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Michel J. Labine

South Slave
Fort Smith
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(867) 872-0033
PO. Box 1118
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0

Artist Story

I’ve always wanted my art to be unique, something special that people would refer to and say without question, “That came from the north”. I think my stained-glass snowshoe work, and the traditional drum making I do really send the message that our part of the world is very special. The uniqueness of our territory inspires me to create custom northern stained creations.

There’re just so many reasons why I love to create. If I’m working with stained glass I love the creativity, varying the pieces to make colors work together, getting the pieces to pop within my uniquely framed snowshoes and or varying northern drum frames, the way I had anticipated. It can be quite challenging with some pieces, and then with others everything just flows together perfectly. I love opening the packages of raw glass as the shipper is delivering them. My eye often see’s exactly what each individual piece will be used for, I can often see the final product within the glass sheet before I cut it.

I’m the type of person that doesn’t let anything stop me. If something needs to be done, then I’ll do it. This is a big benefit when it comes to being artistic, it allows me to think creatively when approaching anything. When it comes to creating my art, I strive to produce quality made northern themed pieces that reveal my attention to detail. I like my pieces to stand out above anything similar. I put my knowledge and experiences into everything I make. By acquiring one of my custom northern creations you’ll join the numerous individuals from all walks of life and from every area of the globe who already possesses a unique art piece reminiscent of their northern travels or aspirations.

Artist Bio: 

Michel Labine, of Metis heritage is originally from Northern Ontario, born and raised in Hanmer. Michel has made the Northwest Territories his home since 1980 and now lives in Fort Smith on the shores of the Slave River. Michel began dabbling in art at the young age of 6 spending his spare time drawing, carving and creating, it has become his outlet, “ I enjoy working with all available materials but lately I spend countless hours designing custom northern glass creations.” Michel is considered a self–taught artist having some 16 years of experience in the glass art. He still loves carving antlers, wood and metal sculpting but now I love to dabble and experiment trying to create unique northern pieces. “ I tend to see the items within the glass itself and spend hours trying to incorporate the patterns into my work. I’ve inlayed glass panels within snowshoes, native drums and antlers. I design unique custom northern stained glass and warm glass creations and panels that reflect the scenery, wildlife, culture and people of the Northwest Territories. Recently I’ve begun creating lamps and three-dimensional pieces such as tee-pees, drums, masks, and igloos. These new areas have sparked a greater interest in creating integrated glass items. “One must never stop learning”. The fluidness of warm glass is the latest venue he is exploring. Among those who have received Michel’s commissioned works are the former Governor General of Alberta, Justin Trudeau, the Bishop of the Mackenzie Dioceses, the town of Fort Smith, and the Fort Smith Northern Life Museum. His stained glass pieces are displayed in many homes and offices throughout Canada, Australia, Holland, Siberia, Finland, Norway, Greenland and the United States.

Last Updated: November 11, 2015

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