The Paper Crane Tutu


To celebrate their 60th Anniversary, the National Ballet of Canada recently unveiled The Tutu Project exhibit to a small group of artists, designers and media.   It was an honour to see the tutu I helped create among 60 other exquisite works of art displayed at the Four Season’s Centre for the Performing Arts which is a gorgeous facility and home to the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company.  All of the tutus will be there until July 11th when they’ll be moved to the Toronto Design Exchange for the summer.  The DX is free of charge and open to the public Monday – Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday – Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Melanie Dowhaniuk approached me about the Crane Tutu.  Her campaign was focused on engaging the female business community.   The theme of strong women ties in nicely to the inspiration behind TPC, my mother.  Haydee Flor was also a lover of the arts and made sure I was exposed to beautiful things like the ballet.

This project was a family affair with incredible contributions from Ruby-Dee Flor and Christina Dowhaniuk, my aunts but better described as my 2nd and 3rd moms; And Vik Tuli, orthopaedic surgeon a.k.a. “the toolman”.   Ruby-Dee used creativity, ingenuity and infinite patience in mounting most of the cranes and Vik used his highly skilled hands to put together the tiny origami crane pearl necklace.

It is a wonderful feeling being part of something like this.  Just knowing it’s on display with all of the other magnificent tutus makes me so proud of us.  Thank you!!!

More pictures posted on Tiny Paper Crane’s Facebook Album.

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