Recent Article in Spirituality & Health Magazine

"Creating Buddhas" was featured in the March/April issue of Spirituality & Health Magazine. The article is titled "Tibetan Meditation with Needle & Thread". Click here for more info

Jan/Feb 2010 FiberArts Magazine

"...a memorable DVD"


FiberArts Magazine Review  FIberArts Magazine

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"Creating Buddhas" was a moving account of one woman's journey toward enlightenment. The story moves seamlessly from inspiring scenes of the East to the meditative stitching of a thangka."
Lisa Davis, Ph.D., Retired College Professor, Pasadena, CA


"Exquisite! This film beautifully captures the essence of the life and work of an extraordinary woman blessed with the talent to preserve and pass on an extraordinary tradition. An eloquent and visually sumptuous meditation on what it means to create sacred art."
Reverend Heidi Singh, Pasadena, CA

"Watching 'Creating Buddhas' is a dharma journey into the Divine Feminine--one of beauty, creativity, spaciousness, hope, and inspiration. My heart felt both full and open from seeing the gorgeous images and thangkas. Observing Leslie's creative process and listening to the wisdom of the speakers and energy of the songs and chanting--what an uplifting experience!"
Marian Farrior, Earth Partnership Field Manager, UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison, WI

foot assemblage

"Detail, devotion, and delight are words to describe Creating Buddhas. Not only is the journey of this ancient art form seen through Leslie's passion and skill in creating the fabric thangka, it is made beautifully visible by its filmmaker in capturing the pieces of both story and image."
Susan Eaton Mendenhall, Owner, Spatial Impact, DeForest, WI

"The richness and authenticity of culture, spirituality, and 'artist within' is held with a creative tension throughout the film. Isadora Gabriell Leidenfrost, from the perspective of the Millennial Generation, has wonderfully discerned a powerful connection between a current day artist and ancient practice. One feels intently a deepening in the meaning of living a committed life to something larger than self."
Don Mendenhall, Photographer, DeForest, WI

"I was so very pleased to have seen Creating Buddhas. Not only was it the best piece of work I have seen from Isadora, it serves a very important cultural function in documenting a rare and fleeting practice. I cannot wait to see more. You have a tremendous gift and I want to thank you for sharing your film with me."
Stefan Odsene
Art History Ph.D. Student UW-Madison, Madison, WI





"Every once in a great while, you stumble upon something that makes your heart smile. Very rarely is that reason because of a documentary. “Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas” is an unexpected film that will leave you with a sense of peace and happiness....This film is definitely worth a look. It is a cultural experience that will open your mind to other parts of the world, and other lifestyle choices within our own country. Take a moment, sit down, and enjoy something different." (read more)


"Creative spirituality framed in film"

Badger Herald, Madison, WI


Woman's Collaborative Circle


"Whole Cloth, Holy Cloth"


Tompkins Weekly (Go to past issues 06/01/09 page 8)


Endangered Tibetan art form blossoms in Italy


Wisconsin State Journal


Madison Sewing Guild article


Tibetan Studies Resources Blog


Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

Fall Newsletter



Design 2009

Design 2009 "Honorable Mention"


Giant thangka in procession