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.”
Lesley Armstrong fell in love with weaving when she wove her first cloth in Halifax, Nova Scotia years ago. She is a graduate of NSCAD University and during her studies in Halifax she also visited Scotland and studied weaving production. She pursued further studies in hand and power weaving at the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Sciences and then received her MA in Art Education at the Philadelphia College of Art. 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. She recently completed a large functional textile installation commissioned for the new Telus building in downtown Toronto.
Since graduating in Textiles and Art History from NSCAD University (1992), Anke Fox has actively pursued her career in textiles as an artist, designer and educator, and tried to achieve a balance in her work between practical applications and provocative themes. She has exhibited her textiles widely in North America, Europe and Asia, won several awards and received numerous grants to pursue her craft. From 2004-2009 Anke co-owned 'Armstrong Fox Textiles', a successful textile design and manufacturing company specializing in innovative fashion accessories and products for the home furnishings market and contract interiors. In 2006 the company won the national Textile Design Competition for the Hespeler Public Library Expansion Project in Cambridge, Ontario. In January 2009 Ms. Fox joined the ArchiTextiles Lab research team at the Centre for Cultural Technology & Innovation in Halifax.