“I think the most effective change is to be inspired about things that you have a knowing of,” said Prain in an interview with Stir. “We all have our own personal backgrounds. We all have issues that are our own personal burning issues – I think that’s where it’s probably most authentic.”
Leanne Prain’s newest book, The Creative Instigator’s Handbook: a DIY Guide to Making Social Change through Art, presents a guide to making impactful, socially engaged art projects. The Vancouver Sun describes the book as “a colourful guide that highlights people already using art of activism while laying out steps for readers to begin their own journey toward social change.”
In addition to The Creative Instigator’s Handbook, Leanne is that author of three other books: Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (2014), Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (2009 & 2019) co-authored with Mandy Moor, and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery (2011), all published by Arsenal Pulp Press.
She has been called a Shameless Woman by Shameless magazine, and a Lingo Maker of the Year by Mclean’s magazine. Her creative projects and books have been featured in major publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue Knitting, the BBC, the CBC, and the Globe and Mail.
Born in the Comox Valley, Leanne now lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Leanne is sponsored by Author Patron, Jo-Anne Lachapelle-Beyak.