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curator , Fiber artist

Virginia Isham Harvey, American Curator, fiber artist. Avocation: gardening. F C. Recipient N.W. Craftsmen Exhibition award, 1957, Research award Pacific N.W.Arts and Crafts Fair, Bellevue, Washington, 1957, 64, Fiberworks award, 1988; American Crafts Council Honorary fellow, 1996.


Harvey, Virginia Isham was born on July 5, 1917 in Hot Springs, South Dakota, United States. Daughter of Russell Raymond and Goldie Marguerite (Coles) Isham.


Student, Mills College, Oakland, California, 1935-1936;student, University Washington, 1936-1937;student, Cornish School Arts, Seattle, 1955-1959.


Curator Textile Study Center, University Washington, Seattle, 1958-1978. Consultant Tethers Unlimited, Freeland, Washington, from 1995. Workshop teacher, lecturer in field.


  • Avocation: gardening. F C.


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  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Author books and monographs, including Macrame, The Art of Creative Knotting, 1967, Color and Design in Macrame, 1970, Techniques of Basketry, 1976, Threads in Action. Exhibitions include Northwest Craftsman Exhibition, 1955-1968, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1957, Frye Museum, 1959, 60, 61, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1961, Museum History and Industry, Seattle, 1962, Mills College, 1963, 64, Kentucky Train, 1966, Museum Contemporary Crafts, New York City, 1966, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Festival, 1965, Washington State Museum, Olympia, 1967, Edmonds Arts and Crafts Festival, 1969, Grand Rapids (Michigan) Art Museum, 1970, Eastern Michigan University, 1973, Boise Museum Art, 1974, Allied Arts of Tacoma, 1972, Peninsula Textile Exhibit, Port Townsend, 1979, Fiberworks, 1988, others.


Panel member basketry symposium Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, 1988. Judge weaving Skagit County Fair, 1989, 90. Member Seattle Weavers Guild (president 1956), Whidbey Weavers Guild, Pacific Northwest Needlarts Guild (honorary), Northwest Designer Craftsmen (honorary), Philanthropic and Educational Organization Sisterhood (recording secretary 1951-1954).


  • Other Interests



Married William A Harvey, August 27, 1937 (deceased April 1994). Children: William A Junior, Russell Wilson.

Russell Raymond Isham

Goldie Marguerite (Coles) Isham

William A Harvey

William A Junior Harvey

Russell Wilson Harvey