Leanne Prain headshot

Leanne Prain. (Nicol Lisckha Photography 2013).

Leanne Prain is 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.

Upon learning to knit in 2005, Leanne Prain co-founded a stitch and bitch called Knitting and Beer in order to expand her skills while knitting in a pub. While the group disbanded, she continues to be amazed at what can be created with two needles and a bit of yarn. In 2006, she was introduced to the knit graffiti (aka Yarn Bombing) movement via the internet, and the political and cultural aspects of modern handicrafts have turned into a downright obsession for her.

Crafty since childhood, Leanne learned to sew at an early age and has a passion for stitch work, silk-screening, fabric painting, knitting, and textile design. As a graphic designer and communicator, she has a particular interest in how handmade skills can flourish and be taught in the internet age. She enjoys interviewing crafters about their motivations and their techniques, and sharing examples of how makers are creating a more positive world, one stitch at a time. She has been blogging about crafts, design and popular culture in various incarnations since 2005, notably keeping the infamous knit graffiti blog yarnbombing.com from 2008-2012.

Leanne holds a BFA in Creative Writing and Art History from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University. She also an alumni of the D.Crit Summer Workshop at New York’s School for Visual Arts. Leanne is a member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) and The Writers Union of Canada.

Born and raised in the Comox Valley; Leanne writes and designs in Vancouver, Canada. She enjoys walking around cities, strong coffee, documentaries, hand-painted signage, blank notebooks, and thrifting vintage pyrex.

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