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Emily + Peta from little twig

Here at the market, we’re just a tiny bit proud of Hobart based design duo Little Twig. Peta Riddell and Emily Snadden - who in real life work as Graphic Designer and Jeweller respectively, produce a delightful collection of hand crafted jewellery, innovative stationery and giftware. They launched their very first range way back at our April Market, and we have watched happily, as their business has grown from strength to strength, or as you might say, from twig to tree! The twiggies, Peta and Emily share a love of illustration, clearly evident in their products, and tell us, they are inspired by all things ‘twiggy’ quirky and cute. Their designs are whimsical, pretty, and extremely wearable.

When and how was your business born?

We have been friends since completing Art School (UTAS) 2002 and in 2008 we worked on a collaborative exhibition piece for Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. It was through this collaboration that we discovered we could easily combine our skills (Graphic Design and Jewellery) and discussed working together on a product. We were looking for a way to get going and we discovered the market – the little twig empire was founded!!!

What are your creations inspired by?

The range is mostly developed on the ‘twig’ theme. Birds and bushland flora and fauna are recurring elements within our designs. We share a love of illustration, and all of the designs originate as drawings (by both of us).

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Producing a product that has developed a local following has been extremely rewarding, we enjoy interacting with all our ‘twiggers’ at the market and are each time over whelmed by the supportive feedback we receive. We design and produce little twig for fun but seeing a piece go to a happy home, and meeting the owner/buyer is extremely rewarding.

Favourite colours/materials to work with?

We are excited to announce that we are currently experimenting with Tasmanian timber, we love playing with new materials and are also exploring the possibilities of Laminex. We generally work in a minimal colour palette, we like to keep things simple.

What can customers coming to the market expect to see at your stall?

One customer described our stall as “…a bit like a lolly shop – too many choices” – we like that idea. We currently produce cards, gift tags, jewellery (including brooches, earrings and pendants) and magnets. We are currently working on some new Christmas products for the next market (Nov 15th) and will be launching some new jewellery designs too.

Your favourite item in your range?

Probably the Layered Acrylic Brooches - we both love the intricate detail that we have been able to achieve in the designs. They have proved to be a popular product after only two markets - although we are always working on new products, so favourites change often!

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