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"I got inspired by thinking about family roots and how the DNA is shared and further added to throughout the generations. I also started thinking about how several traits sometimes skip a few generations and you can end up looking like a long-dead great-grandparent (I inherited greenish eyes from one of mine, for example, while the 2 generations before me got stark blue eyes, no green in sight). And that's how I ended up where I did: a strand of DNA intertwined with forebearers past." 

 Amanda Willemse // 2017 
Illustrator based in The Hague, Netherlands.

"'Roots' means where you’ve come from.

Growing up as a first generation Canadian, I didn’t have a stable cultural identity. My parents never pushed any specific traditions and that really made me feel like I didn’t have a foundation for my identity. I ended up growing every which way, consuming culture from TV screens and peers. Though it made me feel like I could jump from group to group, I never truly felt like I belonged to any of them. It made me feel very unsure of myself. That’s why I chose to create a water plant. To show that even without ground or certainty you can still thrive. When you’re always searching for something to latch onto, you end up rooting yourself in many wonderful places rather than just one. And for that I am grateful."

 Marvin Lau // 2017 
Toronto based illustrator

"'Roots' made me think of my childhood and growth, and how the books we read when we’re younger can influence us in a lot of ways as we grow older.

 Andrew Watch // 2017 
Toronto based illustrator

 Garden of Memory  //  Wenting Li  //  2017 
Toronto based illustrator

"Born and raised in Sofia. Based in Toronto. In Montreal for the next couple of days. Dreaming to live in Barcelona. Thinking up a South American trip. Planning on working in New York at some point. Probably going to end up in Tokyo someday. Wanting to get tan somewhere in Southern Italy, when I'm 65. 
Currently learning how to move around without losing my roots, while decorating yet another apartment, so I can call it home."

 Veronika Radeva // 2017 
Toronto based art director + designer

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