"In 2013 Leanne Shea Rhem returned to Toronto from a whirlwind tour around the world learning traditional textile techniques and studying various forms of art. This is when Leanne founded Gold & Ginger and began developing patterns and surface designs for accessories, fashion and stationery. These designs were inspired by an ongoing collaborative watercolour and pen and ink illustration series with her partner, Zac Kenny. Coming from a textiles background Leanne has been sewing, designing and drawing for as long as she can remember. She now serves as owner, creative director and maker at Gold & Ginger. Her product line is a labour of love combining her interests in animals, colour, pattern and urban environments. Leanne has a commitment to bring well made, thoughtfully designed, quality items to the market place and practices a collaborative approach to design where she enlists the help of artist Zac Kenny.
Everything is designed and sewn by hand in Picton, Prince Edward County where the couple now lives."
How did you get into your art/craft?
Ever since I was a little kid I played dress up and was creating things out of fabric and paper, I just never stopped.
What do you like to listen to while you’re working?
I love music but I love movies more, I find that while I’m working if I have a favourite movie on - it’s a way for me to gauge how long a certain part of my process has taken and if I’m on track for a productive studio day. BBC nature shows and Disney movies are favourites of mine.
Outside of your medium, what other types of art/design/etc are you inspired by?
My husband and collaborator Zac Kenny is and abstract oil painter, a medium and style I never really appreciated until I saw his work. The colours he uses are vibrant and inspiring, he has this magical way of telling a story and conveying emotion with strokes of colour that I’m sure I’ll never truly understand.
If you couldn’t be an artist/craftsperson, what would you love to be?
An heiress that got to travel to work and look at art in the museums and galleries of the world. That or a mermaid.. I’m not sure haha.