PLUME

I am and have always been a techie and I love little gadgets, but for the past few years I haven't been really inspired to go out and get a new tech device until now. I have had the same internet package for years and it has been fine until a few months ago. Without getting into the story about my long telephone calls and frequent visits from my ISP technician, I think this may be the solution to my problem.  The Plume is a wifi extender that is drop dead gorgeous. Plume ensures that every room and every device in your house has a reliable and fast connection! Sounds kinda amazing to me! 

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

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The idea for my textile collection really began to sparkle in the late nineties. While I was still in

university, I took a trip to New York Street with one of my art school friends. Canal Street was a

must go place to visit; back then the streets were filled with street vendors–so much that you

could hardly see where the sidewalk ended and the road began. As my friend and I walked the

streets with our eyes wide open, looking for deals that would fit our starving student budget, a

man walked up to the stall I was gazing at and opened a large, folded wooden box filled with the

most beautiful textiles I had ever seen. I quickly moved over to him and he explained that it was

fabric from where he was from, West Africa. I bought a piece, thinking if would be a great

headband, not realizing how much that little piece of fabric would affect my life.

 

I remember wearing that piece of fabric for the rest of that trip, as well as when I went back to

school. One day, while I was in the elevator on campus, a woman walked in behind me. The

woman turned to me and said, “That mud cloth headband is very beautiful.”

I looked at her and smiled. The woman then went on to explain to me that the fabric is actually

dyed with mud and my jaw dropped. As quickly as she came into the elevator, she left but I

wanted more. That is where my obsession with bògòlanfini, also knows as mud cloth, began. I

had absolutely no idea how much work went into each and every piece of traditional mud cloth. I

soon found ways to incorporate bògòlanfini in every assignment I could. I even discussed it in a

philosophy paper!

My current collection is inspired by the fusion of Nordic and Japanese minimalism with the hand

made aesthetic of reverse painting that bògòlanfini has. The patterns on my textiles are from

original ink and water colour paintings that are then scanned and made into a repeat pattern.

The designs are digitally printed because digital printing is one of the most eco friendly

techniques–using less water than many other traditional printing methods. I want to make sure

that my fabrics are ethically made, keeping the environment and people in mind. All my fabrics

are organic Belgian Linen that's hand printed in my studio or digitally printed in Toronto Canada.

Now I know I can not control the world and I am only a small studio but I believe that starts with small steps.

Happy Monday All ! 

Tafui 

 

EAU NOIR

When I innocently decided that I wanted to start my own fabric collection, little did I know it would have taken me one year to get to this point! The thing that I ALWAYS wanted to do this, but I wanted to do it the right way, and for me that was making sure I did it locally and the healthy way.

When I was in university two textiles artist passed way in the same year from lung cancer. That made our fiber arts technician extra cautions and very open about the dangers of exposing ourselves to dyes and powdered chemicals. That sense of responsibility stayed with me I didn't want to expose myself to harmful chemicals or add to the pollution of the environment.

Now that digitally printing on textiles have become for accessible and even more advanced I knew it was the right decision for my Fall / Winter collection.

All the patterns started out as a painting that was scanned and slightly edited achieve the best reproduction quality, then converted into a repeating pattern. The bold abstract shapes were inspired by visits to my favourite lake in the middle of winter. 

Make sure you pop over and take a look  at my newly designed shop and tell me what you think!

Tafui 

WARE LAMP

Lighting fixtures has always been one of my favourite things design and I can never walk by a well made one. This piece titled Ware Lamp was designed by a Toronto based studio by the name of MSDS.  Since they launched their company their list of clients have been pretty extensive and interesting. Some of their clients include Mjolk one my favourite stores of all time. They are also apart of the new Umbra  shift collection & also responsible for some of Shopify's cool interior space.

 I am so proud them and I cant wait to see what they come up with next. 

SHANI CROWE

For the past few months these images have been floating around on my instagram feed and today I finally found out who's responsible for them and her name is  Shani Crowe. These images  are a part of a series called braids. Shani's work is centered around cultural coiffure and beauty ritual, as they relate to the African diaspora.  This series is currently up at The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn you should go check it out if you can.