MORE PATTERNS

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There were so many things I had to do and think about this week that I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get them all done. Each day I would start out a bit  unsure where I was going to begin, then I finally thought why are you overthinking everything? just take it one step at a time.

So many times we let our emotions & thought cloud our mind from getting things done. When I get that way I often find myself with a paint brush in my hand and this is what came out of that process. I'm almost done with my projects and I'm also happy with little collection of painted patterns too. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend  

 

SINNERLIG

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This stunning pieces are from Ikea's latest collection was designed by Studioilse  an internationally acclaimed design firm.

They designed a furniture, lighting and tabletop collection of 30 items, exploring natural materials and simple, useful forms that fit into everyday life. They used a mixture of cork, ceramic, glass, seagrass and bamboo; tactile materials that appeal to us because they feel as good as they look. The collection will be available in IKEA stores around the in October 2015 and I can't want to get my hands on them.

SYNTHETIC SYNESTHESIA

So you are probably wondering why this guy has a mic so close to his face but here this. His name is Neil Harbisson and he is a colour blind artist who had an antenna surgically-implanted in his head which allows him to hear colour. The world is different place for Neil like other  synesthetes when he explain how he sees people and cities it sounds pretty amazing. 

" I use to think humans where back and white and since I hear colour I've detected that's completely wrong. There's no black skin, people that they are black they are actually very very dark orange and people that say they are white are very very light orange as well. So we are all exactly the same hue"   

I honestly couldn't imaging having an implant like this but it's really interesting listing to his perspective. If your as intrigued about him as I am you can also see his Ted talk here & subscribe to his youtube channel here

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BE YOURSELF

© Tafui  

© Tafui  

A few days ago I was chatting with my mom and she told me that she was going natural meaning she was going to stop putting chemical relaxer in her hair to straighten it. My jaw dropped because I have never seen my mother with her hair in it's natural form. I was so happy I am that she's gonna have a little afro soon I made this little illustration to honour her. I was inspired by my favourite picts of her that was taken in the 70's, look how cute she looked!!  

Anyway I hope you are all outside enjoying the sun where ever you are, see you tomorrow. 

Tafui 

YOO HYUN

We recently finished installing the kitchen the last cabinet on one wall and was just about to take some picts, when our bedroom wardrobe completely fell apart. So instead of doing a before and after post about that we have just right into another DIY! After 3 trips to Ikea cause we always forget something and 1/2 a bucket of paint we are almost done.

I decided to take a bit of a break from touching up some of my other walls cause you know how it goes, once you start painting one wall you see another wall that needs a bit of sprucing up.  

I came across these hand-cuts hyper-realistic paper portraits by Yoo Hyun and it stopped me dead in my tracks! I particularly love the way the pieces are layered over the ink splashes.  

THE BASICS

When I was going through my creative block the one thing I realized was that I no longer had any of my favourite tools. I had moved so many times that all my tools were misplaced or I had foolishly left them behind thinking oh I'll just get another one (packers fatigue). That was one of my biggest mistakes because I had had some brushes for such a long time that some of the companies no longer existed :(. It took me while to find the right stuff because now I was starting from scratch.

 I discovered papeterie nota bene on one of my trips to Montreal and it's now one of my favourite stationery stores to get cool accessories & supplies.  I knew if I surrounded myself with tools that I found beautiful and enough mixed media paper I couldn't help but work & you know what it worked! Now I'm not going to tell you what you should get because it's art supplies are super personal. With that being said I'm compiling a list of all my personal must haves and I'll send you the link next week. Having good tools that you love makes the world of a difference don't you think? Do you have a favourite tool or paint set that you cant live without? 

NIGHT RIDER

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Photo by Tafui

Yes I've been M.I.A. recently and I'm about to tell you why. Ever since I started this blog I've been completely committed to it. Every morning I would get up and scour the internet for cool things to show you and then start my own work. At times I would skip going to my favourite hot yoga classes in the evenings cause I was just to tired or needed to find a post for the next day. Eventually that lack of exercise catches up to you and I started to feel the results of it, so I few weeks ago I decided to do something about it and my hubby & I got bicycles. Well I should be more accurate and say I got an adult trike hehehehe. I've always wanted one but I was pretty specific about what I wanted it to look like ( you know me) It had to be black and have a retro vibe to it.  

After going to most of the bike shops around town and watch the sales people chuckle as I asked for a trike, we found the perfect one on Kijiji of all the places & I LOOOOOOVE IT!! I can't believe I was missing out on so much fun all these years. I'm completely addicted to biking and I especially love going at night you see city in a whole new way when your riding. So every morning I start my day out on my trike and ever evening we head back out.

Have you started anything new this summer that your currently addicted to?  

RACHEL RYLE

Last night my friend sent me the link to this video and I didn't get the chance to look at it until now. I am so happy I saw it! Rachel Ryle is someone I've been following on Instagram for the longest while, her account is so fresh and inspiring but I never knew her story. She is the prime example of what can happen if you put your work out there & I especially love this quote.

Good things come to those who make

DIPPING AND DYEING

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Textile printing & dyeing has always been something I've been extremely passionate about. The still remember the first screen printing class I took in high school. I use to make abstract patterns out of randomly cropped hand drawn letters of the names of guys that I had a crush on hahahaha.  I would even when I moved to Montreal for Cegep I would tie dye / shibori some of my clothes to change up the look. I would wear them every when so much that some of my friends parents use to commission custom pieces from me.

When i went onto university I took every single fibre arts class that I possibly could and I would often incorporate my textiles art in with my furniture design every chance I could. Now in retrospect I should have just done a minor in Fibre arts but thats water under the bridge.

Life has a way of bringing you what you love and plan on filling my life with as much love as I possibly can. There is enough negativity out there so why add more to your life when you don't need to. 

One of the many reasons why I love summer is that I can turn my tiny from yard into an outdoor studio space. Yesterday I spent all day dipping and dying fabric and I could not be happier with the results. As the seasons change so has my colour palette, I've currently in love with this shade of blue and I so I've added it to my palette. 

My next step will be converting these textiles in loveable huggable one of a kind pillows. So Stay tuned