Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Lesley Buxton has been felt :: feutre canada's Media Director since 2016. Fibre and writing are her two passions. For five years she was a member of the team at Wabi-Sabi, Ottawa’s premier fibre store. It was here she first began writing about fibre on the store’s blog. While working at Wabi-Sabi she took workshops in knitting, dyeing, needle-felting, weaving and felting with many talented fibre artists including Fiona Duthie.
The photos accompanying this piece were taken in 2017 when Lesley joined Fiona Duthie in the Shetland Islands and agreed to take part in a photo shoot. Lesley recalls that, “it was freezing because I had bare feet, but I had a great time climbing all over the place. The wings were fun. I felt like some kind of strange kind of Celtic fairy.” She loved collaborating with Fiona on the photos.
Lesley’s writing for felt :: feutre canada has been published in Felt magazine, Felt Matters and Flitzfun. Her personal journalism has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, This Magazine and Hazlitt. She lives in Penticton B.C. with her husband and an outrageous collection of fibre. Recently we had the opportunity to chat with her.
Why felt :: feutre canada, and what are you looking forward to sharing with other felters?
One of the perks of my job is getting to learn about new felt artists. I’m constantly surprised by the diversity of the craft. This year I’m looking forward to introducing our members to each other. There’s a great deal of talent in our community and I want to bring that talent together through our blog. Also I’m looking forward to introducing our members to the international community through articles like the upcoming piece about the Shrine exhibition in Felt magazine.
What are your looking forward to creating in 2019?
My memoir One Strong Girl was published in December so I’m really excited about getting time to knit. Since my trip to Shetland I’ve become obsessed with the designer Kate Davis and colour work. At the moment I’m working on a piece called Paper Dolls.