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Sip your tea and dive head-first into the wild and wonderful tall tales of T2!

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About the collection

From characters of the outback to the deep mysterious jungle, this collection has many stories to tell to those who take the time to discover them! Fine bone china, hand-painted gold detailing and crafted stories written by our inhouse creative team make this range one that’s brimming with adventure and legend!

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“ I was inspired by the Tall Tale stories and this was the basis for each design. I wanted to make sure each design was unique and captured the essence of the story ”.

About the artist

Say hey to Bronnie, our very own in-house illustrator, artist and graphic designer. Bronnie’s the creative force behind many of the cups and teapots on your tea shelf, responsible for dreaming up many of our patterns and illustrations.

While sipping on her fave combo of Liquorice Legs & Just Rose, you’ll find Bronnie lending her hand to a mix of different mediums to create her pieces and bring T2’s teawares to life.

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind these designs? I was firstly inspired by the Tall Tale stories and this was the basis for each design. I wanted to make sure each design was unique and captured the essence of the story. I tried to make sure they were individual by using different mediums such as watercolour, acrylic, texter and vector. I do look to current trends but also have travelled a little and my recent travels before working on this range opened up my inspiration more. Particularly South America and their love for bold design and bright colour, it resonated with me so much. Over the years of working for T2 I have started to tap into my favourite styles of art, so I incorporated all of them into one range which was fun! How did you manage to make the range so cohesive when each story and design is so different? I naturally create art that is my own unique style and I am always inspired by nature so this reflects in the illustrations I create. My style generally has an organic feel with bright colours and is a little bit playful. Do you have a favourite piece in the collection? It would have to be the Australian design hands down, I have been dreaming of creating teawares based on this unique country and all the beautiful wildlife for a little while. I added koalas to this which was based on a photo I came across from the bushfires, where the mum was carrying her joey and there was smoke all behind her. Our country has been through a lot with the bushfires, so I am passionate about this one and wanted to bring some joy in a small way to people through this.

Discover the stories behind this year’s collection

The yellow eyes of the jungle

One day, Adisa ventured into the jungle in search of a flower,

for she had learnt of a tea that, when brewed to perfection, summoned Njambi, the spirit of the great tree.

Her steps were light, her breath was short, and her eyes flickered back and forth as she moved through the jungle. She knew not to venture into the jungle at night, for Abaddon moved through the dark, unseen by all.

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The animals find their voice

Galah flies overhead to see what’s happening beyond the lake, sharing his knowledge with the group.

Possum is the night watch, his big globe eyes keeping silent witness to the dark. Wombat sniffs the dry red earth and shrubs to check on the various native foods and what might be ready to eat. There’s Koala, who offers her wise counsel to all who need it. And of course, Kangaroo, mother to all, protector of their little paradise.

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The Tortoise who humbled the hippopotamus

One day, Adisa ventured into the jungle in search of a flower,

for she had learnt of a tea that, when brewed to perfection, summoned Njambi, the spirit of the great tree.

Her steps were light, her breath was short, and her eyes flickered back and forth as she moved through the jungle. She knew not to venture into the jungle at night, for Abaddon moved through the dark, unseen by all.

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Armadillo finds her tune

She placed her paws on the log and started to beat it like a drum.

She used her voice to croak like a frog at the same time, and when she saw fit, she began to whistle like the birds she heard every night. Little by little monkeys, birds, frogs and all matter of creatures gathered around Alala. While the monkey could only beat the drum, the frogs croak and the birds sing, Alala could do it all.

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Learn how to draw a Tall Tales character!

Grab your art supplies, brew up a cuppa and go behind the scenes with Bronnie, our in-house illustrator! She’ll be sharing the journey to creating our Tall Tales collection as well as take you step by step through how to draw one of the characters!