New product ranges and other plans for 2017!

AUSTRALIA’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE OCEAN: HOPONIT WALLPAPER AND STATIONERY COLLECTIONS FOR 2017

 

We’re excited that HOPONIT’s first wallpaper and stationery collections are being launched with the New Year.  The new collections designed by Christo Gillard will be based on his love of the coast and the seaside – the ocean has been a huge part of his life in Australia and overseas. 

 

The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, inspired the coral collection.   We hope that its magnificent corals, turquoise waters and abundant marine life will be protected against environmental threats. 

 

HOPONIT’s sharknet collection has been created against the backdrop of the current debate over shark nets.   Sharks are top predators in the marine environment and play a critical role in balancing the ocean ecosystem. Shark nets have been used in Australia to trap, entangle and kill sharks since the 1930s.  They kill not only sharks, but also many other species as bio-catch.  Their effectiveness in protecting humans from attacks is questionable.  Perhaps it’s time to use modern technology to keep us safe and eliminate the risk of entanglement of marine life.

 

We tend to assume from media reports of shark attacks that sharks are in record numbers.  Shark populations are actually under pressure around the world from overfishing. The increase in shark attacks is more likely due to the growth in the number of people in the ocean and longer times spent in the water.

 

In bringing you these collections for 2017, we’ll be collaborating with some of Australia’s leading libraries and museums.  Many of these institutions are world-class and it will be a privilege to work with them.

 

With the new year, there are many exciting opportunities for HOPONIT.  In the coming months, we’re planning to hand paint linen for limited edition scarves and throws.  We also have some amazing Japanese denim that we think would make fantastic designer aprons, so watch out for that too.

 

If you’d like to hear more about what we’re developing as it happens, email us enquiries@hoponit.com.au and we’ll give you advance notice of what’s about to be released.

Australian Xmas breakfast by HOPONIT

At HOPONIT, we like light and fresh for Xmas breakfast: fresh berries, poached peaches and mango ricotta sauce.  Here’s our recipes for a healthy Xmas breakfast that can be made in advance – just prepare the berries fresh on the day.   If you want a really special breakfast, serve with champagne crepes.  The peaches and sauce will keep refrigerated for several days.  You can also serve them as a fruity dessert.

MANGO RICOTTA SAUCE

Blitz:

Flesh of 2 mangoes

500g ricotta cheese

1 and a quarter cups thick Greek yoghurt

5 tablespoons caster sugar

6 tablespoons grand marnier (for non-alcoholic version, add more orange)

Grated rind 2 oranges

Juice 1 orange

 

POACHED PEACHES

6 peaches

1 kg sugar

2 litres water (or 1.25 litres water and 1 bottle (750ml) wine)

Make a sugar or sugar wine syrup: In a wide saucepan, heat 1 part sugar to 2 parts water (or water and wine). If you have a wider pan and need more syrup – add according to the same ratio of 1 part sugar to 2 parts liquid. Heat slowly and stir until sugar is dissolved. You can add a whole vanilla bean cut down the centre or a couple of cinnamon sticks to the syrup if you like.  

Rinse whole peaches and score around the middle (run knife from top to bottom around the middle, just cutting through the skin of the peach. This will make it easier to peel off the skin when the peaches are poached). Carefully lower whole peaches into the hot syrup with a slotted spoon. Syrup should be barely simmering - secret is to poach slowly. Move peaches around gently once or twice when poaching to make sure they are evenly poached.

Ripe peaches will take only a few minutes. Unripe fruit will take longer. Test with a skewer - skewer should push in easily to the centre when done. Carefully remove whole poached peaches from the hot syrup with a slotted spoon when done and rest them on a cutting board to cool. Leave a few minutes or they'll be too hot to handle. When peaches have cooled, slip off the skin from where you have scored the peach or cut off if the skin is still attached.

Cut wedges towards the centre stone as if segmenting an orange. Cut the slices reasonably fine, but thick enough that they won't just fall apart in the syrup. If you want to do a big batch, you can use the same syrup again, replenishing if necessary as you go.

Place peach slices into a serving bowl and pour the cooled syrup over them to cover. If you have used whole spices in syrup, they look good served with the peaches. 

Have a wonderful Xmas!

Mr Koala Bear

Kaye Perkins and Christo Gillard present HOPONIT's new collection featuring Mr Koala Bear.

Mr Bear is a loveable Australian character who features in a gardening booklet for children, The Garden Year with Mr Bear. Jolly Mr Bear is at work and play at Melbournalia on 50 Bourke St, including at a VIP shopping event on Thursday the 15th of December from 6pm until 8pm. We're thrilled to be releasing Mr Bear during this festive season and hope you can come to see him! 

Only a few copies remain of the booklet published by Arthur Yates and Co in the 1930s. The story follows the adventures of a green-thumbed koala bear.  Each page in the booklet represents a month in the gardening calendar. The illustrations feature charming vignettes of Mr Bear sowing seeds, dozing in a field of flowers, planting vegetables and putting up netting for sweet peas.

Many illustrations are in full colour from the art deco colour palette.  Others are in black and white for children to colour in.

All copyright in the images is owned by Yates Australia, a division of Duluxgroup (Aust) Pty Ltd

Hoponit celebrates Australian tableware

Welcome to HOPONIT where we have a love for entertaining, the outdoors and all things creative.  

The shared table, a centrepiece of so many gatherings, is the inspiration for our collection of tablewares.

Australia is blessed with great produce and fabulous beaches. We love a a snag in the sun, picnic on the beach, and we especially love cooking up a storm and entertaining for friends and family.  

We are proud to present to you our product that is made with care and attention to detail.  Our beautiful collection of table linen is printed locally and our 100% handmade Australian plates come to you from the pottery wheel to your home.   

Our CHASING THE TAIL COLLECTION has been influenced by our rich history and our iconic Australian animals so loved and recognised the world over.

Enjoy browsing our catalogue - we offer shipping Australia wide. For any queries feel free to email us at enquiries@hoponit.com.au