Biography

Photo: Nadya Kwandibens (www.redworks.ca)

Sage Paul makes fashion and crafts. She is a Dene woman. Her work is narrative for sovereignty, culture and resistance. Her aesthetic weaves beauty and sadness. – Authentic Appropriations (anti-fashion).

Most recently, Sage was a curatorial leader and exhibiting artist of Indian Giver: Truth Telling and Narratives of Representation (2016), where Indigenous women challenged cultural appropriation through abstract fashion works. Indian Giver received great response including feature articles in The FADER, The Toronto Star and CBC Arts. Sage was also a speaker for the Walrus Magazine’s Walrus Talk Series: “What is Art, Anyway?” and Ryerson University’s “Aware – We Are?”, The School of Fashion’s first-ever panel discussion about cultural appropriation. Sage’s works have exhibited at the Woodland Cultural Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, Harbourfront Centre, and Art Gallery of Ontario. Sage has completed three fashion collections and designed wardrobe for film and theatre including with Danis Goulet, Kent Monkman and Herbie Barnes. She is the co-founder of Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, a platform to foster and present Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and crafts, and she also sits on the board of directors for Native Women in the Arts as Secretary.

Artistic Highlights:

  • Group Show, Indian Giver: Truth Telling and Narratives of Representation, Gallery 1313 (2016)
  • Group Show, The Mending Lounge, Craft Ontario (2016)
  • Key Wardrobe (The Study of Meaning-Making capsule collection), inaugural “Rising Stars” editorial spread and TV, Urban Native Magazine/Urban Native Girl TV (2014/2015)
  • Group Show and Fashion Show, FashioNative, Woodland Cultural Centre (2014)
  • Wardrobe (Character: Weesageechak), Wakening by Danis Goulet (2013) (Opening short film a the Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Group Show, Friday Night Live – Indigenous Arts, Royal Ontario Museum (June 2013)
  • Solo Show, Synaptic City Wearable Art Show, Harbourfront Centre (August 2012)
  • Fashion Show, Synaptic City Ready-to-Wear, Gladstone Hotel (2012)
  • Fashion Show, End of Summer Ready-to-Wear Vignettes, Oz Studios (2011)
  • Group Show, (Re) Representation, Art Gallery of Ontario (May 2009)
  • Wardrobe (Character: Miss Eagle Testickle), Robin’s Hood by Kent Monkman (2006)
  • Key Wardrobe, Divided by Zero by Danis Goulet (2005)