Lee Creswell is an experienced silk painter and batik artist whose hand-painted wall hangings, paintings and scarves have been exhibited at home and abroad. She first held a tjanting in the early 50s when she learnt the intricacies of drawing with liquid wax and found the procedure of waxing and dyeing fascinating and challenging. Lee is a nature/wildlife enthusiast. Her works include seascape and marine life; a favourite subject being the movement of water. Her main aim is to explore the versatility of textile art by creating works on different materials and has always been inspired by nature’s forms of flora and fauna.
She is a freelance tutor, demonstrator and lecturer on batik, shibori and silk painting and holds classes in the UK and the USA, including the Smithsonian Institution. She was a City and Guilds tutor in Cottenham Village College on the Creative Skills in Silk Painting, Part II Certificate. Private commissions were received from America, Germany, Japan and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Lee gained a certificate in Botanical Illustration as part of a Certificate of Education with the University of Cambridge Adult Education.
Two pairs of oriental doorway curtains were exhibited in the first International Silk Painting Congress in Virginia, USA and during her 27 month stay in Washington DC, The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library honoured her by holding a month-long exhibition of her ‘Silk Creations’ in the capital’s library. Some of her silk paintings were also selected for exhibition in the District Courthouse, Maryland, USA alongside other members of Silk Painters International (SPIN). She had lectured in the Textile Museum and other art centres in the US. In 2007 and 2009 she was one of the invited speakers at the Kuala Lumpur International Batik (KLIB) Convention and in 2011 was invited to hold a demonstration on Cold Wax in KLIB. She was a guest speaker in 2008 at The Golden Anniversary Reunion in Malacca, Malaysia.
Several of her paintings are displayed in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and her works have appeared in Batik for Artists and Quilters, Batik Transitions – From Classic to Contemporary and 1000 Artisan Textiles. She was interviewed for articles in the Cambridgeshire Journal, Popular Crafts magazine and The Star newspaper in Malaysia.