At a young age, my mother (a dressmaker) taught me how to sew, and I spent my time creating clothing from her many scraps. I enjoyed making one off pieces that were different and unusual. My dream was to be a costume maker!.... but I became a bookkeeper instead, (not very creative!).
In recent years I have discovered a passion for spinning (a variety of fibres), felting, weaving and dyeing. I use a drum carder to blend fibres both protein and cellulose, and then use the spinning wheel to blend colours. These then become the basis of my felted pieces using silk fabric and fibre of many grades and weights, to get movement and texture into my pieces.
Currently I am exploring stitching into prefects and more dyeing and Shibori techniques, mainly on silk and wool.
I have continued experimenting with felted sculpture using a variety wool, alpaca, blended bamboo, ramie and found items, while trying to stay in the more neutral palette. My art practice involves experimental expression capturing movement colour and texture in my wearable dresses, shirts, scarves and the occasional coat (on commission).
I enjoy starting with an idea and creating something unique, practical and wearable and sometimes outrageous! Working with felt and dyeing, you never really know how it will turn out, .. it can be quite rewarding and surprising (there is lots of doubt sometimes).
I have been informally studying art history and practices since meeting my husband Wes Nash 32yrs ago, he is a great form of inspiration and I hope to work on a few collaborations with him soon.
Please come visit me in my new purpose built studio, (a place I don’t have to pack up, after years of working on the dinning table)!
Lee shares a studio with her husband Wes Nash.
8 Iona Place, Quindalup
Directions: From Busselton turn left at Commonage road roundabout, past Simmo's icecream, right into Biddle road, left into Balmoral Drive, 3rd left into Kinross loop, 1st left into Iona place