Though they seem more like pieces of art than pieces to be worn in the playground, Max, Rose and I perused Gucci’s Spring Summer 2018 collection for children that includes garments and accessories featuring whimsical motifs of cats, dogs and bunnies by Japanese artist Yuko Higuchi. We also took a look at Yuko Higuchi’s website. I asked the kids what they thought.
The kids on Yuko Higuchi’s artwork:
Max: These are really nice and creative pictures. I like them.
Rose: They’re very cool. I like how the pictures change on her website and the colours and animals change but there’s always animals in them; maybe sometimes the animals are painting, maybe sometimes the animals are chilling.
Our Very Fancy Gucci Gift Edit:
Children’s GG supreme animal faces hat / Toddler glitter sneaker with Web /Children’s GG kitten friends backpack / Children’s Gucci pets print sweater / Children’s check bow GG messenger / Children’s GG Gucci pets and flowers slides
Over on the Gucci site, Yuko Higuchi herself spoke about her inspiration behind her work. Here’s some of what she had to say:
Does your work feature any motifs that are personal and special to you?
I have some motives that I draw repeatedly, persistently. For example, snails, giant creatures, plants, hairs, eyeballs, tails, children, etc. They certainly have some charms in their shapes, but maybe they also have “something” that forces me to draw them…Maybe I keep drawing them looking for this “something”.
Are the dogs and cats you draw inspired by real animals you know if so can you tell me about them?
Many of the models are real animals I know. The one I draw the most should be “Nyanko”, a Ragdoll cat, and a real cat I have in my house. I also draw dogs and cats in my friends’ house, or the cats, birds or insects I once had with me. As I live with a cat now, the cat could probably be the most common thing I draw.
Do you imagine the animals you draw have personalities?
Yes. When I have a real model, its personality is reflected. And also that of its owner…I usually imagine for each model its own story or personality. Even if there is no real model, I always have a certain image of each character. For example, a goldfish which loves brilliant gems, a plant with an eye which can communicate by telepathy…etc. I imagine its own story or the way how it is living.
Photos via Gucci Children’s Collection