Lee Andersen’s artful clothing is wearable, complex and textured, designed for the sensuous, tactile woman. It is reminiscent of the beautiful, confident clothes from the 1920s, a period of stylish exotic elegance. These are the memorable clothes that become treasures and keepers of a special occasion. To wear Lee’s clothing is to put the mind in an art gallery.
Lee Andersen trained for four years at Palmerston North Teacher’s College Art Department in New Zealand. Her studio work included drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and fiber. Lee received her Bachelor of Education and taught for five years in New Zealand. She started a hand knitting company and began teaching Creative Knitting workshops. Requests for a written version of the workshops resulted in her first book You, Knit Unique, published by the NZ Wool Board.
In 1989, an invitation to teach workshops in the U.S. and a fateful meeting with a handsome man on a train resulted in a permanent move. She maintains her dedication to teaching by working with students from MICA, PARSONS and other Fashion Design and Art schools around the country.
In New Zealand, Lee hand-knitted her original knitwear and trained 100 knitters to produce one-of-a-kind artworks from her paintings and knit-kits. The work, through her relationship with the NZ Wool Board, was purchased by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Crown Prince of Thailand, the Queen of Spain, the Cosby Show and many American celebrities, including Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
After moving to the U.S., she wrote five other knitwear design books with her future business partner Joan Becker, before starting an Art Clothing company. The Lee Andersen label is currently sold in approximately 500 boutiques in the U.S. her label has a presence in all 50 states. Her garments are all produced at the Andersen-Becker company in Howard County, MD.
Lee Andersen, along with her husband Al Scolnik and Joan Becker, formed a Non-Profit (501c3) for Education in the Arts and began “ManneqART – Sculpture on the Human Form” in 2012. It includes support for national artists exploring this new challenge, plus over $10,000 in Awards to artists each year and publishing photographs of the artworks in a full color calendar (distributed around the U.S.). ManneqART also provides free public displays of ManneqART artworks at the Mall in Columbia, the Columbia Festival of the Arts and elsewhere.