Colour File interview: Eelus

Eelus is one of the most important artists of the street art movement, having first burst onto the scene in the early 2000s alongside artists including Banksy, Faile, Ben Eine and D-Face. Although he still produces limited edition prints and large bold-coloured murals, Eelus’ work – which has roots in his graphic design and illustrating background – now includes provocative brass sculptures. His latest exhibition – informed by his anxieties about the all-pervasive nature of social media (especially on children) –Read more

17th October ’17: Penelope Pink

Welcome to Tuesday. I was recently reunited with my birthday cards from when I was a little girl (read ‘found them in a shoebox in the attic whilst searching for something else entirely.’) I think their vintage daintiness and clever colours is utterly charming. Much as I adore my beloved @farrowandball Off Black backdrop, this greetings card haul made me think how perfect they’d be against a more subtle background. @grahamandbrown happened to let me know about Penelope Pink, their 2018 colour of theRead more

16th October ’17: In praise of shells

Welcome to a new week, my colour-loving friends. We’re massive fans of shells at The Colour File, especially ones we’ve gathered whilst scouring hot summer beaches (or windswept winter ones, for that matter. We just can’t help ourselves). A 2016 survey found that collecting shells is the nation’s third favourite childhood memory after family holidays and hide and seek (but beating hop scotch and watching Top of the Pops). Personally, I get as excited about finding a beautiful and unusualRead more

15th October ’17: Air Force Blue tales

Happy Sunday, Colour Filers. The more I look into colour, the more I’m fascinated by the deliberateness behind so many colour decisions (marketing to make us part with our cash is the first that springs to mind). But I love even more colour decisions that seemingly happen by chance or on a whim. I recently read about how Air Force Blue, a light smoky blue, came about. Members of the British Royal Air Force were issued with this colour uniformRead more

14th October ’17: Infinity & beyond

Happy weekend, colourpeeps 🍋🍊🍋🍊🍋🍊 In my local shoe shop when I was a kid, there was as a Start-Rite poster of two children walking down a road that went off into the horizon (see the poster by William Grimmond, below) @mutualart). I remember wondering where it went and I’d excite myself and freak myself out in equal measure at the thought of crawling into the picture to discover a destination of endless possibilities. I’ve always loved the idea of visual infinityRead more

13th October ’17: Infographic infatuation

Have you ever noticed how quickly humus goes off? I swear it happens so fast you can almost see the degradation as if you were watching time-lapse footage of it. That’s why when I stumbled across an infographic called ‘The Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad’ and saw humus at the very top, I thought the visual representation of its instability totally hit the nail on the head (it sits where hydrogen normally would on the periodic table). WithRead more

12th October ’17: Navy wants more FUN!

Hello from Thursday, Colour Filers 💙👖👕🦋🐳🐬💦 One thing I’ve noticed from my pics and posts is that you love blue – and hate it. Sky blue makes you want to chase butterflies and spin giddily in cornfields while navy – poor old navy – makes you want to revolt. All navy ever did was to be innocently chosen as your school uniform colour (and mine) but it’s been sent to Coventry for it ever since. It’s not navy’s fault thatRead more

11th October ’17: Blue & green, be friends

Happy Wednesday, folks 💙💚💙💚 ‘Blue and green should never be seen’. Apparently. In my twenties, I remember someone telling me this with as much certainty as if it were decreed by the Magna Carta and me responding, ‘Says who?’ I know they’re located next to each other in a basic colour wheel so they’re not ‘complementary’, and therefore technically even though they’re neighbours they’re not really friends. (The saying ends ‘…except with a colour in between’ – someone to keep theseRead more

10th October ’17: Keep mentally healthy

Have you ever felt like you were teetering on the brink of emotional burnout? You’re not alone. New research for World Mental Health Day found that one-third of UK people are either burnt out or very close to it. And experts say the situation is like a mental health ‘ticking time bomb’. The ‘Burnout’ Snapshot survey discovered that almost half of respondents had taken at least one day off work due to stress in the past two years and almostRead more

10th October ’17: ‘Be gone, Blue!’ said Pink

Welcome to Tuesday, folks 💕💙💕💙💕 Each day on The Colour File, I wax lyrical about something and nothing to do with colour. My hope is that the pictures bring a splash of colour to your day accompanied by a random (but hopefully interesting) fact or two on the subject. On rare occasions, I even get a little bit serious – like today, which isn’t just Tuesday but World Mental Health Day, too. Mental health is a subject extremely close toRead more

9th October ’17: Shelf candy

Welcome to a new week, colour-peeps 💕⛑🦀🐤🐢👗💙👾💜 In the words of Maria Von Trapp, these are a few of my favourite things (I couldn’t quite pull off the raindrops on roses thing but included some wild flowers from my front path instead). Each colourful object comes with a tale of how it wended its way to Colour File HQ. There are vintage knitting needles my mum found for me when she worked at a charity shop (research shows that 88Read more

8th October ’17: Neon flashback

Hello from Colour File HQ. Near where I lived as a kid, there was a house that was painted in psychedelic neon green, pink, yellow and orange. We called it the ‘Luminous House’ (although I don’t think it actually glowed in the dark) and Mum would occasionally treat me and my brother by driving to see it. I’m sure the neighbours saw it as a hippy eyesore, a blot on the Fulham landscape, but I thought it was a boldRead more