NEW INKS & THINGS

So can I tell you a little secret? I've always wanted to set up my own little shop but as strange as it sounds I never thought I would be selling my own work. A few months ago I finally decided to give it a shot

I initially started with mainly original pieces with just two prints and then in January I decided to a add an iphone case just to test things out. I let me tell you that I'm honestly shocked every single time an order comes in! Because I've haven't really done a whole lot of promotion. Running my shop has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done and I would encourage every maker to try it, even if it's just a pop up shop. 

So with that being said I will be updating and restocking the shop this weekend with loads of new goodies for you to choose from. Based on the demand for my prints I will make sure that you have a wide selection to choose from. As soon as the site is done you will be the first to know.

Have a great weekend guys!

Tafui.

WORK IN PROGESS

The constant quest for perfection is such a strange and tricky thing, because for many years I really strived for it. Now the older I get I realize that perfection is just a myth, something that only exist in our head. Think about it, how many times have you made a mistake that only you knew was a mistake? AND if you didn't point it out other people would not have noticed? Sometimes I think about the times when I stressed myself out so much about making my project perfect that I forgot to really be happy for what I accomplished with the resources I had. Maybe it's a apart of growing up because now I have some perspective to know when somethings is giving me grief I need to change my process.

So with that being said I have some changes I want to make with Soshallwork. As many of you already know I now run my own shop and I've dived into surface pattern design. So needless o say I've got a lot on my plate and when I started this blog I was in a creative dry spell. Now that the dry patch is long gone I want to get back to what I do best which is creating my own stuff. 

So now I will be converting Soshallwork to my personal Journal / blog mélange. I'll be doing less curating more creating. Hope you guys have a wonderful day and I'll see you all in tomorrow. 

ALEJANDRO DURAN

This series reminded me of the first time I went to the local beach off the shore of Kingston when I moved back to Jamaica a few years ago. It was my favourite spot when I was a teen, so I was super excited to go back to see if my favourite tree was still there. Instead of finding my tree I came across mountains of plastic containers on the shore and it literally tears to my eyes. So needless to say I felt a strong connection to this series by Alejandro Durán who's work examines the fraught intersections of man and nature. Alehandro particularly focuses on the tension between the natural world and an increasingly overdeveloped one. 

A LITTLE INSPIRATION

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We have been in our new house for the past two years now. When we purchased it we knew that we had to upgrade the kitchen and bathroom, let's just say that green has never been my colour. As much as I love the high end look our budget far from that, so I've been searching the internet for inspiration and found this. 

I love the simplicity of this kitchen and as for the concrete countertop! I'm definately going to see if I can find a simple DIY concrete counter top tutorial.  

Via

GOODS SHOP

Have you been to the Goods Shop yet? It's my new favourite place in the Market. The Goods is a beautifully curated indie home decor shop. Their shelves are stocked with uniquely crafted books, gifts, household items, plants, preserves and more. 

Make sure you pay them a visit! oh and by the way they are also have a some of my prints there too! They are located 201 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7C9. 

PAINTING PATTERNS

Remember a few months ago I told you about a new project of mine? Well I'm still at it! I initially stated that I was going to release a pattern a day in order to build up my pattern portfolio and to promote also to help promote the collection.  

Now that I have loads of work and I've decided that I will be licensing some and keeping some, and by keep I mean sell prints in own my shop, for example. I'm putting a cool printed look book and launch a new website, just for the patterns soon. 

I'm really excited about this new venture and I'll make sure to keep you all posted.