Leanne PrainMy writing, research, and lectures span design, craft, art, culture, cities, community, and storytelling. I enjoy looking for the connections between the handmade and the fabricated, the intentional and the accidental.

I’m the author of three books, Strange Material: Storytelling Through TextilesYarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (co-authored with Mandy Moore) and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. I’ve also contributed to a variety of culture magazines including Designer, Desktop, Works that Work, Seamwork, and the anthology Craftivism.

I hope that my books will inspire creativity, create change, and make you want to DO something.

Other things about me:

I live in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

I hold a BFA with a double-major of creative writing and art history from the University of British Columbia, a diploma in magazine publishing from Langara College, and a Master’s degree in the business of publishing (MPub) from Simon Fraser University. I’m also a Certified Graphic Designer (CGD) with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and my interest in design journalism led me to the D.Crit Intensive (Design Research & Criticism) at New York’s School for Visual Art.

I’m a writer with a day job. My career path has included graphic design, arts and culture promotion, marketing,  communications, creative direction and brand management.

While I fantasize about having a writing office with French windows overlooking the ocean, most of the time I write where I happen to be – often on public transit or in my living room. A large portion of my latest book Strange Material was written at a coffee shop during my lunch hours.

After many years of trying to publish my writing, my first book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (co-authored with Mandy Moore) came about through some unusual circumstances during my graduate studies. It was a school project that became lifelong homework (best homework ever!).

I love being an author. Being able to publish a book is a dream come true, and I feel so grateful to the readers and booksellers who have supported my work. Having spent my formative years at a public library (my mother worked there and sat me in the children’s book section while she worked), there’s nothing else that I’d rather do with my life.

My favourite place in the world to write is in the cubicles on BC Ferries, which I take to visit my family in my hometown of Comox, BC on Vancouver Island. Comox has been home to a lot of different writers, so much so that you can find myself, Alice Munro, and Pamela Anderson all listed in a single book.

I live with an elderly tabby cat named Pepper, who makes the occasional appearance in my writing. As I’ve hosted writers groups in my various living rooms over the past two decades, she’s also made it into the works of other authors. Most recently, Pepper made an appearance in a poetry book and a YA thriller. My publicist once referred to her as “the feline face of Canlit”, but, as far as I can tell, the cat is still unaware of her notoriety.