TOTEM ILLUMINAIRE - EAGLE & BEAR - W/ MARK PRESTON
42 x 10.5 x 10.5 in.
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FEAST 8 DINING TABLE W/ MARK PRESTON
oak, aluminium, glass
30 x 101 x 44 in.
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Canadian designer, Sabina Hill, in collaboration with aboriginal artists, creates original custom furniture art and installations which merges the rich mythology of West Coast native culture with a contemporary design aesthetic. Sabina skillfully integrates Native motifs into her work creating a unique, contemporary expression, one that evokes the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and celebrates the convergence of two distinct design cultures.
Her work tells a visual story rooted in First Nations iconography, presented through contemporary design, materials and an aesthetic informed by her artistic and architectural education. Dr. George MacDonald, former president of the Bill Reid Foundation and current director of Simon Fraser University’s Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, hails her work as “demonstrating the next phase in the development of North West Coast art and design.” Born in Vancouver, BC, Sabina is inspired by First Nations imagery, which is deeply-rooted in Pacific Northwest regional culture. Sabina graduated in architecture from the University of British Columbia and in environmental studies from the University of Manitoba. After founding her studio in 1993, she began to connect professionally with the First Peoples in 2000, as she sought to create works with a distinctly regional design esthetic--envisioning a collaboration with those who have been bringing the spirit of the land to surface through art for thousands of years.
Adorned objects are part of the First Nations living culture. Sabina’s work is carrying this tradition forward, as she continues to explore designing furniture and art in ways that “bring the ceremonial into daily life.” Sabina’s collections feature native motifs created in collaboration with local artists: Andy Everson, Mark Preston, Steve Smith, Corrine Hunt and recently, Jessica Silvey. Her work is handcrafted locally, utilizing unique material combinations and leading edge technologies. These handcrafted museum quality works are authenticated limited editions and commissions that showcase an ever-expanding palette of materials which reflect her highly collectible and evolving design esthetic. The Harvest Collection represents a new direction for the designer as she introduces ‘soft materials’, including animal hides, tanned salmon skins, and weaving into her northwest coast style. Sabina’s work, imbued with the spirit of her shared Pacific Northwest culture, showcases First Nations motifs, extending their crosscultural appeal, and demonstrating a powerful and poignant legacy.
Born on Aug 20, 1960 in Vancouver, BC. Nationality is Canadian
1993 Bachelor of Architecture Degree with Honours, University of British Columbia, School of Architecture
1988 Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
1985 Vancouver Community College, Arts and Science Program
1984 Draftsperson I Certificate, Architecture, Process Piping and Materials Handling, Vancouver Vocational Institute
1979 Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, First Year Foundation
1978 Carson Graham Senior Secondary, High School Diploma
2008 Arthouse, Calgary, AB, Group Exhibition, Made in the West
2008 The Works, Edmonton, AB, Group Show, Art & Design Festival
2008 Sun Spirit Gallery, West Vancouver, BC, Solo Exhibition, Celebration
2008 University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, ON, Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design Exhibition
2008 The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, BC, Dwell Collection
2007 New Spirit Collection, The Inuit Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 Group Show, Building Elements III Metals, Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
2005 Group Show, Through the Eyes of the Northwest Coast Woman, The Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005 Women's Exhibition, The Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005 Formlines, The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
2014 - Canada House, The Canadian High Commission, Trafalger Square, London, UK
2009 - Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
The University of British Columbia, Oral Health Centre, Vancouver, BC
2003 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.(shortlisted along with former business partner)
1993 American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal and Certificate (Top ranked student of the graduating class).
1992 First Place, 4th Year Project Competition, Faculty of Engineering, University of British Columbia.
1991 American Architectural Institute Scholarship for Professional Degree Candidates
1990 Robert D. Firth Scholarship (awarded on the basis of high academic standing; ranked number 1 in first year class).
1990 Architectural Institute of British Columbia Scholarship)in recognition of high overall academic standing and development in design.
1988 Dean's Honour List, Third Year Environmental Studies, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba
1986 Isbister Scholarship (for highest academic standing in first and second year Environmental Studies, Faculty of Architecture, University
1985 BC. Post Secondary Scholarship (for high scholastic achievement, Vancouver Community College).
2005 Essential Vancouver, "Boundary Breakers", Vancouver, BC
2005 Galleries West, "Northwest Coast Art: At a Crossroads", Calgary, AB
2005 Where Magazine, "Art, on and off the wall", Vancouver, BC
2007 Trek Magazine, Profile, Vancouver, BC
2007 The Edmonton Journal, Urban Remedy The New Spirit
2008 Globe & Mail, Best of the West, Toronto, ON
2008 Canadian Interiors Magazine, What’s Up Section, Beaver Tale, Toronto, ON,
2008 Dream House Magazine, Coming Home, Vancouver, BC
2008 Vancouver Lifestyle Magazine, Making a Splash, Vancouver, BC
2008 Indulge Magazine, Inviting Design, Vancouver, BC
2008 Dream House Magazine, Artwork and interior design featured in virtual Summer Dream House edition, Vancouver, BC
2008 Look Magazine, Homegrown, North Vancouver, BC
2008 Home Makeover Magazine, New and Now, Vancouver, BC
2015 The Globe and Mail The Art of Decorating Canada House
2009 Danroth Residence, Vancouver, BC, Living room media wall
2009 Ashby Residence, West Vancouver, BC, Dining Table and Glass Feature Wall
2008 Cicuto Residence, Burnaby, BC, Wall Panel and Wine Room Door Panel
2008 Sharpe Residence, Calgary, AB, dining table
2008 The Sheraton, Victoria Gateway, Langford, BC, Four large scale mixed media installations for hotel lobby
2007 Webb Residence, Edmonton, AB, Partition Screens
2006-07 Conconi Residence, Vancouver, BC, Custom millwork, console & mirror, six mixed media panels
2005 Periera Residence, Saltspring Island, BC, Table
2003 Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Vancouver, BC, Lobby Installation
2003 Kerfoot Residence, Whistler, BC, Multiple pieces integrated into architectural millwork (in collaboration with Stantec Architecture)
2001 Howland Residence, Bellevue, WA, Exterior Front Entry Door Panels
2001 Periera Residence, Saltspring Island, BC, Bed, Headboard and Table