Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.
Stephanie Fortin graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA focused on textiles and art history and an illustration diploma from Sheridan Institute. Fortin has been an artist-in-residence in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre since 2011 and has exhibited her work across North America including The Design Exchange, The National Ballet of Canada and The Ontario Craft Council. Fortin creates unique hand dyed and printed textiles, incorporating itajime shibori, immersion and removal dyeing with contemporary practices of silk screening. She is interested in the interaction and play between line, shape, colour, form and pattern. Fortin has expanded her practice into the commercial scope with her company Coeur De Lion Textiles and has been featured in television, magazines and numerous online articles. With a strong dedication to process and colour, Coeur De Lion Textiles believes that there is significant value in hand made craft. Each item has its individual special narrative that Fortin strives to bring to her clientele. Offering hand dyed and printed textiles designed for fashion and home.
2012 Mary Robertson Textile Scholarship, Ontario Crafts Council Awards
2012 One of a Kind Spring Show: Craft Community of Canada Award, Nominated by Harbourfront Centre
2011 Harbourfront Centre: Artist-in-Residence Scholarship
2014,Viva Voce: voices from the Craft Studio, speaker, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
2014, Studio Magazine, Craft and Design in Canada, Portfolio of Makers feature, Fall/Winter