|Tammis Keefe. Photo from http://makingitfun.blogspot.com|
|From flickriver.com by xtinalamb|
Keefe's fabric and wallpaper prints for the home soon led to other product design. She began designing hankies, dish towels, tablecloths, and even clothing. Her designs were collectible, even in her time, and she really revolutionized the idea of the designer as a brand for their products. Her designs for retailers like Lord & Taylor were manufactured by Kimball, and were signed "Tammis Keefe." She even marketed to other retailers as "Peg Thomas" as a way to be represented in multiple retail outlets at the same time.
|From KLB Vintage Wares on Etsy|
In a 1951 Christian Science Monitor article, Keefe was quoted as saying “Anything is possible in textile design, if it is done correctly. A designer merely starts with something, anything, and then develops it. To an imaginative person, practically anything suggests a starting point. From then on, it is merely stating what you have to say in design.”*
Tammis Keefe died in 1960 at age 46 from cancer, but she left a legacy in her prints. In recent years, Michael Miller fabrics reissued some of her prints in quilting and craft cotton. Her patterns are still as endearing and enchanting today as they were 50 years ago. We currently have an Arabian patterned hankie for sale in our shop!
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