Speaking & Workshops

Leanne Prain speaking at Hot Art Wet City
Speaking at Hot Art, Wet City Hot Talks, 2014. Photo: Chris Betnzen.

Hire Me to Speak

I have been a guest speaker, workshop leader, and panelist at schools, museums, art galleries, conferences, and craft guilds. I enjoy inspiring people to try new projects and look at craft, art and design in new and radical ways.

Speaking Topics:

  • art, design and activism
  • subversive craft and thinking creatively with textiles
  • storytelling and textiles
  • community making and large scale tactical art projects
  • 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
  • how my books can be used by librarians, community groups, and educators

Contact me to inquire about fees and availability.


Previous Speaking Engagements (selected) 

Guest Speaker & Visiting Author

UBC Bookstore, Vancouver BC /School House Craft, Seattle WA / Interesting Vancouver 2010, Vancouver BC / Radical Reading Series, Canzine 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 / Gabriola Isle of the Arts, Gabriola Island

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

Design, Craft and Activism Workshops

Gabriola Isle of the Arts, Gabriola Island / 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 / The Gastown Pop Up Shop, Vancouver BC

Events That I’ve Hosted

Fictionistas Author Tour, 2013 Vancouver BC

City Conversations, SFU Public Square Vancouver BC

Reading Series

Authors For Indies, Peoples Coop Books 2017

W2 Real Vancouver Writers Series, Vancouver BC 2010 Olympics Edition (in The Burning Building)

Event Webcasts

FanFare Web Cast with FiberArts Magazine

State Library of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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