NOOKFEST ARTIST PROFILES // CAITLIN TAGUIBAO
Caitlin Taguibao is an artist with the PATCH Project, an initiative which partners with artists to transform unused public spaces into galleries for all to enjoy. At this year's NookFEST Community Arts and Music Festival, Caitlin will be creating a mural piece on the back wall of 2000 Danforth Avenue.
Caitlin Taguibao is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Toronto, Canada. She has created visuals for various non-profit and community organizations whose main focus is on food and agriculture, and has spent time working in urban gardens and organic farms across Canada. She uses flat colours and bold linework to create colourful compositions based out of plant lore and personal stories.
I like being outside. I like to move my body and to work with my hands. I enjoy working with people who share similar ideas and interests in food growing, environmental stewardship and community engagement, which have led me to my current focus on painting murals and urban gardening. My work often incorporates various natural elements such as plants, spores and animals from different places into one, touching upon themes of mixed identities and exploring moments of self-reflection and growth.
ABOUT PATCH + THE STEPS INITIATIVE
The STEPS Initiative is an award winning charity at the intersection of arts and culture, community, and city-building by animating unlikely spaces with unlikely partners. We seek to inspire cities across Canada and around the world to create welcoming public spaces that reflect and celebrate local community through artistic excellence and have been responsible for some of Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public art initiatives.
Initially conceived as an incubated project of the Centre for Social Innovation, and recently concluding its 7th year in existence, STEPS has led some of Canada’s largest and innovative public arts initiatives. Their World’s Tallest Mural and #StClairMural, alongside their award-winning social enterprise - PATCH - through which they collaborate with landowners and developers to turn under-utilized spaces into an ongoing public gallery, have received international recognition. Their work ranges from commissions as high-profile as the Ceremonial Cauldron for the TO2015 PanAm / Parapan Am Games, to building the capacity of youth and emerging artists to lead community-engaged projects.