Speaking & Workshops

Leanne Speaking at Hot Art Wet City

Public Speaking, Community Workshops & Special Projects

I have been a guest speaker, workshop leader, and panelist at schools, museums, art galleries, conferences, and craft guilds.

Speaking Topics:

  • subversive craft and thinking creatively with textiles
  • storytelling, textiles, and street art
  • yarn bombing and knit graffiti
  • the process of writing craft books
  • how textile artists can craft their own stories about their work
  • the publishing process from an author’s perspective
  • the role of handmade within the discipline of communication design
  • how my books can be used by librarians, community groups, and educators

Contact me to inquire about fees and availability.

Photo credit: Chris Bensen, Hot Art Wet City

Previous Speaking Engagements (selected) 

Guest Speaker & Visiting Author

School House Craft, Seattle WA / Interesting Vancouver 2010, Vancouver BC / Radical Reading Series, Canzine Vancouver BC / W2 Real Vancouver Writers Series, Vancouver BC / Hot Talks, Hot Art, Wet City, Vancouver BC / Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto ON / Brooklyn Craft Company, Brooklyn NY / Type Books, Toronto ON / Textile Arts, Brooklyn, NY / McNally Robinson, Winnipeg MA / In Other Words, Portland OR / Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC / Courtenay Public Library, Courtenay BC / Gibsons Public Library, Gibsons BC / Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver BC / Lulu Series: Art in the City, Richmond City Hall, Richmond BC / Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver BC / Joy Kogawa House, Vancouver BC / One of A Kind Show, Vancouver BC / Highlights, University College Design Association Design Conference, Victoria BC / Word On the Street, Vancouver BC / Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco CA / Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts AGM, Vancouver BC / Abbotsford Art Gallery, Abbotsford BC

Classroom Lectures

Maple Ridge Senior Secondary School, Maple Ridge BC / Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver BC / SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Vancouver BC / Publishing at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC / Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, BC / Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, teen book club, Vancouver BC

Participating Panelist

Smithsonian American Art Museum. Hosted by Renwick Gallery Curator Nora Atkinson, Washington DC / University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Hosted by Garth Johnson / The Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC / Institute of Contemporary Art, Art Lab, Boston MA. Hosted by Meighan O’Toole / Portland Design Week, Powell’s City of Books, Portland Oregon. Hosted by Kate Bingaman-Burt / Booksmith, San Francisco CA. Hosted by Rena Tom / Diesel Bookstore, Oakland. Hosted by Lisa Congdon / Creative Arts Centre, Seattle WA. Hosted by Marlo Miyashiro


Got Craft, Vancouver BC / School House Craft, Seattle WA / The Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey BC / Makeshift Society, Brooklyn, NY / Makeshift Society, San Francisco CA / Makers Nation, Portland Design Week, Portland OR / Bird on A Wire, Vancouver BC / DIY or Die, Vancouver BC / MakerFaire Vancouver, Vancouver BC / West Vancouver Public Library, West Vancouver BC

Event Host

Fictionistas Author Tour, 2013 Vancouver BC

City Conversations, SFU Public Square Vancouver BC

Online Talks

FanFare Web Cast with FiberArts Magazine

State Library of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia








2 thoughts on “Speaking & Workshops

  1. Hello Leanne,

    I am Shilpa Rangnekar, a conceptual artist from India. I have recently finished a 3-month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, and it was there that I came across your book- Strange Material: Storytelling through Textiles.
    Let me congratulate you on this amazing piece of writing. I really liked the idea of the merging of art and craft, for I deal with that often in my art practice. I am particularly interested in observations of everyday life and associated behaviors which either comes out in the form of utilitarian Art, food performances or very expressive and engaging community oriented projects. You can have a look at my works on my website.
    I have signed your newsletter and would love to know more about your projects.
    Best Regards,

    1. Hi Shilpa, thank you so much for your kind comments! How wonderful that an artist visiting from India would find my book in Omaha! I’m glad that it resonated with you – combining ideas and skills of art and craft with both art practise and everyday life has become a passion of mine.

      I just visited your website and your projects are remarkable! I’d love to follow up with you on them. I will send you an email.

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