One of my favorite trends in the GUCCI Kids Spring Summer 2018 Collection is the “Treasure Hunt” where “cats, dogs and rabbits from the imagination of painter Yuko Higuchi appear as playful motifs on dresses, T-shirts and accessories.”
In the Gucci.com stories section, I read an interesting interview with Japanese Artist Yuko Higuchi who shared about the animals she creates, and what inspires her. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the interview and products by Yuko with illustrations in the SS18 Gucci Kids Collection.
I don’t know if it could be called inspiration but I always draw what I get in mind spontaneously, casually, as children do. I seldom go out, so probably I quite often imagine things like creatures living in somewhere far away… where I want to go but I can’t.
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”.
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.
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.
Read the full interview with Yuko Higuchi at Gucci.com. Photo credit: Gucci.com.