conceptual design through production in both residential and commercial sectors. Her expertise in
woven fabrics includes engineering, manufacturing and testing. Clients included Steelcase, Calvin
Klein, Calvert Group and Pottery Barn, as well as Levi Strauss. In 1997 Leslie founded
TANGLEBLUE a product design and development consultancy in San Francisco.
Leslie trained as a weaver, having been introduced to textiles as an art medium. A perpetual
student, she studied natural dye under the Goblein Master dyer Jean Dufour and workshopped
with notable fiber artists and designers such as Jack Lenor Larsen and Louise Lemieux Berube.
She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art under Gerhardt Knodel, and was a Peace
Corp Volunteer in El Salvador, Central America working with the textile cottage industry. Her studio
is in San Francisco on Hunters Point Shipyard, where she shows annually during Open Studios.
Currently she is developing product for specialty shops and continues work with mills and on her
loom. Her designs and consultancy projects include Jacquard woven fabric and tapestry. She is a
trainer for Pointcarré software, a premiere textile design and engineering software, one of their