Fariba Mirzaie is an award-winning Vancouver-based fashion designer and textile artist. She creates unique textile and wearable art out of non-traditional materials.

Fariba was born in Abadan in South Western Iran. She operated her own design studio for eight years before moving to Vancouver in 1996. Graduating from the Textile Art and Design Program at Capilano University in 1999, she also took Sculpture at Studio Art and Advanced Surface Design at Capilano University in 2001.

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 that 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

  • 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 at Port Moody Art Centre.
    February 2013

  • Winner of both the Best of Show Award & the People’s Choice Award at Outside the Box, an Exploration of Fibre - White Rock Art Gallery.
    September 10, 2011

  • Winner of the Best of Show Award & People’s Choice Award at Art Attire Wearable Art Show, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
    June 11, 2011.

  • Third place at Wearable Art Competition, Port Moody Arts Centre.
    October 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 colour palette.