Tafui is an independent Artist and Designer originally from Xaymaca / Kingston, Jamaica. Her work spans various media, which includes fine art, surface pattern design and product design. She is mainly known for her bold black and white abstract, repeating patterns that embellish many of her products.
Tafui moved from Xaymaca / Jamaica to Tiohtià:ke / Montreal, where she studied studio arts at Dawson College. She then pursued her studies in Design Art at Concordia University. With over ten years as an Art Director in the advertising industry, she has also lectured and co-wrote post-secondary level courses in branding & design.
She currently produces environmentally responsible home products and licenses her work to clients. Her work is inspired by her love for indigenous cultures, modern design and traditional textile techniques, which adds a unique aesthetic to the modern retail experience. Her diverse body of work includes art prints, wallpapers, textile and stationery.
She currently resides in the Musqueam/Squamish/Tsleil-
Art is my literature, and it speaks for me and others when we are not seen, heard or understood.
This body of work was inspired by deconstructing cultures into their base elements and symbols, looking for the similarities and relationships they share. Upon researching my ancestral history, I was lead to study pre-colonial groups from West Africa and began to notice the similarities of minority and indigenous cultures through the globe. The use of pattern-making, symbolism, as a sconce of storytelling, was not only in Africa but also internationally.
The basis of my work also speaks to the Jamaican motto, “Out of many, one people” and how that outlook alloys to all people. Through my understanding of our histories and shared experiences, we become united, as people, as cultures, that is bound to the earth. The Use mark-making pays homage to the human connection. Each mark is a representation and distortion of the human figure.
Pattern making as a form of story storytelling was what our ancestors used as a means of communicating, and this is my preferred method of expression.
I share my story by connecting myself with others and others to me.