Crafty since childhood, Leanne learned to sew at an early age. She has a passion for handmade work of all sorts, but in particular: stitch-work, silk-screening, knitting, and textile design.
Introduced to the subversive DIY movement in the early 1990's, the political and cultural aspects of modern handicrafts have turned into a downright obsession for Leanne. Her writing spans craft, culture, design, and storytelling - and she enjoys looking for the intersections between the handmade and fabricated, and the intentional and the accidental.
Leanne is the author of three books: Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (co-authored with Mandy Moore); Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery; and Strange Material: Story-telling Through Textiles, all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. Her writing and design work has been featured in design magazines and anthologies throughout Canada, the US, and Australia.
She lives and writes in Vancouver, Canada.