Debra M. Lee is known in the Washington, D.C.-area textile community as an artist, educator and organizer. After retiring from a 25-year career in IT management consulting, she turned her passion for knitting into a new vocation. She became a nationally certified knitting teacher, teaching beginner through advanced students at conferences, corporate venues and retail yarn shops.
Fiber art created by Debra has been exhibited at the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, Julie Artisans' Gallery in New York City, The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Mansion at Strathmore in Rockville, Maryland. Her artwork also can be found in 1000 Artisan Textiles by Salamon and Brown and Forty Years of Art and Community by The Torpedo Factory. Debra's knitwear designs for hand-knitters have been published in knitting magazines and books.
Debra's art is evolving from exploring ways to push the boundaries of traditional fiber techniques by applying them in non-conventional ways to art that educates and informs. Recognizing that one's heritage and identity are shaped by one's environment, Debra aspires to depict historical landmark events that have influenced or shaped the cultural norms of daily life generally and personally.
Debra is a native Washingtonian who resides in Northern Virgnia with her husband George McLennan.