I was born Leslie Wilson in Denver, Colorado in the USA in 1957 to artist parents, Farrar Wilson and Joanne Ike Wilson. By the time I was 4 years old our family lived in the US, Norway and Mexico. My younger sister and I were then raised mainly in California, seeing the 60's and 70's there before I emigrated to London in 1981. 

I was influenced by my father, an abstract expressionistic painter, and the applied arts and crafts approach of my mother. I have multifarious interests and passions from philosophy and science, to Barbies and Pop Art.



 


I have created art and crafts since I was a child: drawing, painting, papier mache, macrame, crochet, embroidery, batik, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, sewing, and quiltmaking. My adult professional life saw me take to the trade of a specialist seamstress for fashion designers inc: English Eccentrics, Ben de Lisi, Hussein Chalayan and final year students. My own further education includes an AA Degree in Fine Art and a BA Degree in Interior Design/Architecture. 

I have two children aged 27 and 9, continue to make artist books and bookworks. My initial foray into the public realm was making 100 bookmarks for a University of West England. I launched myself 'proper' in Nov 06 at the London Artist's Book Fair, at the ICA, London, and have since participated in dozens of fairs, exhibitions and projects. My work also now includes handmade crafts and trading vintage collectibles. I often bring everything together to make up my 'micro boutique'.