Originally from Wellington, Lee now lives in Maryland. Some of you may remember her book “You Knit Unique” she wrote many years ago in collaboration with the New Zealand Wool Board.

Lee has taught hundreds of workshops focusing on creativity through knitting and clothing which helped ‘till’ the ground for the rise of the wonderful organization WOW – World of Wearable Art and has sold one of a kind, hand knitted ‘jerseys’ to the Queen of Spain, the Crown Prince of Thailand, Good Morning America and numerous tourists visiting New Zealand.

She eventually arrived in the US in 1989 on a book tour and met her future husband Al on an Amtrak train traveling between NY and D.C.and now has an art clothing company shipping to over 500 boutiques around the US. In 2012 she and Al started the American version of WOW called ManneqART – – with ‘Sculpture on the Human Form’ artworks coming in from all over the US.

Fellow NZer’s living in the US are very much invited to submit original artworks as ManneqART gives $10,000 in artist awards each year with the money coming from a variety of corporate and individual donors. ManneqART has awarded nearly $40,000 to artists, beginners to world class professionals, since the organization was founded. The artworks have to able to go through a door (squished is OK) and not hurt the live model. We photograph them for the next years ManneqART Calendar each year in June.

For more information on Lee, including ManneqArt Madness (any NZer’s interested in doing hair, makeup or modelling?) on June 25th and learning more about the exciting new Maryland Fashion Institute, contact Lee at

Author: GBA

Retired New Zealand/American/British citizen living in New York City.

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