Silvie Kilgallon’s Stitched Illiad

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by Leanne on September 7, 2014 · 1 comment

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Now THIS is a feat. Classics student and artist Silvie Kilgallon is attempting to stitch all twenty-four books of Homer’s Illiad. She’s chronicling her daily process here: Silvie has published a wonderful artist statement about her work, including this statement on how a great classic work can translate to the act of stitching: “Here, I attempt […]

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Yesterday I finally got a chance to check out Our Social Fabric.  A non-profit organization based in Vancouver, Our Social Fabric takes donations of any fabric that can be repurposed through crafting and sewing. This fabric is then sold at bi-weekly sales at extremely reasonable prices. The 2-meter bundles pictures in this post (the blue one is silk!) […]


On Starting Small: Six Word Short Stories

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by Leanne on August 5, 2014 · 0 comments

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The city that I live in has a mild climate – we live in a rainforest. Each summer we get a couple of weeks of rain that washes down the city, returning it to cleanliness and coolness. I expect this.  As a pale skinned, sweater-loving person, I long for it. This year however, our summer […]


I’m thrilled to announce the details of my fall book tour with fellow authors Betsy Greer and Kim Werker. Our brilliant publishers Arsenal Pulp Press & Sasquatch Books have partnered to send us on an incredible fall tour where we’ll visit 12 venues in eight different cities across the US & Canada. We’ll be participating in […]

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Tell me about your art. I love knitting, I love being creative with yarn. I knit with yarn that is donated to me and I cover various objects with fiber. Objects that I use are recycled and saved from the landfill. It all started with a mishap of my daughter’s bike. Thinking that bike was […]

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Strange Material has a cover!

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by Leanne on May 31, 2014 · 6 comments

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A month ago, I debuted a cover design for my forthcoming book Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles on my Facebook page. Here’s what it looked like: My publisher, the book designer, and I thought we were ready to go (they even put up an Amazon sales page with cover #1) but then feedback came in […]

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Jealousy, Curation, and Fear

The Jealous Curator

by Leanne on May 15, 2014

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Tonight I had the pleasure of going to see a talk by Danielle Krysa, aka the Jealous Curator, who has recently published a book for blocked creatives, aptly titled The Creative Block. I’ve never met Danielle, but I’ve enjoyed her blog throughout the years. I even included it as a recommended creative resource in my […]

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Image from The Active Fiction Project The Active Fiction Project brings active narratives into city streets. Very short stories are written by local authors about specific city streets so that the public can experience their narratives on the very city blocks where the stories take place. Begun by a group of local residents living in the Riley Park […]

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Image Credits: Creative Commons Mykl Rovertine I’m one of those people. I live and work in the bubble of an urban centre. It is beautiful – Vancouver proper is a city that’s mostly cement and glass punctuated by tree-lined streets and little boutiques. Our signage is, for the most part, very simple. Sometimes it is […]

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Last Spring, amid working of drafts of my upcoming book  Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles, I managed to squeeze in a few other writing projects, including a personal essay on embroidery and community called Stitching It Together for Betsy Greer‘s new anthology Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism. Without giving away too much, the […]

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