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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Out of the fire. . .

Seasons come and go, time moves forward and brings with it change. . .

In January 2003, Bernard Hardy (a talented Canberra artist) and his family lost their family home, studio and storage area when the Canberra bushfire ripped through the Weston Creek area; taking with it over 40 years of his own art, the artwork he acquired over the years and his mothers art that she had given him.

One day the surroundings he called home were green and full of life and the next day only burnt ash remained of his house and memories.

It was this changed landscape that inspired Bernard to see that it was bigger than just his house and his loss. Everyone was affected and had a story.

Bernard began photographing surrounding areas like Mount Stromlo. He painted and took photos of the area. He recorded the disaster and found new inspiration through the devastation.

As an artist, Bernard believes that what we see is the result of a variety of lenses. As people we are always looking through a lens. A camera has a lens and captures what that lens sees through a photo, then our eyes (two lenses) examine and interpret.

No one person will ever see things exactly the same and that is the beauty of viewing and interpreting art. And the same idea can be applied to the rest of life.

Even technology is a lens. A new way of connecting and representing through a computer screen to reach people and share inspiration.

Bernard even relates this idea back to fashion. . . Through fashion, new ideas are shown on the catwalk, the audience sees the idea through the construction of cloth, just like art uses a variety of media to tell the story. Different media (fabrics) create different mental feelings.

Bernard found hope through the loss and while his past art may be gone (with the exception of a few) his future works will tell a different story.  

If you are interested in any of the artworks shown, please email Bernard on:

Photo of Bernard by Susan Henderson.

Keep positive and look forward.

Love, Pink Ink X

Monday, March 28, 2011

Release your alter ego. . .

Close your eyes and imagine this. . . Berlin. 1920s illicit club scene. Burlesque dancers. Alternative cultures. . . This is the inspiration behind Illamasqua make-up.
Be taken to a world of drama and intrigue. A world where you dare to be different. A world of romance, play, dress-up’s and self expression. Where you dare to be in charge of your own destiny.

This is the ethos of Pink.

Walking the streets of Melbourne, Jane stumbled across this amazing new concept store for Illamasqua. She was instantly transported to another world. And when Pink finds something we love we must share.

“Illamasqua is for the bolder person hiding inside all of us. It is an act and an attitude. A symbol of tolerance. A celebration of idiosyncrasies. A confident statement of self-ownership.”

Beauty with a conscience. No animal testing on their make-up ingredients or brushes. Nice.

Release your alter ego. . .

Love, Pink Ink X

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fifteen with Tiffany. . .

Quirky, original, inspiring. Tiffany Treloar has made her unique mark on Australian fashion. Daughter of the talented designer, Prue Acton, Tiffany Treloar has been breathing fashion design ever since her mother gave her a sewing machine at 10 years old. With such inspiring people around her Tiffany Treloar was destined for great things.

Here we find out what makes her tick. . .

Favourite family Recipe?
Currently a sponge cake recipe that I found on the side of a Corn flour packet. It is quick and easy and my girls love it!

Most memorable moment in time?
It is corny. . . but the birth of my two daughters, Ginger and Sunday.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Vet.

Who inspires you?
My parents who are both involved in fashion and have helped shaped my career over the past 10 years.

What you love this Autumn/Winter?
The fabulous bright colours and botanical prints.

Favourite restaurant in Melbourne?

Melbourne’s hidden gems. . .
Gertrude Street in Melbourne, it is constantly evolving.

The world would be a much better place if. . .
If we could all be more environmentally aware.

What do you have in your handbag?
My IPAD, which I LOVE.

What’s your life philosophy?
If it is going to be someone, it may as well be me.

How would you describe your style?
Everyday luxury.

What do you love most about your job?
Designing beautiful clothes.

In your spare time what do you love to do?
I love making things.

Favourite holiday destination?
Tathra, NSW

What’s next for Tiffany Treloar?
Hopefully a visit very soon to PINK Ink, possibly a SS trunk show.

Tiffany Treloar Winter 11 is in store now.

Love, Pink Ink X 

Monday, March 21, 2011

I had a little tea party. . .

I had a Little Tea Party
By Starleen Meyer

I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
Twas very small, three guests in all,
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate up the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea.
Twas also I, who ate the pie,
And passed the cake to me!

Try this delightful recipe from Fleur Wood’s very stylish book Food, Fashion, Friends. Perfect for an afternoon tea party with your favourite people.
Fleur Wood Winter 11 has just landed at Pink Ink. Some very tasty iconic Fleur pieces will really make you look the part.

Rhubarb Meringue Cake

250g (1 2/3 cups) plain flour
45g (1/4 cup) cornflour
3 teaspoons baking powder
200g butter, softened
440g (2 cups) caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 eggs, separated
60ml (1/4 cup) milk
1 teaspoon rose-pink food colouring

Rhubarb cream:
4 stalks rhubarb, chopped into 2cm pieces
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1 tablespoon caster sugar
150ml thickened cream

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease two 22cm springform tins and line with baking paper.

Sift the flour, cornflour and baking powder into a bowl. In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and 200g of caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and then the egg yokes one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Alternately fold in the flour mixture and milk. Divide the cake mixture between the two prepared tins and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Meanwhile, mix the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar, continuing to beat until thick and glossy.
Fold through the food colouring to create a pink swirl.

Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes and then remove the springform sides. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place one cake on its tin base on the tray. Using a spatula, gently top one sponge with the egg white mixture and create a peaked effect. Return the cake to the oven for 10 minutes or until the egg white is starting to brown. Set aside.

For the Rhubarb cream, place the Rhubarb, vanilla seeds, sugar and 1 tablespoon of water in a medium saucepan. Cook for 6-8 minutes over medium heat or until the rhubarb has softened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Whip the cream in a bowl, then stir through the rhubarb.

Place the plain sponge on a serving platter and dollop over the rhubarb cream. Carefully balance the meringue sponge on top. Serve.

Serves 8

Enjoy. . .

Love, Pink Ink X

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An ode to Lonsdale St. . .

This fabulous painting is an ode to the guts and the glory of our beloved Lonsdale St.

Our bohemian, grunge haven of car yards, panel beaters and avant-garde boutiques is shifting rapidly.

Right now it is a demolition site. Cranes. Barricades. Dust. . .
With huge glossy posters of a multi storied, shiny future.

Moving forward?

They say you can never stop change. Maybe not.

But in this change it is imperative we retain the true character of the urban landscape that the inner-north represents.

With this art, our heritage will be stamped permanently in delicious technicolour on the outside wall of Pink Ink.

At least until they try to pull us down. . .

Love, Pink Ink X

Monday, March 14, 2011

Don't forget the coffee. . .

There’s a new kid on the block and they’re causing quite the stir. Every day they have people lining the street just to get inside. Why? If you love coffee then you know. Word is quickly spreading about Braddon’s newest cafĂ©, Lonsdale St. Roasters.

Great coffee AND one of our favourite things. . . Amazingly DELICIOUS chocolate brownies. Because Pink loves chocolate. Especially in brownie. I have crumbs on the keyboard just thinking about it. . .

Love, Pink Ink X