My name is Kat Lees a Jersey gal living in sunny Florida. As far back as I can remember I was drawing cartoons from the daily newspaper. My back ground is in retail, promotion and design. I have had a variety of wonderful opportunities and careers along the way. (Fashions, Interior Design, Real Estate, Virginia Downtown Development, even fought the blue law and lobbied at the general assembly in Richmond and we WON. Worked for the Natural Bridge Wax Museum, owned and operated Mountain View Bed & Breakfast for six years. My introduction into textiles began in 1979, when I could not get a cabbage patch doll for my Tara, so I took my first doll making class. I discovered Doll Crafter magazine and posted a note and the famous Gloria “Mimi” Winer answered and invited me to her home for 3 days to test her Universal Toddler Doll Pattern. I have won ribbons and awards, have been in Contemporary Doll, Soft Dolls, Doll United and Dolls, Bears & Collectible magazines, etc. I teach classes and design my own patterns. I created a doll for the White House of Laura Bush via the doll club I was in at the time in Maryland. Six of us went to the White House an experience we will never forget. Benartex fabrics in New York asked me to design three dolls using their fabrics for the Houston Quilt Show. I am co-owner of “Cloth Doll Artistry” with my best friend Connie McBride Johnson. My love for fabric began at an early age making my own clothing. I am fascinated by the fact that you can take a piece of fabric and turn it into a 3 dimensional figure. I do portrait dolls as well as fantasy, love needle sculpting in nylon and the last few years venturing into the clay world. I have studied under many doll artists over the years and continue taking classes to expand my knowledge and perfect my doll making skills. I love what I am doing, creating, designing, decorating and painting are the windows to my soul.
To see my work please visit;http://designsbykat.blogspot.com