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Leanne Prain

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The author and graphic designer Leanne Prain discusses her new book, Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014), craftivism and more, with Joseph Planta.

Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles by Leanne Prain (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Strange Material

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

A crafty well to tell one’s story, or perhaps engage in some political pontification in a unique and equally subversive way is through textiles. The new book from Leanne Prain is a wonderfully colourful, fascinating and expressive way some artists have taken to creating art. Entitled Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles we meet artists from around the world who are using needles, ink and cloth to weave their own pieces of art. Ms. Prain joins me now, and I’ll get her to tell us about this book, the people she profiles in it, and the sort of craftiness that she practices. Leanne Prain is a graduate of both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She is a member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and the Writers Union of Canada. Her previous books include Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, which was co-authored with Mandy Moore. www.leanneprain.com is the website for more. The book is published by Arsenal Pulp Press. Leanne Prain will be participating in the Radical Reading Series as part of Canzine Vancouver, Saturday, 08 November 2014. That’s at 5.00pm at SFU Vancouver. Visit www.brokenpencil.com/canzine-vancouver for more information. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Leanne Prain; Ms. Prain, good morning.