Anna Anagno is the founder and designer behind the eco-friendly brand One Happy Leaf. Anna lives in Perth, Australia with her husband and our elderly kink-tailed cat, “Kinky” (who often features in her Instagram stories). Anna works from her home studio space, alongside her production assistant who helps make and pack the jewellery orders.
Anna dreams of relocating to a small farm one day but in the meantime enjoys maintaining a large veggie patch with about nine fruit trees jammed into her suburban backyard. In her spare time Anna studies Italian language and goes ice-skating every week at the local ice arena.
Q&A with Anna
How would you describe your own personal creative style?
My own personal style is clean, fresh, bright with earthy tones.
What inspired you to start your own line of jewellery, accessories and homewares?
I started the business as I was frustrated by the lack of jewellery products available that were eco-friendly, modern and had a season-less style. I started making the pieces originally for myself to wear, but it quickly grew into a business as demand increased. While I didn’t consider myself particularly creative about five or so years ago when the business started, I can’t imagine working in anything else that doesn’t allow me to express my creativity through forms of art (and at this stage of my life, my art form is jewellery design).
In honour of this week’s theme, can you tell us why you love the classic combination of 'White and Wood'?
There is something very earthy and grounding about incorporating wood into bright white spaces. While I love lots of white spaces and minimalism, I feel sometimes we can get lost in the emptiness of the style and the spaces can feel a little sterile. Adding woods and natural tones back into white spaces gives warmth and a feeling of homeliness.
We think it’s great that you create sustainable handmade products, what are three of your favourite products from your collection?
Oh, hard question! Each and every one of my designs has a memory or a story associated with it. However, my favourite designs would have to be:
Tell us about your honourable mission to plant one million trees by 2023?
It’s a big, audacious goal to want to plant one million trees. But you know as the saying goes, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars”. I started my business because I wanted to prove that sustainability and style should be the norm, not the exception. I think businesses in today’s era have a responsibility to be more than just revenue-driven, so it was important to me to ensure that any business I created also had a positive effect on the people and the environment. It is for this reason that I decided that a tree should be planted to each order. This is done through various global organisations responsible for environmental conservation or for creating food crops in communities living within poverty. At the moment we are planting through Trees For The Future who plant trees in developing countries to end hunger, poverty and forest destruction.
What will you be looking for when you judge this weeks challenge?
I am so excited to see what the community creates; I am always blown away by the talent and the creative photographs. I will be looking for photos that are bright with clean lines, yet have a natural earthy feel that is inviting and homely. I would love to see plenty of natural items that have been foraged from gardens, bushlands or the coast.