Dee Fontans is a jeweller, enamelist, fashion designer and performance artist. She studied at Parsons School of Design and State University of New York, and now teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited and published in the United States, Germany, the Caribbean and across Canada. In 2003 Dee was voted one of "ten most important artists in Calgary, of the last 20 years". She was recently featured in a series of television Art Spots for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2006 she received the Alberta Craft Council Award of Honour.
"My work stimulates and excites the visual senses through movement, the manipulation of shape and the exaggeration of the body."
Dee Fontans is an internationally recognized jeweller, artist, performance artist and fashion designer. Her designs are eccentric, fun to look at, and based in theory where she tries to dispel the old myths about men and women, and get back to basics of what makes us unique and yet so similar.
With her partner Charles Lewton-Brain, Dee founded and runs the Lewton-Brain/Fontans Centre for Jewellery Studies. The Centre promotes education in jewellery skills, techniques and the awareness of jewellery, body adornment and design. She also teaches in the jewellery department at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. She has exhibited and published in the United States, West Germany and Canada. Dee studied at the Parson School of Design in New York City and the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Collections: Europe, Asia, United States and Canada
Anne Barros, Ornament and Object: Canadian Jewellery and Metal Art, 1946-1996. Boston Mills Press, 1997.