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


Lesley Turner, a fiber artist in British Columbia, Canada, explores the human-nature relationship, aiming to raise environmental awareness. She holds a first-class honors Embroidered Textiles degree from Middlesex University (2012) and a Certificate in Visual Design from Calgary University (2007). Lesley also holds City and Guilds of London certificates in Embroidery and Design.

Having exhibited worldwide, Lesley co-founded the Articulation Textile Group 23 years ago. Notable exhibitions include The Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea and the World of Threads Festival in Ontario.

Lesley’s commitment extends to education, having taught Fine Arts Textiles at Victoria College of Art. Now an independent teacher, she’s the British Colombia and Yukon regional representative for the Surface Design Association, supporting fellow artists.

Her current work emphasizes humanity’s link to nature, using domestic linens like bedsheets, blankets, and table linens. Lesley encourages mindfulness and responsibility for our environment, driving positive change.

Working on a large scale, Lesley blends natural fibers with machine and hand stitching, creating installations that highlight our place in the ecosystem. Her art weaves threads of consciousness and environmental stewardship, inspiring change and appreciation for our natural world.

Check out Lesley’s CV below