Um, yes the website has taken forever. But that is because at Little Branch we have been swept up with some very substantial but timely changes.
At the end of September we… Maree and Anna/Anna and Maree… decided to take a more independent approach. Maree is now the sole director and creative force at Little Branch and Anna is at the helm of her own art studio (annajohnson.com.au) concentrating on the crazy florals and collages that have come to take up more and more of her focus.
It’s not like a divorce. Or a conscious un-coupling ala Gwyneth and Chris. Instead its like a new set of boughs budding on a strong tree planted almost 5 years ago. We want to make things together, lots of things… we’ve always been very distinct creative beings. Maree has the DNA for a lifestyle brand in her blood. Anna is wanting to be alone in her studio with almost nothing to do with brands but happy to collaborate. We are are still working together on small collections, very special cards for Calypso Cards and talking on the phone like an old married couple about “stuff we like”. Anna will drop in the odd blog. She can’t help herself. And her art will join other great painters joining Little Branch in 2015.
Even though Little Branch is coming on five years old, Maree and Anna have collaborated together on two international book projects and had a creative connection for almost fifteen years. As friends we have seen each other through the birth of five kids and shared our share of tears and laughter. Maree might be the younger of the two of us by a country mile but she has a maturity and nurturing vision way beyond her young years, anyway, what we mean to say is that we shared and still share a deep bond and a mutual respect weathered and tested by the changes of family life, mothering, seedling business, crazy side projects, trade shows and mostly working apart across cities, states and continents. Most times we like the same things and get the same ideas. It’s just one of those things. A partnership born out of wanting to make the things we love and loving the things we make.
We would like to THANK, HUG, EMBRACE and VIRTUALLY SERVE TEA AND CAKE to all the beautiful souls who have supported us and believed in our work since we began.
It’s not over and all the classic designs you love will remain in available. Also thanks for being patient while we clean up the “garden” and get ready to present new buds. Little Branch is getting ready for a beautiful summer break and delightful surprises in the coming year. We always say stay tuned but… really…stay tuned.
Love is all you need… aside from pear and jasmine tea.
Anna and Maree
Maree and Anna
Photography: Sheridan Nilsson