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Kelsey Keefe

Fiber Artist Bridgewater, Massachusetts

3 May, 2011 To whom it may concern, Hello! With this letter I am enclosing a few photographs of my artwork. I specialise in hand-woven, hand-dyed textiles such as scarves and shawls in addition to commissioned works for special occasions. In a recent visit to your shop I came to feel that the overall aesthetic and presentation of your store meshes quite well with my own works and for that reason I am interested in meeting with you to discuss the possibility of your store serving as a venue for the sale of my work. I look forward to hearing from you! At your earliest convinience, I would love to schedule an appointment to meet with you at which I would be glad to bring in physical examples of my work as the tactile element of textiles can hardly be relayed through photographs alone.


Kelsey Keefe

Kelsey Keefe Artist Statement Fabric is utilitarian, common, and often unappealing in a tactile sense. Weaving, as a process, is mathematical, rigid, and time consuming. However, hand-woven fabrics are visually stunning, soft to the touch, and rare in a world whose fabrics are the products of mass production. I find the mathematical rigidity of the process appealing in its contrast to the the results. Each thread is accounted for, each anticipated even in the earliest planning stages. My approach to weaving is quite strict and I appreciate the delicacy of fine yarns. My approach to dyeing, however, is far more happenstance: in the application of colour, dyes should wash over fabric like water. The unpredictability of the dyes set agaisnt the careful mathematics of the weave structure lend themselves to beautiful results.

Fiber Artist Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Kelsey Keefe Visuals List Shibori Scarf I

65” long x 10” wide 28 epi white cotton warp 28 epi white cotton weft Woven Shibori in indigo dyes woven in a bronson lace pattern.

Shibori Scarf II 65” long x 10” wide 28 epi white cotton warp 28 epi pale blue tencel weft Woven Shibori in indigo dyes woven in a bronson lace pattern. Shibori Scarf III 65” long x 10” wide 28 epi white cotton warp 28 epi grey cotton weft Woven Shibori in indigo dyes woven in a bronson lace pattern.

Fiber Artist Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Kelsey Keefe

Fiber Artist Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Education 2007 - 2011

Relevant Course Work Bachelor of Art in Art History and Crafts History of Textiles/Textile Design Interdiciplinary Minor in Asian Studies Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Employment 2008-2011

Weaving Instruction (Tapestry and Lap looms) Bridgewater-Raynham Regional Highschool


Weaving / Loom Tutoring In-home loom assembly, warping and instruction on basic weaving techniques upon request.

Publications and Exhibitions 2006, 2007

Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts


Gold Key, Scholastic Art Awards, State Transportation Building, Boston, Massachusetts


Mobius Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts


Invitational, Imago Gallery, Warren, Rhode Island

2008, 2009, 2011

Annual Student Show, Anderson Art Gallery, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts


theBridge, volume 8

Weaving - I & II Advanced Weaving - III, IV, V Graduate Weaving - VI Drawing I & II Graphic Design I Web Art I Bookbinding I

Art History:

Asian Art: India, China & Japan Islamic Art & Architecture Introduction to African Art History of Architecture Early Modern Art & Architecture Art & Architecture since 1940


Business Issues for Visual Artists Course focused upon the planning, curation & promotion the 47th Annual Student Art Exhibition while discussing the importance of entrepreneurship to the budding visual artist.

Internship in Art History Scanned and cataloged Ottoman textile slides, researched their context and subject matter while assisting in the hanging/dismantelling of shows within the Art Department at BSU. Culminated the semester by examining the textiles first hand at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Directed Study in Art Independant research project which focussed upon Central Asian Ikat.

Study Tour: Science/Technology in Japan

Activities 2010-2011

Studio Arts:

Student Government Association Senator, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

A two week tour taken in Summer 2009 to the cities of Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima and Kyoto. In each city I explored local textile production centers as well as cultural sites.

Kelsey Keefe Initial Expenses $5000.00 $300.00 $300.00 $1300.00 $220.00 $200.00

Fiber Artist Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Recursive Expenses

Cranbrook Countermarche Loom Warping Mill Electric Bobbin Winder 13� Macbook Pro WeavePro software Smaller Weaving Accessories: - Bobbins - Shuttles - Heddles

$19.00/cone $22.00/cone $59.99/cone $20/.5 gal. $11.70/10 lbs. $3.00-$10.00/2 oz. $800/month $200/month

10/2 Mercerized Cotton 8/2 Tencel 20/2 Silk Synthrapol Low Foam Dye Activator Procion Dye Studio Space Rental Utilities

IInitial expenses with the exception of the laptop have all been squared away. My loom, warping mill, and bobbin winder were purchased used off of Craiglist and they came with many of the samaller accessories such as bobbins, shuttles, reed hooks, et cetera. I also have a starting supply of yarn and dyestuffs. I think I am fortunate to not necessarily need a studio space outside of my home at the begining of this venture: as long as I have the space for the loom I can weave. In order to get a better sense of my potential income I did a mock-up for warp/weft calculations for a series of 5 scarves woven on a single warp. Using a single warp means I would only need to dress the loom once and would be able to make five very similar or duplicat scarves. The cost of yarn would be $35.53 for the total project, or $7.11 for each scarf. I did not include the price of dyes or dyestuffs, but in general $30 goes very far in that realm as the dye itself only costs $2.95 for a 2oz. jar which would last, at least, through five to ten scarves depending on the saturation of color. While I can, technically, turn a profit by selling a scarf for any price over eight dollars that is a horrible idea. So, to determine a price, I need to set a value for my time. Allowing myself a $9.00/hour (45 hour weaving/loom set up, divided by # of scarves woven = 9 hours * $9.00 = $81.00) a base price of $81 can be determined. Given the fact that certain textiles will require additional time and supplies, this seems like a fair base price. While I realize that 45 hours per week with a profit of only $405 is sort of pathetic I will admit that the 45 hour estimate is likely an exaggeration and is taking into account the rate I weave when faced with other school projects.. I am aware that I will, indeed, need to weave faster-- and be able to still provide products which are a high enough quality to justify the price. Other ways to supplement my income will have to include lessons, loom set-up and maintence. I intend to take advantage of both web-based sales through my own website or, alternatively, I also believe that because textiles are one of those things that you must actually touch and get a feel for before buying that it will be a lucrative choice to develop relationshuips with small shop owners, gallery owners, et cetera who are willing to display my textiles and sell them.

Kelsey Keefe

Fiber Artist Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Warp Use 5 65 10 20% 2.0 28 12 6 60 325 336 385 20% 68 78 40 495 13.75 4620.00

Weft Use number of items being woven finished length in inches finished width in inches width take-up/shrinkage shrinkage plus take-up amount (to get right width & # of warp ends) ends per inch (EPI) width of warp on the loom and reed fringe length in inches total fringe total inches woven total number of ends (EPI) finished length + fringe length take-up/shrinkage take-up in inches of woven weave one item this long loom waste in inches (including samples) inches woven, take-up & loom waste each end in yard length total yards of warp

Cost $19.00 $20.90

warp price per lb. warp total

$19.00 $14.63

weft price per lb. weft total

$35.53 $7.11

total price per

30 12 360 117,000 0 117,000 3,250

pics per inch (PPI) inches wide weft inches for 1inch of weaving weft for total inches woven take up in inches inches woven and take up in inches divide by 36 to get yards of weft

Yarn Weight 4,200 263 7,870 1.87 1.10 0.77

yards per pound ounces per yards per pound total # of yard - warp & weft both yarn warp & weft # & oz warp only in # and oz. weft only # and oz.


Just a portfolio/resume/generic cover letter that I was assigned to assemble. Its kinda cute.