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CMC 91-401 - CD95-644-062, 91-402 - CD95-644-064

Carole Sabiston — Fibre Artist

Victoria — British Columbia

Two Bits of Night Sky n.d. (left - CMC 91-402)
Two Bits of Day Sky n.d. (right - CMC 91-401)
fabric assemblage
216 cm x 94 cm (each panel)

Carole Sabiston
From windows looking out to space or from space looking back to earth, I like to examine the concept of movement between near and far. I am compelled to look at the ways we travel around and through our environment in reality and in our imaginations. As a metaphor for silent travel, I have constructed three-dimensional sails, parachutes and flying carpets — all textile means of transportation.

Carole Sabiston is a Victoria-based fibre artist who constructs large scale wall-hangings, theatre sets and costumes. Sabiston was born in England, immigrating to Canada in 1948 with her parents. She studied Fine Art at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Victoria.

For the past 30 years, she has created major commissions for public and commercial buildings, as well as for private collections in Canada, Panama, England, Spain, and the United States. The "assemblage medium" she has explored in her career is closely linked to the twentieth-century invention of collage — a medium based on destruction and reconstruction.

Sabiston's innovative creations have been widely exhibited across Canada in galleries and museums including, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; the Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; the Vancouver Art Gallery; and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She is represented in numerous public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull; the Claridege Collection, Montreal; the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; and the Confederation Arts Centre, Charlottetown.

In 1987, Sabiston was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 1992 she received the Order of British Columbia, and in 1993 the Canada 125 Medal. In June 1995, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Since the mid 1970s, Sabiston has also been active in theatre design, creating installations for the Pacific Opera, Victoria, and for the B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver. In 1994, she designed the international textile project "Commonwealth Cape of Many Hands", featured at the Closing Ceremonies of the XV Commonwealth Games, held in Victoria, British Columbia. This work was then presented to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, host city for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Sabiston has had a long and rewarding career as a teacher and lecturer, providing workshops and courses in art schools and universities throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. A tireless volunteer, she has served on the boards of numerous arts and community organizations, including the World Craft Council, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the B.C. Arts Board.

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