Announces Lectures and Panels Featuring Kent Monkman, Jesse Wente, Devon Fiddler, Barbara Teller Ornelas and Jeneen Frei Njootli

For Immediate Release: May 15, 2018 · Please add to your listings/announcements

INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO

Announces Lectures and Panels Featuring

Kent Monkman, Jesse Wente, Devon Fiddler,

Barbara Teller Ornelas and Jeneen Frei Njootli

The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) is excited to announce its FREE lectures and panels series, creating access for all audiences to understand Indigenous fashion and craft on a deeper level. IFWTO takes place May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre, presenting the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and craft.

IFWTO lectures and panels provide opportunities for attendees to participate in discussions on a range of topics including a conversation with special guest Kent Monkman, one of Canada’s most renowned artists, who will discuss the role of fashion and radical image-making in his work with moderator Kerry Swanson (Development Director, IFWTO). Additional panelistsinclude Barbara Teller (Navajo Rug Weaver), Anjli Patel (Fashion Lawyer), Jesse Wente (pop culture thought-leader and critic), Jeneen Frei Njootli (Artist and Designer), Denise Bolduc (Creative Director, Producer & Programmer) and representatives from Shopify, Artscape and Ryerson University, School of Fashion.

The IFWTO lectures and panels are free of charge and include:

 

Indigenous Dyes & Fibres of Turtle Island | June 1, 11:30AM

A two-part lecture featuring IFWTO workshop facilitators Carola Jones (Black Walnut Dyeing) and Barbara Teller Ornelas (Navajo Rug Weaving). Our presenters are masters in their practices and carry generations of knowledge in dyeing and weaving. Carola and Barbara will introduce their teachings of traditional and sustainable materials and ways of making with weaving and dyeing, including how culture, story and process inform these materials.

 

Fashion, Symbolism and Radical Imagery: In Conversation with Kent Monkman | June 1, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

One of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Kent Monkman will discuss the pivotal role of fashion in his work, from his Louis Vuitton quill bag, to the elaborate regalia of his alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, and his recent collaborations with Jean Paul Gaultier.

Indigenous Entrepreneurship: Values-Driven Approaches and Practical Tools for Success | June 2, 11:30am – 1:30pm

A panel discussion exploring practical tools and technologies enabling Indigenous entrepreneurs to thrive in a competitive landscape. Jerrold McGrath (Artscape Launchpad), Denise Bolduc (Producer and Programmer), Devon Fiddler (SheNative), Sage Paul (IFWTO) and a Shopify representative will discuss Indigenous values-based approaches to creating sustainable and conscious businesses to foster successful artist entrepreneurs in retail, art exhibition and festival presentations.

Cultural (In)Appropriation | June 2, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

With Jesse Wente (Writer, Broadcaster, Producer and Speaker), Ariel Smith (Native Women in the Arts) and Anjli Patel (Fashion Lawyer and Trademark Agent), this panel explores the legal and ethical implications of “borrowing” or “appreciating” from oppressed cultures, who benefits and profits from cultural appropriation, and what is the protocol, if there is one, for a general consumer when wearing another cultures’ adornments.

 

Indigenous Futurisms: Fashion | June 2, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

To understand Indigenous futurisms is to understand the past and present sovereignty and reclamation of Indigenous cultures. This panel brings together Elwood Jimmy (Curator), Jeneen Frei Njootli (Artist & Designer), Skawennati Fragnito (New Media Artist) to discuss Indigenous influence and definitions as vital to the future, technology and innovation in fashion.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles launching May 31-June 3, 2018, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous people and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified or exploited. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

Major supporters of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto are Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, British Council and Ryerson University.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

May 31 – June 3, 2018

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Runway Tickets are on sale now at

harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?id=9917&festival_id=0

www.ifwtoronto.com

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IFWTO Announces 2018 Designers

IFWTO Announces 2018 Designers

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2018 · Please add to your listings/announcements

The Inaugural
INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO
May 31 – June 3, 2018
Announces 2018 Designers including
Lesley Hampton • Helen Oro •
Sho Sho Esquiro • Dorothy Grant

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) is proud to announce the line-up of Indigenous artists and designers presenting their work at the inaugural event, taking place from May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre. IFWTO will showcase some of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous fashion, textiles and craft from Canada, the US and Greenland, with a spotlight on the far north.

The Indigenous artists and designers presenting live runway shows at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto include: evening-wear designer Lesley Hampton; beader and accessory designer Helen Oro; haute couture fashion designer Sho Sho Esquiro, known for her mix of fabric, furs, skins, shells and beadwork; and Dorothy Grant, who combines Haida art with classic clothing design.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto live runway showcases will take place over four days and are inspired by the traditional seasons of the moon: New Moon recognizes spring and birth, this show will create space for new work and foster emerging artists; Berry Moon celebrates summer and pow wow season, and will feature traditionally inspired work and regalia of the future; Frost Moon enters the winter months and will showcase Inuk street style from Nunavut and Greenland and high Dene fashion featuring seal fur, vibrant colour and bone; and Harvest Moon, a time of year to gather and prepare for the winter months, is an intergenerational honouring of matriarchs, with designs that recognize the vitality of stories and teachings passed through generations.

Our community is bursting at the seams with new works in fashion, craft and textiles, and we are proud to be recognizing their artistry at the first Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. This year’s program of artists and designers represent the diversity of design, expression and tradition from nations across North America and Greenland.”– Sage Paul, Artistic Director, IFWTO

The artists and designers under each Moon Showcase include:

New Moon: Thursday, May 31: Lesley Hampton, Evan Ducharme, Warren Steven Scott, Janelle Wawia, Sugiit Lukx Designs (Yolanda Skelton), Meghann O’Brien

Berry Moon: Friday, June 1: Catherine Blackburn, Mi’kmaq Design (Ingrid Brooks), Helen Oro Designs, Niio Perkins Designs, Timeless Shadows Apparel (Tracey Heese), Injunuity (Cheryl & Carissa Copenace)

Harvest Moon: Saturday, June 2: Dorothy GrantDelina White, Artifaax (Denise Brillon), The Chinimiwin Collective

Frost Moon: Sunday, June 3: Nuuk Couture, Sho Sho Esquiro, Hinaani Design, Victoria Kakuktinniq, Tania Larsson, and Crystal Worl

More information about these designers and collections can be found here: IFWtoronto.com/program.

Additional programming details and the Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles launching May 31-June 3, 2018. IFWTO     celebrates the beauty and vitality of contemporary Indigenous expression and its connection to Indigenous knowledge and ways of life. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

IFWTO acknowledges the support of Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, British Council, Harbourfront Centre, Ryerson University and supporting partners.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
May 31 – June 3, 2018
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Ticket Sales and Workshop Registration will open April 2018
www.ifwtoronto.com

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IFWTO Announces Trade & Consumer Marketplace

IFWTO Announces Trade & Consumer Marketplace

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2018 · Please add to your listings/announcements

INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO
Announces Trade & Consumer Marketplace
Fashion • Textiles • Craft
June 2 and 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre

The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) is excited to announce over 40 exhibitors who will showcase their Indigenous-made work at the Trade & Consumer Marketplace on June 2 and 3, 2018. Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto takes place May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre, presenting the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and craft.

The IFWTO Trade & Consumer Marketplace exhibitors include: Cheekbone Beauty, Indigenous made cosmetics; La Petite Sauvagesse, contemporary Haudenosaunee designs for body and home; Mad Aunty, laser cut jewelry by artist and designer Joi T. Arcand; Manitobah Mukluks, authentic Aboriginal Mukluks, Moccasins and accessories; Chippewar, art and apparel by multimedia artist Jay Soule; Ken’niwá:’a, a modern children’s brand; Victoria’s Arctic Fashion, traditional northern garments with a modern flair; Running Fox Beads, Sailor Jerry style beaded patches by Skye Paul; Jennifer Younger, jewellery featuring unique carving techniques and innovative material finishes; Chinimiwin Collective, textile artists focused on reclamation of identity; Niio Perkins, Native American beadwork; and Born in the North, multidisciplinary designs by Christopher and Gregory Mitchell.

Admission to the Trade & Consumer Marketplace in the Lakeview Market at Harbourfront Centre is free. The full list of exhibitors can be found here, with more to be announced in the coming weeks: IFWtoronto.com/marketplace

In addition to the wide array of exhibitors the Trade & Consumer Marketplace will host The Designer Showroom in Harbourfront Centre’s West Corridor Bays, June 1 – 3, 2018. The Designer Showroom will include some runway designers from IFWTO showcasing and selling their work to industry and fans alike. 

The Trade & Consumer Marketplace includes the Original Makers Space, which seeks to address the lack of access and representation of older women in the workplace. The Original Makers Space, supported by Ryerson University, is a drop-in site where elders are invited to work on their own designs, sell their pieces if they choose, and socialize.

The Trade & Consumer Marketplace features work by young and emerging designers who incorporate traditional techniques into their contemporary work with pop sensibilities, as well as traditional designers who are sustaining Indigenous language, stories and skills passed on through the generations using beads, quills, fur, leather and other traditional materials.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles launching May 31-June 3, 2018, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous people and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified or exploited. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

IFWTO acknowledges the support of Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, British Council, Harbourfront Centre, Ryerson University and supporting partners

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
May 31 – June 3, 2018
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Runway Tickets are on sale now at
harbourfrontcentre.com/ifwto2018
www.ifwtoronto.com

IFWToronto on Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

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The First Annual INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO

The First Annual INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO

Fashion • Textiles • Craft
May 31 – June 3, 2018

For Immediate Release: March 08, 2018 · Please add to your listings/announcements

The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) takes place May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre, presenting the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and craft. IFWTO launches with runway showcases, a curated exhibition, panels and lectures, hands-on workshops, and a market place, including works by 75% Indigenous women artists and a Far North Spotlight with delegations travelling from Nunavut and Greenland.

Founded by Dene artist, designer and innovative leader Sage Paul, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is committed to presenting and exporting Indigenous-made works for the advancement and empowerment of Indigenous artists and designers.

Indigenous fashion can redefine mainstream fashion and art: our fashion illustrates our stories, traditions, sovereignty and resiliency.” says Sage Paul, Artistic Director. “IFWTO is about carving out space for Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles and we are thrilled to be presenting Indigenous artists and their works from across Canada, the USA and Greenland this Spring.”

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto live runway showcases will include 23 Indigenous artists and designers from across Canada, USA and Greenland, including men’s and women’s wear, streetwear, avant garde, traditional regalia, jewellery and craft.

The IFWTO lectures and panels will provide opportunity for all audiences to understand Indigenous fashion, including Indigenous Dyes & Fibres, Storytelling & Symbolism in Textiles & Design, Cultural (In)Appropriation, Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Indigenous Fashion Futurisms. Panelists and lecturers will include Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, designers, arts and fashion industry, academics and thought leaders.

The multi-day, hands-on workshops at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto will include Indigo Dyeing (Tuscarora Nation), Black Walnut Dyeing (Tuscarora Nation), Navajo Rug Weaving, and Beading for Beginners (Dene Nation). The Trade & Consumer Market Place will feature over 40 vendors in Indigenous fashion, food, cosmetics, lifestyle, craft, textiles and more.

 

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto programming details and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles launching May 31-June 3, 2018, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous peoIple and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified or exploited. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

 

Major supporters of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto are Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, British Council and Ryerson University.

 

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

May 31 – June 3, 2018

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Ticket Sales and Workshop Registration will open April 1

www.ifwtoronto.com

IFWToronto on FacebookTwitterInstagram

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710 x221, Damien Nelson, damien@flip-publicity.com