I N T H E M A G I C I A N 'S G A R D E N
O T H E R S T O R I E S
By Niki Daly
"I have always loved stories. And as far as I remember, I have always drawn pictures. So, it's perhaps fated that I should become a picture book artist and writer of stories. Indeed, I cannot draw without my pictures telling a story. So I give them titles - 'In the Magician's garden and other Stories' - titles that come to me in a flash, and characters who after I name them become as real to me as any person I know.
To make my pictures, I draw in pen and ink then shade and colour using watercolour. It's an unforgiving medium that does not allow for mistakes; indeed, I liken it to walking on a wire, where you cannot put a foot wrong if you do not wish to fall or fail.
Several years ago, I met Kyoko Kimura, an origami artist, who reignited a childhood love for folding paper. The tradition of Origami follows certain principles - starting with a square piece of paper, which is folded (never cut nor glued and NEVER drawn on) until it creates forms and structures. This is pure Origami. I learned and followed these principles for many hours, days, months and years. However, my natural urge to create character and story soon had me breaking rules - I folded, I cut, I painted and glued. Thus, creating my own form, which Kyoko humorously labelled 'NikiGami'.
With 'In the Magician's Garden and Other Stories', I have combined NikiGami with watercolours when a story suggests I do so. Creating something out of nothing is an act of magic - that's if, a blank piece of paper can be considered as being 'close to nothing'. Most artists feel this, I believe.
So, I invite you into my magic garden which Michael Chandler has beautifully curated on a wall in Chandler House. I hope you will enjoy the stories you may find in each picture."
Kleinmond, 21 November 2018
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