doodlewear 'Forget-Me-Not' (February 2018) art print t shirt by New Zealand Digital Artist Melina van Wyk. The quality t-shirt features a New Zealand Robin, also known as a Toutouwai, wearing headphones and nestled among beautiful Forget-Me-Not flowers. This artwork was digitally drawn. It is digitally signed by the artist.
"Forget-Me-Not is a digital illustration dedicated to my autistic son. The drawing features a little New Zealand Robin ‘Toutouwai’, nestled amongst ‘Forget-Me-Not’ flowers. The Robin is a protected endemic species and reminds me that everyone, no matter how small, has a story to tell and not to make assumptions about people. Did you know that children and adults with sensory sensitivity wear noise-cancelling headphones to avoid sensory overload by blocking out noise and distractions so that they can focus? My experience with postnatal depression and caring for a child on the autism spectrum got my creative gears turning on how I could help raise awareness. People with autism have a unique view of the world – captured so well by the Māori word for autism 'Takiwātanga' which means in his/her own time and space."
Art for a cause: $5 from every Forget-Me-Not t-shirt sold will be donated to Altogether Autism
Melina will generously donate $5 from each of her 'Forget-Me-Not' t shirts sold to Altogether Autism
Melina is passionate about giving back to her community, particularly to organisations that make a difference in many people's lives.
"As a mother of an autistic child, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to navigate a diagnosis, learn about your child, and differentiate between available information and services.
Altogether Autism is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing health and disability information, advice, and equipment to enable people to live the life they choose. They are a fantastic and reliable source of support and information for parents and caregivers."