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WEST ELM POP UP

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Hi Guys,
I have a special announcement to make ;) I will be hosting a pop-up shop at the West Elm store in Vancouver. I will be showcasing some of my classic prints and also a bunch of new ones too! If you're in the area make sure to swing by to say Hi! It will be at 2947 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC from 12:00-4:00 September 15.

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! :)

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.

CITY FOG

Every Fall we make all these elaborate plans to do a bunch of winter sports and that never happens & this past fall was no different. Needless to say we still don't own a pair of snow shoes and now that we are in the middle of winter all we want to do is hibernate.

 Just a few says ago it was one of those warm foggy winter days that I just love! Whenever it's like that I always feel the urge to grab my camera and take picts of everything. Being out in the crips winter air is always so refreshing. The brown and blueish hues covered with that smokey grey makes the city scape magical.

Happy Monday!  

IN WITH THE NEW

I don't know if you guys are like this but It always takes me until the second week of January to get back to regular work/life mode. It was kinda nice to just hang out in my PJ's all day and watch movies. While I was cleaning up my studio space I found an old list of "things to do"  that I had made for myself but forgot about.  I unfolded it and stuck it up on my wall, I have to admit it's an ambitious one but I'm gonna go for even single line item. I don't know how I lost track but I'm going to stay focused.

The thing is everyone has dreams and sometimes we let other people convince us that it's not possible to achieve them and today I say to you that you should dump those people! if you can think of it, you can do it because everything starts out as dream.

I am not telling you to make a New Years Resolution cause thats not me I am more of I am going to change this about my life. I few months ago I decided that I am not going to consuming anymore meat and I stopped cold turkey and I've never looked back. It's something that I kept planning on doing and then I realized that there's not time like the present.

The list that I made is more of a longer process but I plan on breaking it down into smaller pieces to get through it. As much as this sounds like a bumper sticker, the reality is we only have one shot at this thing called life, so I'm gonna go for it & I think you should too! 

Have a great week and I'll keep you posted. 

 

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! 

UPDATE

I know it's been a while and to be honest I wasn't even sure if I would be able to come back to "work as usual". A few years ago when I started this blog I knew I wanted it to be positive and to inspire people. And for that reason I was a bit apprehensive about sharing my current situation with you guys but since I've been away for such a long time I thought it only fair to let you know.

A few weeks ago my mom called me and said she wasn't feeling well and if I could come see her in Jamaica. Within days she was given a few weeks to live. I didn't want to believe it because my mom never got sick and I mean NEVER!  

I have to tell you that there is something about watching the life slowly leave someone you love that changes you forever. I am still in shock and every emotion brings tears. 

My trip was full of mixed feelings, I got to rekindle old relationships and even made some new ones. I also got to experience a section of Jamaica that I never did before, here are a few of those moments.  

    

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