About

Leanne Prain headshotLeanne Prain helps communities and people connect through creative ideas.

She is the author of three books, 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 (2014), all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. She has also written for a variety of  publications including Designer, Desktop, Works that Work, Applied Arts, CV Collective Magazine, Seamwork, and the anthology Craftivism.

Leanne and her books have been featured in major publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue Knitting, the BBC, Irish Public Radio, 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 Winnipeg, and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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. She also spends a lot of time at the public library.

When she’s not writing, Leanne serves at the BC Chapter President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and 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.

Born in the Comox Valley, she currently lives in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.