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One to Watch: Melissa Foster

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

How did you feel about winning a Colour in Design Award – what does it mean to you?

When I found out that I had been shortlisted and when judges wanted to speak with me about my work, I was buzzing. It was a really exciting process and it felt great to know that people, especially professionals, actually like my work. Looking at all the work of those who applied was crazy as they were all so good, so it was very nice to see my work was up-there with them.

What inspires your creative process?

Different cultures and travel seem to always inspire my creative process whether it is from the methods used by indigenous tribes or the values and beliefs of independent communities, culture influences my work no matter what. Aside from my conceptual process, bold colours and quirky shapes inspires my way of working as I am a big fan of graphic and abstract-styled artworks.

What do you want to do next?

I would like to either become a freelancer and do commissions for smaller, ethical brands and businesses or, work for a cool, independent brand or studio creating all sorts of designs for ceramics, rugs or anything interior wise.

Creative high point?

As well as a high point being awarded a Colour in Design Award, my creative high point would have to be achieving a first for my first project in third year of university. This was my first lockdown project, so I was lacking inspiration and was getting bored of the repetition in everyday life. I managed to create something interesting out of this which I was very happy about.

Creative low point?

A creative low point would have to be having a creative existential crisis during that same project. Not knowing where you lie creatively and being unsure of what inspires you is difficult when being creative is what you depend on. It isn’t the best time when creating is the only thing you actually like doing.

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. Definitely my boyfriend, he always reassured me that I didn’t have to change the way I work or change my style to fit in commercially. He managed to keep it fun and exciting for me even when I felt fed-up and uninspired at points.

What is your favourite colour?

It’s always orange. It looks the best and goes with every colour way ever!



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