In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Leslie Mack Mumford, long time Cortes Island resident. Leslie was born in South Africa and came to Canada in 1974.

Leslie Mack Mumford

Maureen Bader
Leslie Mack Mumford on Art on the Island

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Leslie Mack Mumford, long time Cortes Island resident. Leslie was born in South Africa and came to Canada in 1974.

Leslie has been involved in making tinctures for about 24 years, but she started her small business venture, Cortes Creations, when she took it over from Rowan Nelson in 2013.

Listen as Leslie describes how she learned to make salves in the first ever commune in California. Leslie is mostly self-taught, and she talks about how she did that during the show.

Leslie also talks about the challenges of running a small business, sourcing materials and her switch from plastic to glass containers, which ties into her latest project, 10,000 Whales.

Leslie talks about her suppliers and how she grows much of her medicinal herbs in her own garden on Cortes Island. She also talks about how her production has developed over time and how she responds to the market.

Leslie sells her products at the Cortes Craft Market, the Co-op, at Hollyhock during the season, and the Gorge Market. She also participated in the winter markets here on the island and has a steady stream of products heading off the island by mail.

The 10,000 Whales project is Leslie’s latest endeavour. Listen as she describes how she found a way to collect voluntary contributions to fund her ocean cleanup priority. You can contact Leslie at cortescreations@hotmail.com if you’d like to help.

Leslie advises listeners to find something they love to do.