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, browns and whites.

Martha: Do you have a favourite colour and has this changed over the years?
Emmie: There’s no such thing as a favourite colour for me! It changes all the time.

Martha: What are your favourite colourful objects and why?
Emmie: These would have to be two of my Damali rugs and our ‘Tiger Tiger’ design in orange wools – I love the range of colours within it.

A Hunt & Hope ‘Damali’ rug
Hunt & Hope’s ‘Tiger Tiger’

Martha: How does colour make you feel?
Emmie: All I know is that I feel bleak without colour in either my house, my garden or my wardrobe.

A ‘Damali’ rug in muted colours

Martha: Do you have a colour you could happily do without? For example, although I wouldn’t want the world to be without them, I’m not that keen on ‘autumn’ colours as a palate.
Emmie: My least favourite colours are lilac, peppermint green and pale yellow.

Martha: What does colour mean to you in your day-to-day life?
Emmie: Hunt & Hope is all about colour which is why we spend a crazy amount of time stitching colour samples and having endless lively debates about the colours within a specific colour range (as you’ll see from the picture below).

Martha: To what extent has a love of colour been important in your collaboration and do you always agree when it comes to colour?
Emmie: Despite having over 420 wool colours to choose from, Izzy and I nearly always agree. If anything, we both need to remind ourselves now and again that there is room for pastels and neutrals too.

Martha: Do you think there are rules about colour? Or are rules made to be broken?
Emmie: Our motto is ‘All beautiful colours match’.

Hunt & Hope ‘Typography’

Martha: Do you have a colour story or anecdote?
Emmie: My Norwegian Grandmother was not afraid of colour, to the extent that she changed certain aspects of her rooms depending on the Seasons. Her Drawing Room had chocolate brown velvet curtains all Winter long but during the Spring and Summer months, they were replaced with ravishing chocolate brown silk ones.

Martha: If you could give people advice about using colour, what would it be?
Emmie: Remember what it feels like to enter a house full of colour. Clock how it makes you feel. Remind yourself of that when you’re next buying something for your home.

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