My writing, research, and lectures span design, craft, art, culture, cities, community, and storytelling – I enjoy looking for the intersections between the handmade and fabricated, and the intentional and the accidental.
I’m the author of three books, Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles; Yarn 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.
In 2014, I took part in an epic nine-city book tour with fellow authors Betsy Greer and Kim Werker, where we hosted panel discussions at Powell’s Books in Portland during PDX Design Week, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
A certified graphic designer, I currently serve my design community as Copywriting Chair for the Lower Mainland Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC BC) and you will often find me on twitter reporting about west coast design-related events.
I hold a Master in Publishing from Simon Fraser University and a BFA with a double-major in Creative Writing & Art History from The University of British Columbia. I’m also an alumni of the D.Crit (design criticism, writing & research) Summer Intensive at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
A longtime resident of Vancouver, I currently work as the communications coordinator at the SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, a unique public culture and community engagement program of Simon Fraser University where I work with many of Vancouver’s performing artists, curators, cultural producers, placemakers, innovators, and academics.
(Legal caveat: all opinions on this site are my own, and not those of my employer).
I was born and raised in the picturesque Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, a place very conducive to writing and reading.
Honors and Awards
Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles was named one of 14 must-have books for 2014 by the Surface Designers Association.
BC Arts Council Recipient, 2013 – project support of creative writing and research for Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles
Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery was listed by Library Journal in Best Books 2011: Fibre Craft
Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti was named Best Vancouver Craft Book, Georgia Straight Best of the City Issue 2009
My work has been featured in a variety of publications, including:
|The New York Times
The New Yorker
The Guardian UK
Fibre Arts Now
The Vancouver Sun
The National Post
School Library Journal
The Hartford Examiner
The Georgia Straight
Irish Public Radio
The Today Show