Designer/Owner at Claire Murray Designs
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Who do you design for and what is your style?
Initially it's all about the art for me - drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media. I trained as a painter originally, but as a devoted lover of interiors, fabrics, architecture and design, I began an adventure into the world of surface pattern design in 2012, which led to the formation of Claire Murray Designs in September 2013.
My style has been described as original, elegant and sophisticated, and I don't tend to design towards a particular trend (though I have a strong awareness of them). I always begin a pattern design with some sort of handmade artwork - a drawing, painting, print or mixed media piece, and develop the design digitally.
What inspires you?
Nature provides us with all we really need for inspiration - the light, colours, textures, line, form and tone, symbiosis, flaws and perfection.
What do you like about being a designer?
I have always had a burning desire to create, and am a 'doer' by nature, so being a designer allows me to explore, discover and connect my ideas to others.
What else would you like us to know about you?
I also teach Art & Design part-time to 16-20 year old college students, which inspires me enormously and helps keep my practice fresh and contemporary.