Biography

Photo: Nadya Kwandibens (www.redworks.ca)

Sage Paul is an urban Dene woman and a member of English River First Nation. Based in Toronto, Sage is an artist, designer and innovative leader for Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles, championing family, sovereignty and resistance for balance. Sage is also founding collective member and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. 

Some of Sage’s art and design has shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, Harbourfront Centre, The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design (North Carolina, USA), and a curated program at Western Canada Fashion Week by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective. Sage has presented on Indigenous fashion including at Canada House (London, UK), The Walrus Magazine, Ryerson University, Toronto Women’s Fashion Week and South Africa Fashion Week. Later in 2018, she will present the complete collection of “Giving Life" at Festival de Mode & Design (Montreal) and Ohtaapiahki Fashion Week (Calgary).

In 2017, Sage received the Design Exchange RBC Emerging Designer Award in the fashion category, was recognized by Flare Magazine as a top 100 talented & driven Canadian women and was honoured by the Ontario Minister of the Status of Women as a trailblazing woman who is transforming Ontario. 

Sage sits on the Ryerson School of Fashion Advisory Board and is developing an Indigenous Fashion elective course for George Brown College.

Solo Shows & Exhibitions

2018, Festival Mode & Design, Montreal, “Giving Life” (in production)

2012, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, “Synaptic City”

2012, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, “Synaptic City” (self-presented)

2011, Oz Studios, Toronto, “End of Summer” (self-presented)

Group Shows & Exhibitions

2018, Walrus LIVE, Toronto, “The Future”

2018, Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival and Gallery 101, Ottawa, “Hot Culture: Indigenous Fashion, Materials & Crafts”

2017, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective, Edmonton, “Western Canada Fashion Week”

2017, Word on The Street Toronto Book & Magazine Festival, Toronto, “Sculpting Reads”

2017, The Centre for Craft, Creativity & Design, North Carolina, “Crafted Strangers”

2016, Gallery 1313, Toronto, “Indian Giver: Truth Telling and Narratives of Representation”

2016, Craft Ontario, Toronto, “The Mending Lounge”

2014, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON, “FashioNative”

2013, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, “Indigenous NOW”

2009, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, “(Re)Representation”

Commissions 

2017, LabSpace Studio, Toronto, Sculpting New Reads, “7 Fallen Feathers” 

2016, Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, Toronto, Indian Giver, “Redress (Re-Dress)”

Costume Design

2018, Darlene Naponse, Costume Designer, Feature Film, “Falls Around Her”

2018, Tarragon Theatre, Costume Designer, Cottagers and Indians directed by Patti Shaughnassy

2017, Theatre Kingston, Head of Wardrobe, Almighty Voice and His Wife directed by Lib Spry

2017, Storefront Theatre, Divine directed by Claire Burns

2017, Wild Woman Theatre, Spawn directed by Gein Wong

2017, Young Peoples Theatre, Munschtime! directed by Herbie Barnes

2013, Danis Goulet, “Wakening” (Weesageechak character)

2008, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, “Indian Jane”

2006, Kent Monkman, “Robin’s Hood” (Miss Eagle Testickle character)

2006, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, “Revenge of Pocahontas”

2005, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, “Star Trek Campaign”

2005, Danis Goulet, “Divided by Zero”

Education & Residencies

2018 Urban Moose Hide Tanning Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts

2006 Fashion Design and Techniques Diploma, George Brown College

Select Speaking Engagements, Panels and Workshops 

2018, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, Panelist, “Value’s Driven Entrepreneurship”

2018, George Brown College, Speaker, “GRASP Conference"

2017, South Africa Fashion Week, Speaker, “Canadian Indigenous Fashion”

2017, Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, Speaker “Let Us Show You: What Indigenous Designers Need”

2017, Nouveau Reach by Brock University, Panelist, “Indigenous Luxury”

2017, OCAD-U, Workshop Facilitator, “Roach-Making Workshop” 

2017, Ryerson University, The School of Fashion, Panelist, “Fashioning Reconciliation”

2016, Evergreen Brickworks/Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, Facilitator “Growing Greener Enterprise”

2016, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Speaker, “This Land Ontario”

2016, Ryerson University, The School of Fashion, Panelist, “Aware – We Are?”

2016, English River First Nation, Youth Conference, Speaker & Workshop Facilitator, “Artists’ Instinct”

2016, The Walrus Magazine, Walrus Talk Series, Speaker, “What is Art, Anyway”

2014, Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, Workshop Facilitator “Pattern Drafting 101”

Administration and Management

2018 – Present, George Brown College, Indigenous Fashion course design & delivery

2018 – Present, Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Indigenous fashion entrepreneur course design & delivery

2018 – Present, Ryerson University, School of Fashion, Advisory Board

2016 – Present, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, Artistic Director and Founding Collective Member

2012 – Present, Ontario Arts Council, Jury Member as requested (Craft, Visual Arts, Touring, Compass) 

2015 – 2017, IKEA Canada, Director & Project Manager, Ts’kwe Makers Atelier by Setsuné

2014 – 2017, Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder

2013 – 2017, Native Women in the Arts, Secretary, Board of Directors 

2004 – 2013, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Events/Communications (coordinator & director)

Awards, Acknowledgements & Media

2017, Design Exchange, Emerging Designer Award (fashion category)

2017, Flare Magazine, Top 100+ talented and driven Canadian women

2017, Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Arts Projects – Development, “The Mint Sweater Project”

2016, Toronto Arts Council, Indigenous Arts Projects – Development, “The Mint Sweater Project”

2016, The FADER, “This is What Happens When Indigenous Artists Do Their Own appropriating.” by Anupa Mistry.

2016, Toronto Star, “’Indian Giver’ confronting cultural appropriation through artwork” by Lauren Pelley

2016, Toronto Arts Council, Indigenous Arts Projects, “Indian Giver: Truth Telling & Narratives of Representation”

2015, CBC Metro Morning, “Appropriation”, with Matt Galloway

2014 & 2015, Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Arts Projects, “Setsuné R&D Workshop Series”

2014, Canada Council for the Arts, Indigenous Artists in Communities, “Collective Creation Project”

2012, Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Arts Projects, “Synaptic City”