Michel Labine, of Metis heritage is originally from Northern Ontario, 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.” I've expanded and broadened my art interest lately to include blacksmithing, leather crafts and welded art.
Michel is considered a self–taught artist having more than 25 years of experience in creating glass art. I design unique custom northern stained glass and hot glass creations and panels that reflect the scenery, wildlife, culture and people of the Northwest Territories.
Michel is also considered a self–taught artist having more than 32 years of experience in creating drums and is able to reproduce culturally correct drums of the circumpolar region. Recently I've expanded my leather work to Tobacco Pouches and Medicine Bags reflecting our successful spiritual tobacco growing ventures.
After reviving my late fathers and grandfathers Blacksmithing passions I've collaborated with my son to expose him to Blacksmithing. We now own and operate our own Blacksmithing shop and produce Artisan related items for sale on a regular basis. These items are also finding themselves spread throughout the community and the Northwest Territories and YuKon.
Among those who have received my stained glass and fused glass commissioned works are the Prime Minister of Canada, The Governor General of Canada, former Governor General of Alberta, Numerous members of Parliament and Ministers, the Bishop of Mackenzie Diocese, The Anglican Bishop, Mark Carney the previous Governor of the Bank of Canada. The Hamlet of Ulukhaktok, William J.S. Elliott Commissioner of RCMP, the Town of Fort Smith, Several Premiers, Ministers and MLA’s of the Government of the Northwest Territories, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Ted Nolan and many other dignitaries. The Fort Smith Northern Life Museum, Aurora College and many other Government Offices are also adorned by my creations.
His stained glass pieces are displayed in many homes and offices throughout Canada, Australia, the Circumpolar Region and all over the World.