The Craftsmanship of Orfeo Tagiuri

by | Aug 29, 2023 | EYE, PEOPLE | 0 comments

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Orfeo Tagiuri in his studio. COURTESY OF ORFEO TAGIURI

Orfeo Tagiuri, a multidisciplinary artist, had always intended to major in medicine, but after making a complete turn, he enrolled in Stanford University’s creative writing and English literature department instead.

“Being raised and educated in such a logical space, even my emotional delivery was quite logical; getting to do writing made realize this was a vehicle for re-accessing an emotional space,” says Tagiuri as he blends into the deep-blue cushioned sofa of The Palomar restaurant and his copper ginger hair catches the light just a little bit. Tagiuri is wearing a navy blue sweater with a safety pin pinned on the right-hand side of his chest.

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He came to a significant conclusion during the end of his first relationship.

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A few of Tagiuri’s illustrations.

“We got into a heated disagreement, and when we were lying there together, I remember thinking, ‘That one thing she or I said would actually be so lovely as part of a story.’ The incident has helped him to see things clearly. “I woke up and walked out of the room to go and write a bit of it,” he adds.

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Tagiuri works out of a modest studio in west London where he writes, takes pictures, and makes art. However, when it comes to taking notes, he scribbles and draws cartoons.

“About a year and a half ago, I made the decision to try to get into The New Yorker, which I kind of rapidly gave up on. But I drew 1,000 times. We reduced the number to 400 after a publisher contacted him after I posted them on Instagram and asked if I wanted to convert them into a book.

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The eccentric hand drawings in “Little Passing Thoughts Book,” a book by Chose Commune, with clever captions that explain the artwork. One image has two fruits hanging from a branch, one of which is slim and the other of which is fat. The caption for this image reads, “In fruit, the fat kid always gets picked first.”

“I had no idea what I was doing at all. After graduating from college, Tagiuri worked as a documentary researcher for a director who was developing a movie about death and the afterlife. “I pinballed because I was surrounded by the most celebrated people in every field,” he says.

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He had already quit his position with the director by the time the documentary was finished after five years.

According to Tagiuri, when a person dies, they disintegrate into little pieces that later transform into something else.

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“I believe I’ll turn into a seashell. Water appears to be an allusion for our emotional realm in my drawings at times, he claims.

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Tagiuri with his wood carving from “Thoughts to fall asleep to.”

In 2021, he held a wood carving exhibition called “Thoughts to fall asleep to” at the Sapling gallery in London. He carved images of a cottage in the night with a smoking chimney, a bat with a hammerhead eating nails while drinking wine, and a dying flower by sketching over pieces of wood.

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Aries Wish Card

With the help of a single candle wick, a matchstick, and a little bar of red phosphorous, Tagiuri decorates postcards with distinctive graphics that he either produced himself or got from vintage markets for Wish Cards, one of his developing enterprises.

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As in Aladdin with the genie and the lamp, the aim is to light the candle wick and make a wish.

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The idea came to him at his housemate’s birthday celebration as a result of failing to purchase a birthday cake.

Libra Wish Card COURTESY OF ORFEO TAGIURI

He took a brief break from Instagram and has since returned as sales of the Wish Cards have increased significantly.

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The cards include poetic depictions of animals, landscapes, mosaic art, and zodiac signs.

“Everything can be poetic, but you have to make the effort to see it as such,” says Tagiuri, who manages to find the beauty in everything.

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