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

Colour File Interview: Marion Deuchars

Marion Deuchars is an internationally-acclaimed illustrator who works with major design agencies as well as publishing illustrated children’s books. Known for her much-loved style of hand-lettering (used by organisations including the Royal Mail, the Imperial War Museum and Carluccio’s), Marion’s latest venture is a book called ‘Colour’ in which she takes us on a journey through colour, from the meaning of colours to artists and cultures through to what makes some colours stand out more than others. Here we findRead more

Colour File interview: Niki Jones

Designer Niki Jones is known for her eponymous geometric interiors collection. Kicking off her career with a designing role for Habitat under Tom Dixon and Georgina Godley, Niki went on to become the company’s textile designer and style co-ordinator then design director at Wedgwood. Her own company, Niki Jones, was launched in 2009 to great acclaim and has been a recognisable and much-admired brand ever since. Here, she tells Martha Roberts how important colour is to her… Martha: Can you describeRead more

Colour File interview: Kassia St Clair

Kassia St Clair is a self-confessed colour addict and has written about colour for Elle Decoration since 2013. Her book, The Secret Lives of Colour, which documents the history of colours and the vivid stories behind them, was published in 2016 and was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in June 2017. Here, she tells The Colour File’s Martha Roberts about her own relationship with colour… Martha: Can you describe your first colour memory? Kassia: My mother was a florist,Read more

Colour File interview: Karen Haller

Karen Haller @karen_haller_colour is an Applied Colour Psychologist and a leading international authority in her field, specialising in business brand colour, interiors, healthcare and wellbeing. With more than two decades of experience under her belt, Karen understands only too well how colour affects us, influences us and how businesses and designers can use it to influence behaviour. Here, Karen – who works with global brands including Farrow & Ball and Dulux – tells us what colour means to her in her workRead more

Colour File interview: Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is a global authority on happiness – possibly THE global authority. Author of blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, she has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide in more than thirty languages. She also has a podcast with her sister Elizabeth Craft, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, in which they discuss good habits and happiness. She is currently working on a book about colour.Read more

Colour File interview: Hunt & Hope

Hunt & Hope creates sumptuous modern, hand-stitched needlepoint for the home. From cushions and footstools through to armchairs and headboards, founders Izzy Hunt and Emmie Hope use traditional stitching techniques worked exclusively by hand with vibrant results. Here, Emmie tells The Colour File’s Martha Roberts what colour means in both her work and play… Martha: Can you describe your first colour memory? Emmie: The tiled flooring in our kitchen in the early 70s. A hectic and geometric combination of oranges,Read more

Colour File interview: Jack Howard

Jack Howard is a global celebrity hair colourist based at Paul Edmonds London. He has tended the tresses of stars including Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse and is widely credited with bringing Balayage to the UK. He is also L’Oreal Professionnel UK Colour spokesperson, as well as teaching at Toni & Guy and Trevor Sorbie. Here, he tells Martha Roberts, creator of The Colour File, about what colour means to him… Martha: Can you describe your first colour memory? Jack:Read more

Colour File interview: @ChloeLovesToShop

Chloe Samwell-Smith was a talent manager at Endemol before taking the plunge to blog about fashion and style. Now mum-of-three Chloe – who is on instagram as @ChloeLovesToShop – has a massive and dedicated following for her down-to-earth yet elegant style. Oh, and she is queen of ‘storying’ – mainly from her car…Here, she tells The Colour File’s Martha Roberts what colour means to her… Martha: Can you describe your first colour memory? Chloe: I think this would have toRead more

Colour File interview: Bob Osborne

Chiswick artist Bob Osborne (AKA Rebel Not Taken) blends the ‘vulgar and the sublime’, taking inspiration from fairgrounds, seaside humour and other aspects of his childhood (his family were west London rag and bone men). Bob (AKA @RebelNotTaken) and his partner in crime, renowned mosaicist Carrie Reinhardt (whose brand is Mad In England) will be putting on a bumper exhibition of over 50 new artworks in west London throughout May to unveil their recent ‘Mad in Chiswick’ range. The infamous duo have created a bodyRead more

Follower Interview: @theglassisartful

Artist & illustrator Antonia Woodgate, AKA @theglassisartful, studied fine art at college and is a self-confessed colour addict. Her IG feed is jam-packed with beautiful pieces of art she has done herself, including a colourful monogram series. Here, she tells The Colour File’s Martha Roberts what colour means in her life… Can you describe your first colour memory? The turquoise window frames on a cottage we used to stay in as children, on Clough Williams-Ellis’s (creator of Portmeirion) Brondanw estateRead more

Colour File interview: Mini Moderns

The interiors brand Mini Moderns was launched in 2006 by London-based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire. The brand specialises in applied pattern across a range of products, from wallpapers and fabrics through to rugs and ceramics. After the initial collection was snapped up by Heal’s, the brand has gone from strength to strength, selling online and via selected stockists around the world. The duo – whose design influences range from vintage textiles and toys through to travel and literatureRead more