Tafui came to Ottawa by way of Jamaica, and then Concordia where she studied a blend of
graphic, interior, and industrial design along with web + multimedia. Her bold ink patterns though are a fresh breakaway from the precision of technical drawings she had to produce throughout design school, and speak to her interest in all forms of indigenous art and a kind of art that is universal and easy to understand and appreciate because of its primitiveness.
The idea of making art accessible extends throughout Tafui’s diverse practise, as she offers her work as wallpapers and affordable prints and products through her shop - shoptafui.com and in store at the goods-shop on North Dalhousie. The ability to diversify - to be an artist and also entrepreneur, stylist, photographer, and marketer - is what Tafui feels to be the key to a successful creative practise these days. That, and I think, her curious nature which leads to her to explore many different mediums and ways of making - all of which are beautifully documented on her instagram.
When Tafui’s not getting creative and messy in her studio, she can be found exploring the river pathways on her stylish adult tricycle. Like many artists I’ve met through this blog, Ottawa’s surprised Tafui with its natural charm and a slower pace that’s conducive to doing work, prolificly and well.
Lately I’ve been completely obsessed with patterns and to be honest it’s always found it has found it’s way into my abstract paintings but never to this extent. Ive also been busy making my online shop you can take a sneak peek at it here, let me know what you think. Oh I’m also on etsy