Hello! My name is Tahira Karim.
It really is very nice to meet you :)
I am an illustrator, an author and a teacher.
I absolutely love the ocean, animals, children's books and learning.
Born in Canada with mixed Indian and African heritage, I have always been drawn to history and stories. One of my dreams was to create children's books that could help children by inspiring their confidence, building their life skills and giving them the autonomy they deserve. Now I have begun this journey.
I create these books from my ideas and my background and through using my skills in animation, design, writing and teaching.
I create these books to address the issues close to my heart ; human rights, equality of girls in the world, freedom, autonomy and the environment.
It is my dream to work with people, publishers and companies who have a vested interest in education, rights and green-initiatives for building towards healthy and strong communities with bright futures.
Learn more below !
To create books that help children by inspiring their confidence, building their life skills and giving them the autonomy they deserve.
To create books that deepen children's understanding of their rights, their senses and the world around them.
To create books with varied illustrations and names so that all children can find themselves represented in books.
To create books that promote the equality of girls.
Frequently asked questions.
Why TAUSKA ?
TAUSKA is a mix of my first name, middle name and last name. Tahira Nusrat Karim - TAUSKA.
I liked the sound of it and it stuck.
What do you do ?
I can usually be found drawing and working in my studio apartment, smelling flowers in the gardens of Paris or staring at small fish swimming in the Seine (The river that runs through Paris). I also work as a graphic designer.
What is your education ?
I have four degrees. I know it's a lot.
I studied animation and media arts at the Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada (2008). Around the same time I began working towards a 3 year diploma in Aromatherapy at Langara University also in Vancouver (2010). A year later I began studies to become a teacher at the University of Victoria, Canada (2012). I then worked as a teacher in various posts and with various grade levels, ages and classes for 6 years. In 2018 I decided to begin working towards my Masters in New Media studies at the Paris College of Art (2020).
Why do you like learning so much ?
Learning and getting to know more things about the world and its life, and ourselves and how we work fascinates me. Even though I am working full time now, I am still always wanting to learn new things and making time for growing my skills through reading and practice. I am not just interested in art, and stories though, I love learning about animals, the planet, space, dinosaurs, our senses, tennis, swimming, dance and so many more things.
What else do you like to do ?
I love visiting animals in their natural habitats. My parents come from East Africa, so I was lucky to go on Safari a few times growing up while visiting my grandparents overseas in Kenya. Also, growing up in Calgary, Alberta in Canada, we were very close to the mountains, so we often saw bears, moose, deer and many other wild animals. I miss that in Paris, but it's a good reason to go home to visit !