Lesli Robertson is an interdisciplinary artist and Principal Lecturer of Fibers at the University of North Texas. Her studio and research focus is community based practices, engaging with international collaborators on projects linked to identity, making, and value. She has launched several interdisciplinary projects focused on Ugandan bark cloth, Sadu weavings of Kuwait, as well as other sustainable practices in the arts, through national and international partnerships. Her most recent project, The Mother Load, is a collaborative work that engages with a global group of artists on the topic of motherhood and art (www.themotherload.org).
Robertson has received grants from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Surface Design Association, the Textile Society of America, among others in support of her artwork and research. She was the inaugural Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections and Faculty Fellow with the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts; both of which supported community based partmerships and art practice. From 2015-2016, she was selected as a Fulbright Specialist to Kuwait. She currently sits on the Executive Board of the Textile Society of America.
Her work with mixed media sculptural textiles is regularly exhibited nationally and internationally and her writings can be found in leading textile journals including the Surface Design Journal and Fiberarts Magazine.