Fariba Mirzaie

Fariba Mirzaie


Fariba Mirzaie is a North Vancouver based fashion designer and textile artist creating unique wearable art out of non-traditional materials. 

Fariba is a Vancouver based fashion designer and textile artist. Born in Abadan in South Western Iran, she played with artful combinations of form and materials from the age of five. When the Iran -Iraq war erupted in 1980, the family moved from the border region to the north. Around this time fariba started designing fashion,soon heading her own successful business.she moved to Vancouver in 1996 with her daughter and undertook formal art studies, graduating from the textile art program at capilano University,She also took many fashion design courses at VCC.

Fariba opened her own business in North Vancouver in spring of 2000 and later on, she opened Gabbeh Textile Art Gallery in Downtown Vancouver. She produces her pieces from scratch - a process which includes designing the fabric, patterns and styles to create unique items of wearable art. By incorporating this craftsmanship into her process, Fariba is able to create one-of-a-kind designs meant for a distinctive niche in the field of fashion. Because of this, her designs remain unpredictable and are impossible to be reproduced by others.

  • The runner up prize in the Open Category at the 2013 Saskatchewan wearable art competition
  • Mirzaie is recipient of three WAA Awards: 2012 Award, Best in Show Award 2013
    (Sponsored by the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) and
    the People’s Choice Award at the Wearable Art Competition port moody art centre. Feb 2013
  • Winner of both the Best of Show Award & People choice Award at Outside the Box,
    an Exploration of fiber - White Rock Art gallery Sep 10, 2011
  • Winner of the best of show Award at the Wearable art show, Art gallery of Campbell River, July 23 2011
  • Winner of the best of show Award & people choice Award at Art Attire wearable art show,
    Art gallery of Greater Victoria June11, 2011.
  • Third place at Wearable art competition, port Moody Arts Centre Oct 7, 2004


Artist Statement

The power of nature to stimulate, harmonize, and give insight are strong motivating factors for Fariba Mirzaie.

Working quickly in a stream of connections, she manipulates the structure of the fabric, printing, dying and embellishing to create strong organic forms in a natural color palette.

From early age, nature influenced Fariba this fascination plus her love of drawing and painting have combined to give her a sense into how nature’s relationship can be positive forces to understand the human condition. Fariba believes that nature has the power to affect our sensitivity and positively inspire interaction with others.

Varying shapes, sizes and colors are Fariba¹s tools to create metaphors conveying intangible thoughts. The artist believes that an intimate connection to nature and its processes can be positive energy for change. Through her work, Fariba¹s intent is to convey harmonious love; something she feels is essential today.

Her exhibitions include

    From Nothing, Circle Craft Gallery, Granville Island, March 2015
    Wearable art Competition, port moody Art centre, Feb, 17, 2015
    Surrender, Silk purse Art Gallery West Vancouver, August 2014
    Slow Fashion Show, Harmony Arts Festival, August 2014
    Wearable Art competition, Saskatchewan, Oct 2013
    Wearable art Competition, port moody Art centre, Feb, 17, 2013
    Natural elements, Ferry building gallery, West Vancouver Nov 2012
    Surrender, Kay meek centre West Vancouver April 2012
    Outside the Box, an Exploration of fiber- White Rock Art gallery, Sep 10, 2011
    Wearable art show, Art gallery of Campbell River July23, 2011
    “Art Attire” wearable art show, Art gallery of Greater Victoria June11, 2011
    Surrender, solo show, West Vancouver Museum August 2010
    Mixed messages, Ferry building gallery West Vancouver Jan 2010
    fRESH 2009 fashion show for Cityscape Art gallery May 8 2009
    Uncommon Threads Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver Sep 28 2008
    Green is the new Black, Vancouver museum, Vancouver March30 2008
    Behind the Nature, Yaletown gallery, Vancouver March21 2008
    Seeker, Sentry, Sage, Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, Victoria, BC May11 2006
    Nature Thought, Gabbeh, Vancouver. Jan13, 2006
    Wearable art competition, Port Moody Arts Center Oct 7, 2005
    Spirit of Nature, Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver Sep12, 2004
    Historical Iranian textile & work of Fariba Mirzaie, Seymour Art Gallery Aug10, 2004
    Earthquake Relief Fundraiser Fashion Show, Seymour Art Gallery Mar 2, 2004
    Wearable Art, Seymour Art Gallery Oct 28, 2003
    Textile Art Exhibition, North Vancouver Municipal Hall Oct 18, 2002
    Threads of Life – The Culture of Cloth, Vancouver Guild of Fabric Arts, Jan 2001
    Fashion Show, Sienna Gallery, North Vancouver, Jul 2000