She is the author of four books, the forthcoming The Creative Instigator’s Handbook: A DIY Guide to Making Social Change Through Art (2022), Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (2014), Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (2009 & 2019) co-authored with Mandy Moore; and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery (2011), all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. She has also written for a variety of publications on craft and design including Digits and Threads, Designer, Desktop, Works that Work, Applied Arts, CV Collective Magazine, Seamwork, and the anthology Craftivism.
Leanne’s creative projects and books have been featured in major publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue Knitting, the BBC, Irish Public Radio, W magazine, the Guardian UK, The National, and the Globe and Mail. She’s delivered lectures, panel discussions and workshops across North America in places such as The Smithsonian, Powell’s Books, the San Francisco Craft Museum, Textile Arts in Brooklyn, Type Books, McNally Robinson, and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
When she’s not writing, Leanne serves as the co-artistic director of The Imprint, a literary collective that she founded with poet Laura Farina to explore participatory acts of writing in public spaces.
She holds a BFA in creative writing and art history from UBC; a diploma in publishing from Langara College; and a Master’s degree in publishing (MPub) from SFU. As a Certified Graphic Designer and creative professional, Leanne is also a Past-President of the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (2018-20), and you will often find her organizing events that highlight design and creativity in our communities.
Born in the Comox Valley, she currently lives in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.