MY ART

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! :)

PRINT SHOW

When I came back to Canada a few weeks ago I thought it would be a good idea to take a screen printing class as some type of distraction. Keeping busy all the time has really helped me and has been a huge part of my healing process. I also feel really close to my mom when I am making physical stuff, because she was so creative. The other thing is that I use to screen print all the time but I had stopped for years & was felling a little rusty & thought it was a good idea to brush up on my skills. I am also a strong believer in being a life long student, so every few years a take some type of art class.  

Having a larger space to work and experiment has made such a huge difference! I have been making larger prints & even started to experiment with a new colour palette! 

I am having a little print show at the goods shop this Saturday I hope you guys will pop in to say Hi! The store is located at 201 Dalhousie St. in Ottawa in the Byward Market. I will be introducing my new prints and showing my textile line too! 

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 

EAU NOIR

I wanted to let you guys see what the hell I've been busy doing for the past few months! Here's a sneak peek into my new fabric and cushion collection!!! I have always loved textiles, and when I say love I mean I am a hard core textile nerd! I completely obsess about patterns and printing techniques the way a chef try to figure out someones ingredients.

 I figured I would make my own fabric collection thinking it would be an easy task especially since I am in North America. Well little did I know that I had my work cut out for me, the textile industry in North America is virtually non existent!!! And when you add eco friendly to the mix that just made my work even harder! it was a huge mountain that I had to climb but I am super excited and super proud.

The collection is called Eau Noir (Black water), it's based on my love for open water and favourite space to visit. Each pattern is a repeat that was made from my own hand painted artwork, it's truly a labour of love and I hope you like it. I will be updating my shop this weekend with all the new goodies and as soon and I am done you will be the first to find out about it. 

Wish me luck! 

MY SHOW

So guess what guys I am actually have a show next month and I have been busy preparing for it and trying to not freak out. I'm going to have my black and white pieces and some of my works on wood too. It's been a little while for me so I'm feeing a bit rusty. It's going to be Next month at Exposure gallery, I'll keep you all in the loop with all the details next week. 

UPDATE: The show has been pushed back to March 2016 instead, I will keep you in the loop. 

Tafui

 

NEW IN THE SHOP

I know I've been super quiet lately but I really wanted to focus on finish up a bunch of personal projects and I really didn't want to be too distracted. Isn't it funny how we have all these shiny devices to help us be more productive but some how it ends up taking over our day?! 

So I wanted to give you all the good news first! I've added a whole bunch of prints to the shop! Over ten new prints to be exact! And FABRIC! Yes you saw right! I'm super excited to share it with you. Go check it out and tell your friends and let me what you think! 

Happy Friday guys 

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  

NEW IN THE SHOP

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If your following me on Instagram you already know that I've recently added this new piece to my shop. For the past few months I've been reworking some pieces of my artwork that I wasn't completely in love with.

My work has become a fusion of all the mediums that I love, layering paint, print making, textile printing & dying. This is somewhat of a study for larger pieces that I'll be making for my up coming show.