NEW ART FESTIVAL

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Hey guys!

I can't believe it's June already! I just wanted to let you know that I will be at the New art festival this year! It's also known as "the Glebe Art in the Park". It from June 9-10 at Central Park ( Glebe) from 10-5 p.m. this Saturday & Sunday so if your looking for something to do come by and say hi! :)

METATRONIA

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Not sure if you guys have seen this video as yet but let's say its one of the best things I've seen in a long time. Metatronia is a collaborative performance piece by Solange Knowles for the Hammer museum, and I love every second of it! Go check it out here.   

ALL ABOUT LAST NIGHT AT AXENEO 7

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A few months ago my friend Manon Labrosse asked me if was interested in attending a fashion show showcasing local artist in collaboration with Print All Over me at Axeneo 7 I yes immediately. Little did I know how cool the building is and how amazing the event would be! I couldn't believe that I didn't know about this really cool artsy spot! The show consisted of over 15 Ottawa - Gatineau based artist it was so refreshing couldn't put my camera down! I took so many pictures, I will create a two-part blog post. 

Above is the work of Caroline Monnet, Etienne Gelinas & Amd. I particularly loved how the black & white patterns translated on their garments. All the clothing will be for sale at Axeneo 7 for the next few weeks if you're interested in checking them out. 

SHOP UPDATE

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I've been updating the shop with a whole bunch of goodies. Above is the latest  18 X 18 pillow called Chelsea dust in salt. I really like the way the pattern looks in the reverse which I call "salt".

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I've also added new print and new sizes to your old favourites :). I've also changed the sizes of my signature square prints to 13 X 13 from 11 X 11 the price has also reflected that change. At first when I designed my prints I wanted them to fix most store bought frames (many Ikea). They have now changed the size of their frames and matte so I have to do the same to accommodate that. 

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Go take a look and let me know what you think.

PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAITS

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I am sure by now you've all seen the unveiling of the Barak & Michelle Obama's portraits that they commissioned from world famous Kehinde Wiley & Amy Sherald. As I watched the interviews of the artists yesterday I had a flash back to a conversation I had with a painting professor my university days. His name slips my mind but I never forgot what he said. He told me that Fine Art was the "last frontier" for black people in North America. Now being from Jamaica where I was never a visible minority (race or gender) many of the isms that minorities who where born in North America face had never been an issue for me. It wasn't until I moved to Canada for my post secondary education that I encounter some of those isms.  

Ok I digress...... back to that professors conversation. He began to explain the many issues and isms that I would face with as a black woman in Fine Art & Design living in North America. He talked about how people of African decent was not seen in the same intellectual light as other fine artists. He also listed many of the well known African American artist where just well known as "African American" artist.

I remember leaving his class room feeling really depressed and disappointed it also made me realize why I was the only black person in 97% of my art classes. I was also really grateful and happy that I was from Jamaica where I didn't feel bogged down with other peoples baggage.

With that being said I've always been a hopeful optimist in a realistic sort of way. So am much as he gave me a dose of his reality I always hoped that things would be different when I was done doing my thing and it was for me. The thing is, I moved back to Jamaica after school and at that time that was my saving grace. 

Fast forward to me being back in North America, I noticed some of those issues that professor had told me about still being played out today. Although there has been some change that change has been slow until now.

Today, the day after the unveiling there is a new twist on an old conversation I am once again hopeful & proud. The works of Kehinde Wiley & Amy Sherald speaks volumes in more ways than one! Just look at the past portraits the style in which they were painted the emotion they once wanted to evoke. What the Obamas did is a refreshing change especially now that we are living in what I call the " Us & Them" period in time. For me this unveiling is especially important to all the hopeful budding artist out there that there is a place for them. 

Now all I can hope is that some of that positive ebb and flow moves north.

Happy Tuesday everyone!  

 

NEW YEAR

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Hey Everyone!

Yes I know its been ages! Let me start out by saying I hope you're having a great start to your new year. For me I'm hoping this year will be better to me than the last two. As many of you know I lost my mom in 2016 and then my dad in 2017 and I really needed to take some time to process things. Over the past few months I've had the opportunity of meeting some of you and I want to thank you all again for your kind words and encouragement.

When I started this blog I wanted it to be a space to inspire and to be inspired so the last thing I want to do is to share my pain.  

With that being said, you will be hearing from me a lot more often, still working on my schedule since I am juggling many hats. I also think I'm gonna be doing a bit of a refresh to spice things up a bit so stay tuned.

XoXo

Tafui