All custom and commissioned items are final sale.
The below billing and shipping guidelines do not apply to custom design orders. Payment and delivery of commissioned orders will vary based on style, sizing, fabric selection, timeline, and other agreed-upon arrangements.
Each item is hand-made to order once the payment has been confirmed. Your item will be shipped out 5 – 7 days after confirmation.
Your item will arrive 7 – 14 days after the shipping day (as above); wait time is dependent on your location, type of shipping and the shipping provider. If you chose to have your item tracked, you will be emailed your tracking number.
Your item should arrive within approximately 14 – 21 days.
You may be able to pick-up your item in-person – contact me!
All accounts (credit or paypal) are billed upon purchase. Once payment has been confirmed your order will be hand-made and processed for shipping as per the above shipping days.
Paper invoices are not provided unless requested. Invoices will be sent via email.
We honour tax exemption for Indian Status on purchases. Contact me about placing your order.
This past Sunday I wrapped up five days at the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale. The One of a Kind is the largest trade craft show in Canada and the first time I showed my work at a commercial level (aka, created inventory and sold it). Leading up to and during those five days I went through a series of up and down experiences and feelings, which ultimately left me feeling invigorated and ready to keep going. It was a success! Continue reading “After the One of a Kind – Making it Happen and Reflection”
Full editorial available soon
The Strawberry Girls Spring Collection is a reminisce of my Berry Fast. The Berry Fast is a coming-of-age ceremony to learn the teachings, importance and responsibilities of being a woman – an important acknowledgement because sometimes I long for those days of being a kid, and sometimes I still feel like a kid.
I was thirteen when I began my fast. I was still running around in my shorts and tee’s, playing baseball and other field games. To start the fast we went to a farm just north of the city to pick berries. I vividly remember picking and freezing the strawberries, they were my favourite, they have always been my favourite, and I couldn’t even have the tiniest nibble – tragic to my young self! There was much growth during that year; navigating and being led through new territories in life, the fast taught me to have patience, to understand and acknowledge change and to respect my surroundings and myself.
After the fast I still felt like a girl but I could understand more clearly these big changes I was going through and my evolving role within the world. The yearend feast to break the fast took place in the backyard of my family’s apartment, off a side street from Queen and Spadina, with a few girlfriends, aunties (mostly adopted), my mom and elder. I wore a dress, which is custom for many ceremonies, but this time it was something I would wear as a young woman.
My memories of that time are lucid, it is an important time in a young girl’s life; the naiveté she holds of the world, the sweetness she sees in the world, the intense desire she has to grow up and everything she learns during that profound time in her life. Coming of age. That is what this collection is: remembering that open-minded time of growth in between the pleasure of youthfulness and the curiosity and desire for womanhood. A Strawberry Girl.
John & Deanne Hupfield (Pipe T-shirts: Runway)
Speakers, Performers & Talent
Cat Krueger (Opening: Runway)
Cherish Blood (Host: Runway)
DJ Fathom (Runway/Afterparty)
IsKwe (Headlining Performer: Runway)
Justin Manyfingers (Model: Runway)
Katryna Lonsdale (Model: Runway)
Kitsune Soleil (Model: Runway)
Michael Shand (Headlining Performer w/ IsKwe: Runway)
Michael Solomon (Model: Editorial/Runway)
Sera-Lys Huck-McArthur (Model: Runway)
Skye Paul (Model: Editorial)
Jason Jenkins (Runway)
Melissa McCauley (Runway)
Michael Ruszczycki (Editorial/Runway)
Rob Lackie (Runway)
Hair & Make-up
Deandra Wells (Key Make-up: Runway)
Israel Garcia (Key Hair: Editorial)
Joan Hinds (2nd Make-up: Runway)
Keyah Robinson (Key Hair: Runway)
Summer Faith Garcia (Key Make-up: Editorial)
Sunny Tse (2nd Make-up: Runway)
Ardene Aneesa Ali
Heather Haynes (Toronto Free Gallery)
Jessica Lea Fleming
Catherine Phillips (Production Manager/Excutive Assistant)
Sage Paul (Owner/Head Designer)
Thank you for the constant support, encouragement and inspiration from everyone – it keeps the spirit alive and creating.
Synaptic City, the Sage Paul fall/winter 2012 ready-to-wear collection is a sophisticated crossroads of culture. Paul explores the acknowledgement of tradition, the value of reinterpretation and curiosity for our convening cultures. Five jewelry designers were commissioned to create pieces based on the theme of relocation and adaptation. Her desire is to bring these ideals into a 21st century movement of appreciation and balance. Looking to the construction of traditional Pow Wow regalia and the styling of 1970s glamour, Synaptic City is a fusion of moving cultures in sync.
In this photo
Woman: Fancy Cobalt Tank, Dancer Slim Pant with Lace Legging Detail, The Egress necklace (Aimee Rochard for Sage Paul), Bone Bracelet (Trip Phoenix).
Man: Traditional Jacket (Jason Ryle for Sage Paul), Traditional Slim Pant with Legging detail (Jason Ryle for Sage Paul), Medicine Pouch (Louise Solomon for Sage Paul).
(Cotton, Mirrored Plexiglass)
Synaptic City is a crossroads of culture through an existence of tradition, the value of reinterpretation and a curiosity for convening. The desire is to bring these ideals into a 21st century movement of appreciation and balance. Looking to the construction of traditional Pow Wow regalia and the styling of 1970s glamour, Synaptic City is a fusion of moving cultures in sync through fashion and wearable art.
Five jewelry designers were commissioned to create pieces for the Sage Paul Fall/Winter 2012 collection “Synaptic City.” Featured as a part of the collection these artists’ works will be available for purchase.
Aimee is a first generation Canadian born to Trinidadian parents of Carib /Kalinago descent. She loves to keep her life full and varied and is a self-employed graphic designer, photographer, a jewelry maker, a singer, and Wonder Woman (shhh).
You can see more of her work at facebook.com/pages/SIX-FOOT-Photography-Design/26607456847
If you wish to inquire about commissioning or purchasing a piece from Aimee Rochard, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barb Nahwegahbow is an Ojibway woman, born and raised on the Whitefish River First Nation, Manitoulin Island. She is currently living in Toronto.
She started designing jewelry a few years ago and is largely self-taught. Barb loves bold and unique pieces that contain unexpected components. In her designs, she uses semi-precious and precious gemstones and combines them with wood, nuts and seeds, or porcelain and felted accent pieces. She also uses gold, silver, brass and copper, as well as vintage finds from antique markets. The artistry in her use of materials results in unique pieces that are wearable art.
Barb is also a writer and recently finished her first book, a collection of stories about Native women.
You can see more of her work at bnahwegahbow.introtowp.com
If you wish to inquire about commissioning or purchasing a piece from Barb Nahwegahbow, please contact her at email@example.com
Erin Marie Konsmo
Erin Marie Konsmo is a Métis /Cree Indigenous Feminist from Innisfail, Alberta. She works as a community-based artist providing pieces that support and enhance the beauty of grassroots work. As a friend once described the process, “It takes many people to bring birth to an art piece, just like how it takes many midwifes to be part of bringing life into this world.” Erin focuses on art forms that incorporate Indigenous knowledge while telling stories of struggle, resistance, self-determination, land, identity and sexual and reproductive justice. One of the most prominent mediums within her work is the incorporation of birch bark. As an Indigenous material, she uses the layers of birch bark to bridge the spaces between land, bodies and art – making all three connected. Erin is currently an Intern for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, and the Alberta Representative on the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network National Indigenous Youth Council on HIV and AIDS.
You can see her work at erinkonsmo.blogspot.com
If you wish to inquire about commissioning or purchasing a piece from Erin Konsmo, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Solomon (Ojibwe) is a multi-disciplinary artist who graduated from the University of Guelph, specializing in sculpture and extended media. In 2009 Louise was accepted into the Jewelry Methods program at George Brown College for goldsmithing. As a goldsmith Louise is able to bring her large-scale sculptures down into wearable forms of art while working with precious materials such as sterling silver and gold. Many of Louise’s artistic expressions stem from her love of Mother Earth and the quick pace of city living. Her work is contemporary and mainstream but still embodies the spiritual and cultural values of her Ojibwe traditions.
If you wish to inquire about commissioning or purchasing a piece from Louise Solomon, please contact her at email@example.com. Hand of Solomon on Facebook
Trip Phoenix aka Paul C. (Mestizo/Métis) was born in Montréal, Québec. Over his early years he was playing with rock bands at school shows and later in clubs in Montréal . He eventually put together his own band (Medicine Men) and went to New York City to sign a record contract with the major American label Savage/BMG.
In July of 2009, Trip suffered a stroke which left him without speech and use of the right side of his body. Over the next year he attended many different rehabilitation programs and has fought hard to regain his life. He started volunteering at The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and started to learn about the history of the Americas. Meanwhile, he started making jewelry and learning to paint with artist Joseph Sagaj. In 2010 Trip studied film at LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto), improvisation acting at Second City, and this year continued his clowning studies at The Centre of Gravity in Toronto and with Helen Donnelly. He’s also continuing to work on his jewelry, making a short film, painting and performance arts.
You can see his work at canardblanc.wordpress.com
If you wish to inquire about commissioning or purchasing a piece from Trip Phoenix, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos (Street fashion blog of Inuk dressed as Inuk)
- Native Appropriations (A response to cultural appropriations in pop culture)
- Natives of the Americas 2011 (Self-submitted people being people)
- Urban Native Girl Stuff (Musings of Indigenous people & culture in pop culture)
- Urban Native Magazine (Native American Lifestyle and Fashion)