Hi! I’m Karen LeBlanc, and I’m a fibre artist and weaver focusing on traditional, functional and practical forms of weaving; innovative, contemporary tapestry pieces; and, repurposing tartan and tweed garments into hand-stitched pieces.
I have exhibited internationally, nationally, regionally and locally and participated in residencies in Fredericton and Toronto. In 2019, four of my woven wearables were part of the ArtWear fashion show and exhibition in Fort Collins CO. I have also exhibited in fibre art and weaving exhibitions in Reno NV, Milwaukee WI, Muskegon MI, New York NY, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, and many other galleries. I am a member of the several professional organizations: American Tapestry Alliance, Complex Weavers, Handweavers Guild of America, CraftNB, Guild of Canadian Weavers, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, CraftNS, and many more. I am the Past President of the Fibre Arts Network and the Treasurer of the NB Crafts Foundation. Prior to retiring from my full-time job in 2019, I worked for many non-profit organizations during my professional career including my last position at the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) as the Senior Project Manager where I managed workforce and economic development projects for Indigenous people in New Brunswick.