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WE ARE HIRING 6 INDIGENOUS WOMEN (short term, contract) Contract Dates: April 10 – 21 (subject to extension) Application Deadline: March 29, 2017 Only those invited for an interview will be contacted. A sewing sample test will be conducted at the time of interview Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator has partnered with a large retailer to […]

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Indian Giver Exhibition Artists Take On Cultural Appropriation with Guest Panelists

Listen to and join the on-going discussion about the cultural appropriation of Indigenous peoples Location: Gallery 1313 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L8 Phone:(416) 536-6778 Panel Discussion: June 18 from 2-4pm Exhibition dates: June 8 to June 19th Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday 1pm-6pm (Toronto) The Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator is talking about cultural […]

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How Indigenous artists are taking back what the fashion industry stole (CBC Arts)

From the gallery to the mall? Imagine seeing an art show about cultural appropriation at Urban Outfitters If Sage Paul and Erika Iserhoff get their wish, the next place you’ll see their latest art show will be at the mall. Urban Outfitters, specifically — international purveyor of faux-vintage record players and dorm-room décor, and a retailer […]

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This Is What Happens When Indigenous Artists Do Their Own Appropriating (THE FADER)

Toronto’s Setsuné Fashion Incubator has curated an art show-cum-clapback called Indian Giver. Sage Paul knew that the name of her new art show would be provocative. Indian Giver: It’s an outmoded pejorative used to denigrate a long tradition of equitable give-and-take common to many native communities across North America. Paul is a Toronto-based clothing designer, […]

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INDIAN GIVER: RECLAIMING A STOLEN CULTURE (shedoesthecity.com)

I first heard the term “Indian Giver” in primary school. A little girl blurted it out when I tried to grab my toy to go home. “You’re an Indian Giver!” she hissed. I remembered feeling confused. “Indian Giver” is a perjorative term – but a new exhibition is putting it out there for us to […]

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Indian Giver’ confronting cultural appropriation through artwork (Toronto Star)

June art exhibition from Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator providing a platform for indigenous women artists Erika Iserhoff says she’s done playing nice. From the genocide of indigenous people in residential schools, to the appropriation of their imagery and clothing by modern brands and designers, the multidisciplinary James Bay Cree artist says there’s long been a […]

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Indian Giver – An exhibition of fashion, textiles and wearable art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 10, 2016 The Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator is thrilled to announce the opening exhibition of its inaugural Collective Creation Project – Indian Giver. In partnership with Craft Ontario and Culture Storm, this exhibition of commissioned works addresses issues of cultural appropriation through fashion, textiles and wearable art with curatorial vision by […]

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Artists Selected to Create New Works in Fashion, Textiles and Wearable Art for Inaugural Collective Creation Project “Cultural Appropriation”

image: examples of past works by the selected artists For immediate release – November 9, 2015 (Toronto) The Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator is excited to introduce the selected participants of its first-ever Collective Creation Project. Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, the selected artists for this group show will […]

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Author: By Andrea Smith Windspeaker Contributor TORONTO Volume: 33 Issue: 9   Year: 2015 A Toronto-based fashion arts project that seeks to challenge issues of cultural appropriation in clothing design is underway. Setsune Indigenous Fashion Incubator, the name of the team of artists who came up with the idea, launched the Collective Creation Project officially this month, […]

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Audio: Appropriation on CBC’s Metro Morning with Matt Galloway

The Toronto born fashion designers behind D-Squared are under fire after the release of the label’s latest women’s collection. Matt Galloway spoke with Sage Paul. She is a Toronto based indigenous artist who works in fashion textiles and wearable art.

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Dsquared brings back dated, racist slurts “squ*w” and “eskimo” for new collection

We very much disagree with and are very offended by the blatant CULTURAL APPROPRIATION of and RACISM towards Indigenous people and our culture in Dsquared2’s latest collection “‪Dsqu*w‬” *shudder* The line between “inspired by” and “appropriation” is often confused, unfortunately, however the use of slur’s like “squaw” is completely unacceptable; racism has no grey area. The […]

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Native Fashion Now

THIS TEXT FROM THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM WEBSITE FOR THEIR UPCOMING 2015/2016 EXHIBITION “NATIVE FASHION NOW” From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, this exhibition celebrates the visual range, creative expression and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 100 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from […]

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Ralph Lauren’s Native American Ads Reveal Sad Truth About The Fashion World

This article originally appeared in Huff Post by Kim Bhasin The clothing company Ralph Lauren released an online advertisement for its RRL line last month that drew scathing criticism from Native Americans. The ad’s imagery harked back to the Old West, with henley jerseys and rustic jeans displayed in faded sepia tones. And while one page […]

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