About Lesley

Lesley sits crossed legged in her contemplation corner of her studio stitching. A beautiful forest can be seen outside the window with sun shining in.
Artist Statement
As an artist, each of my artwork series begins with thorough research on an issue or concept. I explore, read, touch, draw, and take photographs, accumulating research materials and ideas that go into my workbook.

As I wait for an epiphany, usually in the middle of the night or when alone, all the ideas percolate, and the work appears in my mind’s eye as a whole or a deep feeling. I then assemble all the necessary elements to bring my vision to life, including deciding on a meaningful color scheme, thread and fabric selection, technique sampling, and sketching.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and making my pieces accessible while raising collective awareness and sparking conversations that encourage change. My work is sincere and profound, visually expressing crucial issues that resonate with a broad audience

Biography

Lesley Turner is a fiber artist living in British Columbia, Canada, whose artwork delves into the intricate relationship between humans and the natural environment. With a passion for raising awareness about the pressing need to preserve our outside world, Lesley’s work transcends boundaries and engages viewers on a profound level.

Lesley’s artistic journey began with a strong academic foundation, as she obtained a first-class honors Embroidered Textiles degree from Middlesex University in London in 2012. Prior to that, she honed her skills and creativity by earning a Certificate in Visual Design from Calgary University in Alberta in 2007. Lesley’s commitment to her craft is further exemplified by her City and Guilds of London certificates in Embroidery and Design.

Having exhibited her artwork across Canada, the United States, Germany, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, Lesley has had an influence on the global art scene. Notably, she is a co-founder of the Articulation Textile Group, which was established 23 years ago. Lesley has participated in prestigious exhibitions such as The Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea and the World of Threads Festival in Ontario.

Lesley’s dedication to promoting the field of textile art extends beyond her own creative endeavors. For three years, she was the head of Fine Arts Textiles at the Victoria College of Art, where she nurtured and inspired her students.

Today, Lesley imparts her knowledge and expertise as an independent teacher, empowering others to explore their artistic potential. Recognized for her contributions and expertise in the field, Lesley is the British Colombia and Yukon regional representative for the Surface Design Association. In this role, she actively supports and advocates for other artists in her community.

Lesley’s current body of work focuses on the profound connection between humanity and the natural world. Drawing upon her background in textiles, she utilizes familiar domestic linens such as worn bedsheets, blankets, and table linens, creating a tangible link between the artwork and the viewer.

Through her art, Lesley seeks to raise awareness about the urgency of treating our external environment with the same care and attention we give our interior homes. By encouraging mindfulness and responsibility, she believes that awareness can drive positive change.

In her artistic process, Lesley often works on a large scale, crafting installations that emphasize the viewer’s place within the broader ecosystem. She seamlessly blends natural fibers, stained by biological processes and earth pigments, with machine and hand stitching, imbuing her creations with depth and narrative.

Lesley invites audiences to embark on a transformative journey that explores the intricate tapestry of our interconnected existence. Lesley Turner’s art speaks volumes, weaving together threads of consciousness and environmental stewardship. Through her thought-provoking creations, she strives to inspire change and foster a deeper appreciation for the natural world we inhabit.