Zoe Murphy, photographed by Michael Leckie
Sticking with our happy, positive theme, we just had to speak to the sunniest person on the planet, Zoe Murphy.
Who is Zoe Murphy?
Zoe is a furniture and textile printer from Margate. She's one our favourite creatives and has given us hours of joy through these uncertain times with her energy and enthusiasm for life. Make sure you check out Zoe’s Instagram and YouTube channels.
What is your specialty?
“My main occupation is screen printing onto old pieces of furniture that people don't want anymore. But I am also passionate about sustainability. I work with any kind of recycled textiles or organic textiles that I think should be championed”.
What’s your main source of inspiration?
“When I first started screen printing, it was all about my seaside hometown of Margate. I wanted to revitalise the town and people's perceptions of it. I wanted to evoke the happy memories – and I still do”.
What’s your relationship with the yellow colour palette?
“I use yellow as a complementary colour for main colours, like pink. I use a lot of pink in my studio and painted the entire space in Rose Trellis 4. I mix a little bit of yellow with nearly everything I create. It warms everything up and brings it all into a kind of sunshine soaked palette”.
How does yellow make you feel?
“Yellow really boosts my mood. Because I only use it in little bursts, it gives me a little ray of sunshine. But like you’ve said, yellow is a complicated colour. It can be quite a raucous, outspoken colour. It isn’t always positive, but yellow will continue to reinvent itself”.
Have you got any tips on how to use the yellow colour palette?
“Use yellow in places where you want to be perked up – maybe in rooms where you spend your morning routine. I also choose yellow where I want my mental activity to be stimulated with the intensity of the colour. I wouldn’t use yellow on a great big wall or as a dominant colour. Perhaps use little pops of yellow on doorways or trims”.