About Acqua & Ink
Acqua and Ink is an atelier focused on artistic wedding stationery. Our work has a minimalistic approach yet is refined and rich of delicate textures, understated beauty which blends equally well in romantic settings as in more contemporary and sleek ones. We curate every detail to make of this a unique experience for you and your guests. Through your invitation suite we tell in subtle ways who you are and your story as a couple, the result a memorable and lasting keepsake of a unique moment of your life. Watercolor is our passion.
Behind The Brand
Your best pieces of advice for décor styling?
In design, usually to start with a generating concept, an abstract idea, the soul of the project (whatever that project may be) is a must. It involves research, analysis and thorough understanding of end user. Also “less is more” is almost always true, however this does not mean you can not dare to be bold and make a statement. Start with a leading piece, a piece (or space) with lots of character and build the rest around it. Just as important as the object itself, negative space helps to define the boundaries of positive space and brings balance to a composition, the rule of thirds is important and true not only in photography and playing with contrasts creates some drama: antique vs contemporary, minimal vs baroque, textured vs smooth.
Most memorable place you’ve traveled?
I grew up in South America, when I turned 25 I left my family home and spent five years studying and working as an architect in Milano and Venice, this would qualify as my first long term and solo journey, beautiful time of my life engraved deep in my heart. But it was following my European years when I worked with NGO’s and the United Nations in South East Asia for a total of five years that I traveled the most. When my mind wonders off to those remote areas of Sumatra and Sri Lanka, towns where I lived like Trincomalee, Nias and Aceh, my heart beats a bit faster.
What inspires you creatively?
Being by trade an architect and artist I’m passion driven. Piano concerto No. 2 Rachmaninov will put me in a zone, always. Sensations that give you shivers drawn from various sources, even the simplest ones are powerful catalysts for me: textures, shapes, light, shades, composition, proportions, spaces found in architecture, art and nature. It’s the unexpected which strikes me usually. Water will also make inspiration flow, the soothing sound and meditation that comes from the movement will bring all that’s inside to a place where that fluidity becomes tangible in the form of color and shapes.
What was the spark for your brand? Where did the story begin?
Acqua honors one of my family’s name, Bevilacqua, and it’s also an ode to the medium watercolor (acquarello) which allowed me to reconnect with my artistic side. Major changes happened in my life when my first daughter was born: traveling, profession and speed gave space to motherhood and art. In time that artistic exploration has transitioned into different parallel outlets and Acqua & Ink is one of them. I’m also inspired by Bauhaus’ concept of effectively challenging the old hierarchy of the arts, placing crafts and fine arts at the same level and uniting creativity with manufacturing, elevating design for everyday life. My brand seeks to translate that melange of European, Tropical and South East Asian cultures, experiences and sensations into a visual language.
On a typical weekend we’ll find you?
At the beach mostly, buying bulk orange bags at the farmers market, showing L.A’ s mid century iconic architecture to visiting friends/ family and at art galleries.
A favorite quote?
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” – Seneca