Lesley Armstrong fell in love with weaving when she wove her first cloth in Halifax, Nova Scotia years ago. Lesley graduated from the NSCAD University in Halifax and during this time studied weaving production methods in Scotland, visiting and studying with weavers throughout Scotland and its’ Western Isles. Lesley then pursued further studies in hand and power weaving at the then Philadelphia College of Textiles & Sciences and continued her stay in Philadelphia, receiving her MA in Art Education at the then Philadelphia College of Art, studying with fibre artist, Warren Seelig. Lesley returned to Nova Scotia and worked on private and public textile commissions, ran a weaving business, and has been an adjunct faculty member in the Textile Department at NSCAD University since 1983.
In 2004 Lesley Armstrong and Anke Fox, long-time friends and colleagues, formed Armstrong Fox Textiles to pursue the creation of innovative woven fashion accessories and interior furnishings. In 2009 Lesley continued the company as sole owner and has most recently completed a drapery commission for the Hosting Center in the new Telus Tower in downtown Toronto. Her passion for weaving is sustained by “endless delight in the physical nature of this medium—one is building cloth from humble strands of yarn and the element of surprise is always present.”