I LOVE MY HAIR

Now thats it's January many of us are probably on a budget and usually the first item to go out the window is entertaining budget so here's a little suggestion for something for you to do that won't break the bank. Stay home and do something creative like colour ;). Colouring use to be my favourite thing to do when I was a kid and many people don't have the time to do an entire creative project, so this is perfect! You must have noticed that adult colouring books are pretty hot lately and this is one of the latest. It illustrated by my girl Andrea Pippins I'm so proud of her! 

You can get your copy here Chapters or here  Amazon

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Pict by Tafui

Pict by Tafui

So it's a new year once again and I would like to start it off by Thanking each and everyone of you for coming to visit my little piece of the internet and for all your wonderful emails. I can't believe that soshallwork is going to be four years old this year! To think that this blog was only suppose to be a year long research project!

So last year as in 2014 (cause I'm still mentally in 2015) I really wanted to open up my own shop and after many years of thinking about doing it I finally did on a shoe string budget. And a few days after I launched I got my first order. I still remember how excited I was to get it. It's such an awesome feeling that every artist or maker should have!. My first advice is do not wait until the end of the year to open it give your self time. It's honestly the best thing I've done in a long time. You know what? I still get butterflies in my tummy every time an order comes in. It has not been a complete walk in the park because I've had my ups and down not to mention issues when suppliers literally messing up my orders! Now that it's January I plan on completely updating the shop and launching new patterned filled products. Like the blog it's become a sweet little kid that I need to constantly feed. I'm really going to have fun with in and take the time to make it the way I think it should be.

Anyway enough about that I'm back in planning mode cause I've proudly mark off a whole bunch of things on my 2015 list and now I've got a whole new list for 2016. I use to be a big planner and over the years I stopped doing that until last year. For me planning really helps, I honestly don't know why I ever stopped?!

So this year I'm going to making some huge changes one will be opening up the blog to collaborations and sponsors so give me a shout if your interested. I will also be offering private art based classes and occasional group workshops. So if you are interested let me ok.

Now thats I've told you some of my plans what are yours? Lets hope that whatever this new year brings, let it be a good one!

Tafui     

OAK AND FORT

I was in a fabric store last week and I started up a conversation with another customer who had nothing but good things to say about this Vancouver based company by the name of Oak and Fort. For the past few years I haven't been enthusiastic about clothes shopping cause nothing seems to fit right. When she said they are bringing back the atelier culture back to the local level, I was over the moon. Check out some of my favourite pieces. Don't forget to get yourself something for the holidays too ;) 

WE ARE FRECKLED

Have you guys heard of this beautiful new book? Its titled we are freckled and it's absolutely beautiful. I have always loved freckled and red headed people of all colours, its so super interesting how visually diverse people are. This books celebrates that is such a perfect way. You can grab your copy here.  

HASAMI PORCELAIN

I am so in love with this Hasami collection thats was designed by LA based designer Takuhiro Shinomoto. The Hasami collection was inspired by the essence of traditional Japanese aesthetics. The curves are the result of the inevitability of function and production. The rhythm and echo of the clean lines, created by stacking, enhance the harmony and beauty of the design. I especially love that they are all stackable and modular. Simply beautiful you can purchase them here if your interested.