– – – weaving indigenous culture in fashion, textiles & craft – – –

Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator fosters new works by Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and crafts. Setsuné (set-soon-ay) means grandmother in the Dene language and we use it to acknowledge intergenerational crossovers, blood memory and oral histories.  Our programming empowers Indigenous artists through professional and artistic development, exhibition of artworks and strategic economic partnerships, with amplified access for young Indigenous women and mothers. Setsuné is led by Indigenous women; we work in the spirit of a not-for-profit social enterprise within an Indigenous framework.

The Team

Sage Paul
Co-Artistic Director
Sage Paul is an urban Dene woman; she makes fashion, costume and craft. She is also the co-Artistic Director of the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator. Artistically and professionally, sage champions family, sovereignty and resistance for balance. Previously, Sage led the events and communications at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival for 10 years and served five years as secretary for the Native Women in the Arts Board of Directors. Some of her work has shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre. She is the maker of Toronto's inaugural 2018 Indigenous Fashion Week and is working on two fashion-based projects: Giving Life and The Mint Sweater Project
Erika Iserhoff
Co-Artistic Director
Erika A. Iserhoff is an multi-disciplinary artist of Omushkego/Eeyou Cree ancestry and is a member of Constance Lake First Nation. She is the Artistic Producer for Native Women in the Arts, and is founding member of the Chocolate Woman Collective, and the Co-Artistic Director for Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator. Erika works to collaborate with artists, communities, and reflect Indigenous cultural practices within her art and design work. She is a graduate from the OCADU with a degree in Material Arts & Design where she now teaches as a sessional professional within the Indigenous Visual Culture Program. She also has a Dora Award for Outstanding Costume Design for the play Agokwe by Waawaate Fobister (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2008).

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Toronto, ON Canada
+1 416 459 8280