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.

Lee Creswell

Cambridge, UK


Born in Malacca (Malaysia), Lee spent her early childhood in a colourful world of batiks and silks but has been living in England since 1962.  Her aim is to explore the versatility of batik by creating works on different materials, with subjects ranging from botanical, seascape to marine life.

During her recent 2 year stay in Washington DC, The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library honoured her by holding a month-long exhibition of her ‘Silk Creations’.  Some of her silk paintings were selected for exhibition in the District Courthouse, Maryland, USA.  She is a freelance tutor/demonstrator/lecturer on batik, shibori and silk painting and holds classes in UK and USA, has lectured in the Textile Museum (Washington DC) and other art centres in the US.  In 2007 she was one of the invited speakers at the Kuala Lumpur International Batik Convention and has again been invited to speak at the 2009 Convention.  She was a guest speaker at The 1958 Golden Anniversary Reunion in Malacca, Malaysia. Lee has also written articles for a number of Journals and has received private commissions from America, Germany, Japan, Malaysia and UK.


EXHIBITIONS (selective)

“Silk Creations” (solo show), Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, USA
SPIN group exhibition, District Courthouse, Maryland, USA
The Gloucester Museum and Art Gallery, UK
Cambridge Open Studios, UK
Batik Guild 20th Anniversary Exhibition, The Knitting & Stitching Exhibitions, UK



Assistant Secretary, World Batik Council
UK Representative, Silk Painters International (SPIN)
East Anglia Area Representative, Batik Guild
Chairman (2005-06), Batik Guild 20th Anniversary Committee
Secretary (until 2007), UK Batik Guild



The Textile Museum, Washington DC USA
Surface Design Association, USA
UK Guild of Silk Painters
Crafts Council UK


“Useable and Wearable Batiks,” DVD with Anne Dye