The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Culture Days

Designed and built by Stephanie Fortin of Coeur de Lion Textiles and the participants of Culture Days, 2011. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

This tutu explores the theme of multiculturalism with both the creation process and design.The base is constructed using Dash, a print from Coeur de Lion’s current collection that is methodical yet busy, referencing city streets, maps, buildings and movement. Participants in Culture Days hand-dyed strips of silk using a traditional Japanese resist dyeing technique known as shibori. The bands of silk were then rolled and sewn onto the base starting at a central point and dispersing outward from that point, akin to urban and suburban sprawl.

Culture Days is a national celebration featuring free, hands-on, interactive activities that invites the public to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers at work in their cities.

Stephanie Fortin is the founder and designer of Coeur De Lion Textiles in Toronto and works out of the Textile Studio at the Harbourfront Centre as Artist in Residence. Coeur De Lion Textiles offers hand dyed, printed and designed products and textiles for the Fashion Industry.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.