Travail en cours de Stephanie Fortin
Stephanie Fortin, Work in progress (Mordant Body Tracings), reclaimed cotton bed sheets, cotton thread, rust from found metal objects in Quebec City such as rebar and nails, foraged sumac and goldenrod from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli surrounding Est-Nord-Est, hand-dyed using tracing and wrapping, pieced and hand-stitched, varying sizes, 2021. Crédit photo: ENE / Jean-Sébastien Veilleux photographe.

Stephanie Fortin

Artist / Summer 2021


Stephanie Fortin explores the correlation of spaces and things, to the body and land. Trying to visualize the interrelationship between the life of a material or thing and the body. Using thrifted textiles, processes involving pressure-based techniques of clamping, folding, wrapping, stitching, and natural dyes and pigments e.g. plant, animal and minerals. I grow and forage colour from my surroundings, often urban locations, in combination with objects from textile labour and everyday use as a means to express these ideas.

She trained in Interpretive Illustration at Sheridan College (Oakville, ON) and completed an interdisciplinary BFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (Halifax,NS). Fortin held a full-time artist-in-residence position at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON) and Akin + Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) and was a past member of The Contemporary Textile Studio Coop (Toronto, ON). Stephanie’s work has been generously supported and honoured by Craft Ontario, The Dalglish Family, Harbourfront Centre, The Toronto Arts Council and The Ontario Arts Council and has been shown in North America and China. Fortin is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.