Date : November 25, 2021
Beloved Australian brand May Gibbs is thrilled to announce its partnership with well-known actress Tammin Sursok and her young daughters for a brand-new collection.
Set to enchant a whole new generation of families, the wide range of kids’ apparel, homewares and books features Gibbs’ whimsical bush images and iconic characters from her Snugglepot and Cuddlepie tales.
Sursok, who has spent the last 15 years in Los Angeles, recently returned to Australia with her husband, Sean, and young daughters Phoenix, 8, and Lennon, 3. The actress and her girls feature in beautiful imagery for the upcoming May Gibbs’ campaign, shot in Brisbane where the family currently reside.
“I’ve always adored the May Gibbs books and love reading them with my girls, introducing them to tales about the Australian bush,” Sursok said. “Sharing that part of my heritage and upbringing with them is really important. So, being a part of this new campaign is very special to me personally and this new collection is just gorgeous.”
May Gibbs wrote her first book more than 100 years ago, and her enduring legacy has continued to captivate generations ever since.
“The illustrations as so sweet, recognisable and really enhance the vivid tales,” said Sursok. “Plus, I love how the stories are all about friendship and resilience whilst showing kids just how beautiful Australia’s native flora and fauna really is.”
The clothing line also includes a limited family apparel range featuring a Christmas theme with the familiar illustrations set against vibrant red backdrops. There’s also pyjamas and baby wear against soft blue, lemon and pink backgrounds, as well as tableware, blankets, pillows, cushions, story books, colouring books and Santa sacks.
“The collection looks so classical and elegant, featuring the dreamy khaki, brown and grey tones of our bush, but with a bit of a modern pop of colour here and there as well,” said Tammin. “They’re so well designed, you can really treasure everything and pass them down to generations – I certainly will be.”
Born in 1877, May Gibbs is one of the country’s most revered Australians. Her bush fantasy world has enthralled both children and adults for over a century, creating a uniquely Australian folklore which holds a special place in people’s hearts.
Throughout her early life, the author and illustrator spent many impressionable years observing the beauty of the Australian bush which inspired her work. In later years Gibbs said of the special connection, ‘I don’t know if the bush babies found me or if I found the little creatures’. Her imagery is the very essence of Australia and continues to delight.
Sursok is best known for her roles in Pretty Little Liars, The Young and the Restless, Home and Away and numerous films. She will soon be seen in the upcoming drama series, The Good Hustle, being shot in Brisbane, and will also film several new projects.