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Monique Dufour , 1962

  Computer graphics designer

Biographical Sketch:

Monique Dufour, computer graphics designer, was born on September 21, 1962, in Québec. Between 1984 and 1987, she studied at Université Laval and graduated with a Degree in art and graphic communications. To further her studies she enrolled at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, and received a certificate in computer graphics. Between 1988 and 1992, she apprenticed with Cossette Communication-Marketing, which is the advertising-arm of the firm Cossette Communications Group Inc. And in 1990, she was in Cologne, Germany, for a year, studying graphic art. Dufour works in close cooperation with Sophie Lafortune, who operates Klaxon, an advertising design firm in Québec. Together they have designed advertising and information communications material for both private companies and government departments. Within this framework, they collaborated on several postage stamps for Canada Post Corporation. On July 16, 2002, they won first prize for fine arts at the International Philatelic Festival in Italy for the eight-stamp series entitled Traditional Trades. Each stamp features the hands of a craftsperson (a bookbinder, a decorative ironworker, a glassblower, a weaver, a quilter, a leather worker, an oyster farmer, and an artistic woodworker) coupled with the raw material of each trade. These stamps were issued in 1999.


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