Dana Gaddum, a talented New Zealand artist has produced these devine prints exclusively for kō.
As a mum of two effervescent girls I became envious of the unencumbered and unconditioned ways they approach their days. By nature, they do what makes them happy - they play with leaves, they skip, they run against the wind, they ask smart questions like ‘why is the sky blue?’ or ‘what do I feed my unicorn?” They generally don’t do things because it makes money or sense or because it’s what others expect. So I thought to myself a year ago, what would I do if I had the freedom of a child again? And part of that answer was "I’ll draw."
I wanted my work to become play.
I like to draw things that invoke some of that childlike wonder. I think the world needs more stories that don’t play by the rules of the adult world, because the adult world is serious enough as it is. I believe it's good to stretch the muscle that is our imagination, it’s good to believe in ‘more than what we see’ and it’s good to get back to Mother Nature. I incorporate nature in my images because she does so well at providing for us humans… we take and take and take from her without giving much back... so if we can remind our children to to go out and enjoy her - to see and feel her beauty they might start to think more about looking after her. It’s small, but it’s a start.
I hope we all get to stay child-like for as long as possible. As Neil Gaiman said "The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”