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One to Watch - Cora Murphy

Where did you study and what was the course title?

Northumbria University

3D Design, Product and furniture

Name of your lecturer – course tutor?

Rickard whittingham

Trevor Duncan

Creative mission statement - or just something to say about your work:

I believe that design should be colour driven. Within my work I have continuously made this a priority. Design should be fun and a way to express ourselves.

How do you feel about being shortlisted by the judges and being selected as a ‘One to Watch’?

I can’t believe it! It’s an honor to be shortlisted alongside amazing talent.

How important is colour in your work and how do you choose and narrow down colours?

Colour is so important in my work! It’s one of the first things I think about. I use colour to express my self and add a little character to the designs. I choose the colour by choosing a story I want to tell, then narrate this through multiple choices of colour .The colour choice is never ending!

What is your main source of inspiration?

My main source of information is definitely art! Being influenced by Hella Jongerius and David Hockney and how they both use colour to define their work.

What makes you happiest/most fulfilled in your creative process?

I enjoy experimenting and seeing what the outcome is! Creating different ways to create solutions and having fun with different techniques.

What are you working on now/next?

Currently I’m looking on how to widen my range of ‘colourful furniture’. I am also enjoying exploring new ways to create colour!

Where do you want to be in 3 years’ time?

In 3 years I would like to be still creating pieces that are infused with colour and character!

Creative high point?

New designers was a creative high point! Being with other designers and see amazing pieces of work! And also being shortlisted for a ‘one to watch’ award.

Creative low point?

Feeling as tho I can’t complete something, not having the confidence to give it a go!

Is there one person during your studies/life who has really made a difference to you? – Maybe in terms of encouraging you when you were at a low point, pushing you in different directions unlocking your potential etc.

My dad is someone who I turn to a lot! He always has the perfect quote to help push me. But also the rest of my family, always being my biggest cheerleaders.

What is your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is Yellow!



Instagram: @cor4ellen


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