In Search of: Tammis Keefe

Tammis Keefe Owls

I have posted about Tammis Keefe before. I still don’t own any of her designs … her hankies average about $10 + shipping on eBay so I haven’t been able to justify it. The next best thing is to collect images, so I just gathered any decently sized image I could find from current eBay auctions and put them up on the Tammis Keefe Flickr Pool (hostessed by Ms. Bella Dia). Is this legal? Probably not. I just feel compelled to do something to get her work out there. Really what I’d like to do is start a website.

But, there is so little information out there on her. It does seem that many of her designs were featured in an exhibition at the FIT Museum in New York in 2000-1, called “A Woman’s Hand: Designing Textiles in America, 1945-1969.” So I thought of trying to contact the exhibition co-curators Lynn Felsher, then-curator of textiles at the museum, and Joanne Dolan, then-associate curator of textiles, but there is no email address for either that I could find on the internet. Probably because they don’t want to be emailed by fools like me!

Hmm, well it’s a long shot, but if any of you have any leads to FIT Museum personnel or vintage handkerchief/linen collectors, it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Note: This entry was originally posted to Dioramarama on May 21, 2007. Please see original entry for any reader comments.


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  2. Tami says:

    I found a pretty, vintage scarf at Salvation Army the other day. It isn’t signed, but it is a 100% silk scarf by kimbal. I’m trying to find out if it is a Tammis Keefe, but I haven’t found anything like it online so far. Whaaa! I know she designed for this company and I wouldn’t doubt if it were hers because it has dogs on it.

  3. Edan Hughes says:

    I need to know where and when Tammis Keefe died.