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Events, Speaking Engagements, Writing

Turn It Up and Disrupt

Find me at UBC’s International Women’s Day Festival

On March 9th, I’ll be returning to The University of British Columbia to speak about creativity and art and social change. Strangely enough, I’ll be one of the classrooms that I once inhabited as an art history student. Little did I know that one day I’d be back for Turn It Up and Disrupt.

My first talk in the morning will be talk with Q&A on social change and creativity. In the afternoon, Laura Farina and I stage a participatory writing session under our artistic collective called The Imprint. Come write with us!

Fundamental Rights Photo by Angelo Wagan on Unsplash

Workshop | Using Your Creativity for Social Change | Frederic Lasserre 105 (LASR) | 11:15-12:15pm

Author Leanne Prain (Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles) will give a talk about how artists, designers, and other creatives can use their work to activate social or political change.

What can we do as designers, artists, and makers to incite positive change in our communities? How do we make space for creativity, while also expanding our practice to include other voices? How do we know if our work has made impact? How can we scale our practice and share it with others? How can we change history by documenting and unearthing artistic practices? Why does collaboration make us stronger?

Art & Writing Workshop | Invite Her to the Table | Lasserre 105 (LASR) | Drop in from 1:30-4:00pm

Inspired by Judy Chicago’s 1979 visual artwork The Dinner Party, which invited accomplished women from history to fictional dinner party; Invite Her to the Table asks participants to invite women and femmes, to tell us who they value. Through participatory writing, we will invite women that we admire to attend a contemporary dinner party in 2019. We will write on the tablecloths, napkins and place settings – and bring others to the table.

This project is presented by The Imprint, a literary collective in Vancouver that engages citizens through participatory writing projects.  

To find out more about the Festival, and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Speaking Engagements

Booking Myself for 2015

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I’ve been offline the last couple of weeks as I’ve been tidying, and brainstorming, and sketching out some NEW (to be revealed next year) projects, which take a certain amount of quiet time alone to develop. Yesterday I finally cleaned up my linen closet, which sounds boring, but was actually a revelation for me. I received an advance notice of rent increase from my landlord last week, which reminded me that I’ve been in my current apartment for 10 months. It feels like I moved in about six weeks ago, so organizing the closet and getting rid of my last unpacked boxes really felt good. I’m looking forward to 2015 with less clutter and more time to make things without following a specific schedule.

Since making a dress from Sonya Philips’ 100 Acts of Sewing last month, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making clothing again. I really love the idea of a uniform of one flattering dress made in a bunch of different fabrics. I adore clothes, but as I got older and my life becomes busier, what I really enjoy is not having to think too much about what to wear. My closet purge has me thinking a lot about simplicity and having less but better choices (which is somewhat ironic, as while I’ve really whittled down my personal possessions in the last few years, I actually made my first Black Friday purchase ever this year – a serger, to help me sew clothing). I’m intending to start sewing on a regular basis this year. I’m pretty excited that Colette Patterns has introduced a new magazine called Seamwork, that focuses on projects that can be sewn in 2-3 hours. I’ve been a big fan of their work for some time, I’m looking forward to see what else they come up with for projects.

And in book life, I’ve agreed to participate in a couple of events in 2015, including a new art and textile conference called Pieces: Celebrating Textiles, which will take place in Courtenay, BC this coming March.

Pieces: Celebrating Textiles is an event that focuses on the creativity involved in hand work, new ways of using materials and Slow Fashion. Pieces offers a tapestry of lively discussions, demonstrations, fashion show offs and vendors, complemented by makers, musings, mending, food, and more. I’ll be speaking on storytelling & textiles on March 29th. To register and learn more, visit the Pieces: Celebrating Textiles website.

Artist Interviews, Speaking Engagements

Chat with me!

Let’s talk about fibre, textiles, gender, craftivism, design, art, high-brow vs low-brow, and story-telling of all sorts!

This Sunday, October 26th, I will be the guest artist/author at FibreArts Now online chat FANFARE! I hope you’ll joining editor Cami Smith and I for a lively discussion, and I will be answering questions live via the internets.  The chat will start at 12 pm noon PST / 3 pm EST.

 

FAN Fare is a free, online, interactive, web show devoted to inspiring and connecting the fiber arts community. Every month, FAN Fare will give viewers the opportunity to actively participate in the program and ask questions while watching the live show. The host, Cami Smith, has been involved with Fiber Art Now since it first started. She has been building the FAN community and connecting with artists and authors for three years.

If you attended a stop on my recent book tour and have a question you didn’t get to ask then, please jump in! If you didn’t live in any of the cities we visited, I hope that we’ll meet online Sunday. During my recent book tour, I left each conversation in each city with ton of ideas that I wanted to hash out further, so I’m really excited to do this with Cami this weekend.

REGISTER HERE

How to Participate

There are two ways you can enjoy FAN Fare: either by joining the live program or watching it later, at your convenience.

1. Attend the FAN Fare program. Watch live, and use the chat or question box to follow along with the conversation of the other viewers. You will be able to participate with questions or comments.
2. Watch the recorded episode. Check back here to see the archived episodes for topics of interest, and watch as many as you like. Archives will appear on the page.

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For those of you who are looking for a recap of our MASSIVE East Coast tour, I promise that I will sit down this Saturday and provide one epic update of photos and stories. Jet-lag and catch-up at home has gotten the better of me, and I want to do it when I feel refreshed (aka not running off to my day job).

 

Books, DIY, Events, Speaking Engagements, Workshop

Upcoming Event: A Day of Knitting

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This weekend I’ll be in West Vancouver  at the West Vancouver Memorial Library to talk about the origins of yarn bombing and teach eager yarn bombing newbies how to make ‘pom pom bombs’. It will be a fun couple hours of looking at different knit graffiti projects from around the world and sharing stories.

Here is the library’s official release – don’t miss events with Holli Yeoh or Knit Social! AND, the librarians have their own special literary ‘yarn storm’ planned for the building that day too.

West Vancouver Memorial Library to weave together an exciting celebration of fibre arts

Thursday, February 13, 2014, West Vancouver, B.C. – The walls and halls of West Vancouver Memorial Library are covered in fibre arts this month, inspired by the exhibition TEXTILES at the Library. The exhibition features the work of more than 20 Vancouver fibre artists, working in a variety of media and techniques, and showcases both the quality of work being done in the Lower Mainland and the infinite variety found in the fibre arts.

February 22 will be a day devoted to needles, yarn, backstitches and crotchets at West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Day of Knitting festivities. The celebration includes knitting workshops, authors, presentations, instruction, a knit-in, a Yarn Storm exhibition and much more.

The festivities kick-off at 10 a.m. with two exciting workshops. At Around and Around, attendees will learn how to create a one-of-a-kind coffee cozy from published Vancouver-based knitwear and designer Holli YeohThose interested in learning more about the growing trend in creating knit graffiti will love theYarn Bomb Primer and Pom-Pom Making Workshop hosted by author Leanne Prain, including a slideshow presentation exploring the global rise in knitting art for the public to enjoy.

From 1 – 2 p.m., knitters of all ages will gather in Welsh Hall for a Knit-In where they’ll work on their own projects or help produce “yarns bombs” to be placed in the Library.

Knit Social’s Cascadia includes a presentation from a new book devoted to knit-works inspired by our local landscape, and runs from 2:30 – 4 p.m. The authors have gathered from the region’s abundant design talent patterns for gorgeous sweaters, shawls, hats, socks and other fun-to-knit, beautiful-to-wear garments.

The fun continues the following week with Yarn Storm at the Library, an exhibition featuring knitted literary themed graffiti created by local crafters and Library staff, placed throughout the Library’s halls and stacks.

The TEXTILES exhibition is on display through March 11 with work from artists of the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild, The Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts, The North Shore Needle Arts Guild, The Surface Design Association, The Coast Character Doll Group and FibreEssence.

For more details, including registration and additional information on the presenters, visit westvanlibrary.ca/knitting.

Books, Events, Speaking Engagements

Fictionknitstas Tour – Vancouver Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, join me and a fabulous group of female authors at Vancouver’s People’s Co-Op Bookstore for a night of reading and knitting.

Authors Cathy Ace, Stella Harvey, Gillian Campbell and Nicole Dixon will read from their work:

Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan mystery series, which includes The Corpse with the Silver Tongue and The Corpse with the Golden Nose.

Stella Leventoyannis Harvey founded the Whistler Writers Group, also known as the Vicious Circle, which each year produces the Whistler Writers Festival under her direction. She will be reading from Nicolai’s Daughters which is  her first published novel.

Nicole Dixon has lived in Toronto, Sarnia, Windsor, North Bay and Halifax. Her work has been nominated for the Journey Prize and a CBC Literary Award and appeared in The New Quarterly, Grain, The Fiddlehead, and Canadian Notes and Queries. In 2005 she won the Writers’ Trust of Canada RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for short fiction. She will be reading from her novel High Watermark.

Gillian Campbell‘s short fiction has been published in Grain Magazine, Creekstones: Words & Images, The New Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review. She will be reading from The Apple House, her first novel.

There will also be some knitters in the audience who have crafted garments inspired by the books. I’ll be sure to call on them for a show and tell!

Tuesday March 28th at 7:30 PM at People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. To learn more, see the Fictionknitstas website.

One of a Kind Vancouver, Dec 8-11
Events, Speaking Engagements

One of a Kind Vancouver, Dec 8 – 11

One of a Kind Vancouver, Dec 8-11

I’ll be at One of a Kind Vancouver tomorrow giving a short talk on Subversive Craft. Find me on the main fashion stage between 2-2:30. Afterwards, I’ll be teaching Siobhan Long’s ‘Photo Feelism’ an embroidery craft from Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery which will have participants learning to stitch on photographs. Books, as always, will be available for sale and signing.

Can’t make it? Then make sure that you check out one of Kim Werker’s Mighty Ugly Workshops happening during the fair. They are a lot of fun.

The One of a Kind Show and Sale 2011

Returning for year four, shoppers at the Vancouver Convention Centre on December 8, 2011 will be inspired by exceptional gifts from 300 of North America’s finest creators, artists & designers.

December 8 to SUNDAY December 11, 2011
THURSDAY to SATURDAY 10:00 am to 9:00 pm / SUNDAY 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The New Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3


TICKETS:

Adults $12.00
Seniors (65+) $6.50
Students (13-17) $6.50
Children (12 and under) Free

Next up? I’m in picturesque Gibsons on December 17th. Free event at the public library! Check my events section for details.