When Amanda asked me to write a post with the prompt « Pink » my mind went in many directions first. Then I paused : what’s really my relationship with this girly colour? Let’s be honest, no matter how modern you are on the gender stereotyping theme, it will still take yonks before pink is something else than a female shade!
I grew up in the 70s though, which was supposed to be a decade of change and evolution in the matter. But my mother was rather traditional. My bedroom had a pink wall paper – until very very late. I wore pink dresses. And took ballet classes wearing a pale pink leotard and tights. In a way, pink was the colour of my childhood. All sweetness!
Pink never really came back in my wardrobe in my adult years. Except for fuchsia. Vibrant colours are what define me now. In French, we have a way to qualify vivid shades : we call them « shouting” or « yelling » tints. As if it was so bright, it could actually make an unpleasant sound… In my never-ending craving for strong saturation, I even painted my house front wall bright pink one Saturday afternoon. My courtyard had already been indoctrinated with a mixture of bleu majorelle and anis green !
So what now? Is it still La Vie en Rose? Well the more I think about it, the more I visualise this colour as being pretty nostalgic. It belongs to the past. All I can associate pink with now is flowers. Hydrangea in Brittany, fabulous bougainvillea from the Mediterranean, peonies which I must buy next time I go to the market, prunus which transport me back into my childhood right away… Again, nostalgia!
So I wonder… What’s your own relationship to pink? Is it related to softness, and gentleness? It is a positive colour? Feminine? Does it make you travel?
I wish you all a tender calming weekend. Looking forward to see your photos and stories on Amanda’s blog.
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