Leafcutter Designs has been a bustling workshop since 2008, but Lea's been making things since she was itty-bitty.
When she was a kid, sometimes her parents would pull her out of school for the day and the whole family would play hooky at the art museum. Later on, she decided that anything can become art when thoughtfully considered. No museum needed – just curiosity.
Lea continued to be curious while attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where she studied philosophy, politics and environmental studies. Her honors senior thesis project was about the curious ways that artifacts and words catch our attention and invite us to have life-changing insights.
Before starting Leafcutter Designs, Lea curated an exhibit about the history of wool in the Pacific Northwest, spread the word about Fair Trade Certified coffee, taught a bookmaking and haiku class at The Edible Schoolyard, coordinated a creek restoration project at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and even assisted a scent alchemist for a spell. Lea believes that even the smallest, subtlest experience can change the world.