Cool Girls & Fashion: Montreal Creative Tatiana Poblah's Style Illustrations

Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist Tatiana Poblah speaks on her fashion illustrations and the launch of her TATI P. clothing line.

Tatiana Poblah is a multidisciplinary artist born in Montreal to a Haitian mother and a Beninese father. From landscape architecture to illustration and now fashion design, Poblah has developed a unique style that says feminine and strong. With her new clothing line, TATI P., set for an August release, we caught up with the Montreal-based artist to talk about her creative approach.

Samantha Etane for Okayafrica: Did you always know you wanted to be an illustrator?

Tatiana Poblah: Yes I did! I attended a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit when I was 6 and decided that I would be an architect and artist at that exact moment. I received my Bachelors and Masters in Landscape Architecture, both while perfecting my skills as a fashion illustrator.

OKA: How has your work evolved over the years?

TP: I think I keep getting better as an artist because I trust myself more. My Mom gave me a quote from Hans Urs von Balthasar [the Swiss theologian and Catholic priest] a few years ago that says “What your are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God”. It has become my motto. Every day I keep developing my strengths as well as working on accepting my weaknesses.

OKA: What made you decide to add "fashion designer" to your list of achievements?

TP: I’ve been wanting to launch a line for a while now and every time I would come up with excuses to convince myself that I wasn't ready. This year I didn't want to waste one more second of my life doing something else. I also decided to launch TATI P. because I am a curvaceous woman with a small waist and curvy hips AND a voluptuous butt and I am constantly having problems finding skirts, pants, and dresses that fit properly; they often leave a waist gap, are tight at the hips, or fit on top and not on the bottom, or vice versa. I wanted to look good without having to wear clothes with stretch all the time; instead I wanted to wear polished garments made of quality natural fabrics like linen, wool, and silk that would last a long time as well as accentuate my curves. After doing my research I saw that there weren’t many lines dedicated to this market and chose to market the line for this niche.

OKA: Was the creative process different this time around?

TP: Yes! Drawing the clothes is one thing but drawing them and executing is another level of creativity. Add that to the fact that I am launching the business as a sole proprietor! It’s been a crazy and an extremely lovely year so far.

OKA: How would you describe the woman who wears Tati P. clothes?

TP: The woman who wears TATI P. knows herself and what expresses herself through her personal style; she is a professional, an entrepreneur, a hustler. She grinds and constantly strives to better herself and the world around her.

OKA: How would you describe your style?

TP: Home girls in Paris! Solids colors and classics mixed with bright colors and custom patterns that show off my customers' swag.

OKA: What's next for you and your work?

TP: Right now I can only think of one thing - launching the website on August 23, 2015 and creating pieces that my clients love and buy!

Samantha Etane is a lover of images and words. Follow her on Twitter @samanthaetane and her lifestyle and design blog Tam + Sam.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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