World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.

Carol Lee Shanks

Berkeley, California USA



Carol Lee Shanks designs and handcrafts clothing and textile art pieces. She has a great reverence for cloth allowing it to be the foundation of her inspiration. An integral part of her work is manipulating the cloth to create different surface textures. By layering opaque and transparent elements, then stitching, piercing and wrapping them, she is able to transform flat, linear shapes into dimensional silhouettes. When suspended on the body or within a room, her work becomes moving sculpture.

Carol has a degree in Textile and Costume Design from the University of California at Davis. She now works and exhibits her clothing and artwork from her Berkeley studio. Her work is shown and sold in galleries throughout the US and has been included in international shows and fiber art publications.

“I strive to make beautifully simple, unstructured garments that feel good on the body, function well and are easy to care for. Integral to these ideals is the element of surface texture which, as my work evolves, will continue to play an essential role in my process. I consider any unexpected results to be fascinating and welcome it.”


EXHIBITIONS (selective)

“No Limits: Shibori in Fashion,” 8th ISS, Artefact Gallery, Lyon, FRANCE. Nov 2008
“Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion,” Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA. May-Oct 2005
4th International Shibori Symposium, Harrogate, UK. Nov 2008
“Tactile Dimensions: Fabric and Form,” Felissimo Design House, New York, NY. Feb 2002
“Shibori: Tradition and Innovation – East to West,” Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA. Aug-Nov 2001


AWARDS (selective)

“Art in Motion,” Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN. Oct 2007
Award of Excellence, Surface Design Association (SDA)
Honorable Mention, “Up Close and Far Away – Member Challenge,” SDA Conference 2003


PUBLICATIONS (selective)

“Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion,” by Melissa Leventon, Thames and Hudson, 2005
Ornament Magazine, Spring 2003
“Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now,” by Yoshiko I Iwamoto, Kodansha International, Ltd., 2002
“Long Live Wrinkles!” Carol Lee Shanks, Threads Magazine, May 1995



Pat Henderson, Santa Cruz, CA
Julie Artisans’ Gallery, New York, NY
Mio, San Francisco, CA
Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Moore Studio, Portland, OR
Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
250 Main, Ashland, OR


AFFILIATIONS (selective)

Surface Design Association
Textile Society of America
Friends of Fiberarts International