ERIN MURPHY UO SO TALENTEDApril 27, 2013
Here at Urban Outfitters we have big-time pride of the people we work with. From the teams at our stores to the crew at HQ, each of them harbor talented individuals with a story to tell. One such individual is Erin Murphy, a senior sales assistant at UO Bristol by day, a talented print designer by night. When Erin showed us her work we were so impressed we needed to get her on the UO blog and show her off. Scroll down to see us chat prints, uni and her ideas for the future…
UO: Erin, awesome prints – HOW do you do that?
EM: Thank you! Well mainly finding objects or making things and then photographing them. I then mess around with them on Photoshop.
UO: How did you get into printmaking?
EM: I came to uni thinking that I would be designing and making clothes but I’ve realised that my real interest is in what’s on the fabric rather than the shape or drape of it. So being able to learn and use the digital printer at uni has enabled my interest for print!!
UO: How do you get the colours so intense?
EM: I LOVE colour. I tried working with plain white lace once for a project and it was a nightmare. I have to use colour and lots of it in everything I do- changing the vibrancy on Photoshop brings out the intensity of the colour so it almost looks glowing.
UO: Which is your favourite print?
EM: My favourite print is/are my resin prints. In particular the bright pink disc one as I think it will look really good on a t shirt or shirt. I also love my Betty spaghetti eye print, I made a matching outfit – trousers and crop top and really want to wear it out!
UO: Are they intended to hang on walls, be used on clothes or for something completely different?
EM: They are intended for fashion to be used on clothes.
UO: Some of them remind us a bit of airport baggage x-rays – is that intentional?
EM: No it isn’t but I can see exactly what you mean! Using the ‘invert’ tool on Photoshop gives the x ray kind of feel, which I use often in my work.
UO: Are you at uni?
EM: Yes I am currently in my third year at The University of the West of England in Bristol. I’ve had the best 3 years of my life here and I’m so sad that it’s nearly finished. Only have 1 month left so trying to sort out a job so I can move to London.
UO: What do you want to do for your career?
EM: Ideally, sell my prints and in the future have my own line. Its just having the money and hoping that someone will be interested in what I’m doing so I can make and sell clothes.
UO: What are your favourite materials to work with?
EM: Anything playful and colourful- there is a children’s Scrapstore here in Bristol, which is amazing for getting random bits and bobs from- you can fill a trolley of ‘scrap’ for £6.00! I love to draw with crayon and its quite clumsy and childlike!
UO: How much of your work is planning and how much is experimentation?
EM: I would say I spend most of the time experimenting and hoping that it will go to plan. I tend to play around with things and just see what happens.
UO: Have you always been creative?
EM: When I was little I made my own clothing label ‘Diva Designs!’ And most of my designs were for my mum ha. So I guess I have always wanted to pursue a creative career in fashion.
UO: What’s the most important thing to consider when printmaking?
EM: The type of format you want the print in- repeat, ditsy, block, half drop etc. I have only recently learnt how to put patterns into proper repeats and it has really helped my work. It’s also very important especially if you’re thinking about fashion to consider where the print will lie on the body and the scale of it. I have been trying to really think about the scale of the prints I make- the bigger the print then the less likely you are to notice the repeat- sometimes just changing the scale of something can make a huge difference.
UO: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
EM: I would be in skiing I think, maybe doing a season somewhere.
UO: What do you do at Urban?
EM: I am a senior sales assistant!
UO: What do you love about working here?
EM: I really like the fact that they let people display their work up in the shop and that they have let me be involved in changing mannequins and helping with the layout of the floor before which I really appreciate especially with the type of career I want to go into it really helps that I can put that on my CV.
UO: What would be your wrestler name?
EM: Big EZ.
UO: Tell us a joke…
EM: What do you call Postman Pat retired?……….Pat!
Thank you Erin! No doubt you’ll be seeing her prints on some bad-ass fashion real soon…
Get in contact over at erinmurphy.4ormat.com