaVenGeR deSigNs, she incorporates at least one found, re-purposed, recycled, or scavenged component into every piece. Molly’s creations include signs, coat and hat racks, garden art, wall hangings, and one-of-a-kind stationary.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always dreamed about being the next Jane Goodall. I couldn’t think of anything better than watching chimpanzees in the wild all day long. Last year, I saw her talk at Duke and then had the great privilege of meeting her while I was in Tanzania! I find her a true inspiration and a source of hope when the world’s problems seem insurmountable.

How do you plan for the future of your business? I’m hoping to develop more of an online presence by finally finishing my website and setting up an Etsy page, and I plan to continue selling my wares face-to-face. One of my other goals is to find a way to marry my creative talents with my passion for the environment, by making art that inspires people to be mindful consumers and live harmoniously with all the other beings on this beautiful planet we call home — and yes, I’m open to suggestions!

What do you do when you have artist’s block? I turn to my creative bible, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and immediately begin writing my three “morning pages” each day. This workbook has changed my life and continues to do so every time I read it! The tools and exercises she assigns her readers have a way of not only getting creative juices flowing again but also inviting wonderful and serendipitous happenings into one’s life. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Just a few weeks until The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 10! Stop by Molly’s booth and check out all of her fantastic, functional art pieces.

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