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 and published in 1000 Artisan Textiles by Salamon and Brown and Forty Years of Art and Community by The Torpedo Factory. Her knitwear designs for hand-knitters have been published in knitting magazines and books.
Debra loves exploring ways to push the boundaries of traditional fiber techniques by applying them in non-conventional ways to create contemporary art and one-of-kind wearables. When asked whether her IT systems experience influences her art, she says, "Yes, it has ... communicating effectively with clients and users, verbally and visually and the analytical, problem solving skills honed during my IT career intuitively influence the creative choices I make in my art making."
Debra is a native Washingtonian who resides in Northern Virgnia with her husband George McLennan.