I’m Leslie Cumming, I’m a maker, designer, and marketing professional on a life reset journey to becoming a graduate student September of 2019 pursuing my love of heritage, textiles, manufacturing and knitwear.
My life journey (to date) has been made up of equal parts joy, love, success and implosions.
The last decade I’ve begun to combine my love of technology, fashion and apparel into a consulting business while also working to build a life centered on weaving the threads of my experience together for my next adventure and journey. To come from a place of joy, gratitude, integrity, love and courage.
My Story on learning to lead a creative life…
While living in Edinburgh in the early 2000s, I rekindled my love of knitting and sewing and began my journey back into the maker’s world.
By day a marketing and communications consulting director, I’ve also worked in a yarn shop, taught knitting, written for Yarn Market News, designed custom knitwear and consulted for independent creatives doing marketing, sales and product development. I was the U.S. Director of Marketing and Sales for Pear Tree Yarn, the U.S. Marketing Manager for Zealana and have worked for the iconic brand Pendleton as a knitwear, and cut and sew pattern developer in the women’s wear department.
I attended the knitwear program at the Academy of Arts San Francisco, completing coursework in design, color theory, fashion history and pattern drafting. I have also completed 7-years of coursework in the Nihon Vogue hand knitwear program. I live in Portland, Oregon, and love that I am close to the Indi makers community, fellow knitters and sewists, along with friends and family in the Pacific Northwest.