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Tammy L Deck: Entrepreneur/Award Winning Fiber Artist/Educator

Tammy caught the fiber art and stitching bug age 5 her creative  mother, JoAnn, was teaching and enabling all of her creative interests.  She began sewing for Barbie, stitching needle-point florals for grandma, altering and embroidering her own jeans.   She was the consummate DIYer... making candles, perfume, jewelry, basket weaving, home decorative items, gifts and fashion.  She excelled in 8th grade sewing class and every stitching class in high school.  She sewed half a dozen costumes for the school's stage production of "The Princess & the Pea".  Tammy also elected to attend business classes and the school's work program with her mall  job at SoFro Fabrics.  She entered and won a trophy in a business competition which qualified her to compete at the state level where she secured a medal.  Upon suggestion of her guidance counselor, Tammy accelerated her studies and graduated high school a year early.

Tammy immediately enrolled  at  Harper College - Palatine, IL attending their two year program in fashion design.   Her desire to "make" her own textiles/fabrics led her to the Fiber Art Department at Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, IL.  While an undergraduate, Tammy received recognition for her costume design & construction work on several NIU dance and theatre productions.  Tammy held an internship with a Chicago artwear designer who purchased several of Tammy's original hand-woven fabrics and contracted her to machine knit their sweater designs.  The company included one of Tammy's hand woven fabrics in a dress designed for Oprah Winfrey's attendance at a celebrity wedding (she also wore it on her TV show). Tammy received a BS degree in Clothing & Textile Science (Major) with Fiber Art Minor in 1985.   Tammy continued on at NIU into post graduate studies blending the textile science & fiber art disciplines.  She received a graduate assistantship position teaching Sewing Skills 101 and the Textile Science Lab as a T/A while working on her personal concentration in wet felting and hand woven wearables.


Tammy founded her label, "TLD Designs" at the age of 22.  She was immediately involved in the "indie" and "slow fashion" movement as she began making and marketing  her one of a kind  ArtWear pieces.   Her modest dream, at the time, was to simply sustain and support herself in textile fabrications and wearable art.  Each item was, and continues to be, made by Tammy, one piece at a time. She does not employ assistants.  Each work includes layers of technique which likely includes: hand weaving, hand and/or machine knitting, hand dyed/painted yarns and fabrics, hand-made felt, laminated (Nuno) felt, recycled sweaters/textiles, appliqué, stitching, embroidery, assemblage, lampworked and/or fused glass.

In June of 1988, in partnership with her mother, JoAnn, Tammy opened her first mini-boutique within a "retail incubator" located in Chicago's historic "Oldtown" neighborhood. From their 50 square foot retail space, they sold jewelry, apparel, accessories, fine art and home decorative objects. Initially, all items were produced by the pair, but they quickly expanded that boutique allowing them the space to showcase the work of other Chicago area artists.

In May of 1991, Tammy formed another partnership with wearable designer, Zully. The two ladies took over the "retail incubator" that housed their boutiques, Chicago Originals, Ltd. Tammy served as the director of operations, overseeing the day to day business activities and the full time staff for the 3 years they continued on Wells St.

September 1993, Tammy and JoAnn secured a commercial location in Westmont, IL -- a close suburb of Chicago -- and TLD Design Center & Gallery  was created.

The initial intent for this space was a gallery setting for their own work and to function as Tammy's studio.  Twelve months later they  opened their Gallery to the publicJune 1995, in response to repeated inquiries, Tammy began offering creative art classes.  Her first offering was Beginner Level Weaving Skills.  The Design Center hosts over 150 different classes in a variety of mediums taught by a core of Illinois Artisan instructors and nationally recognized artists.   Tammy is on hand daily (when not scheduled at a fair or event)  teaching, making, up-dating class schedules and social media.  


Sadly, JoAnn H Deck passed away December 29, 2013    JoAnn lives on through her body of work which continues to be exhibited  in various venues installed by Tammy.


On August 11, 2015,  a Live/Work building was purchased in Berwyn, Illinois and Tammy opened her second location for TLD Design Center & JAD Gallery.  Classes and Gallery Exhibits are now available in both locations.

2619 Ridgeland Ave

Berwyn, IL



Tammy L Deck ~ September, 2013

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Chicago Area Events:  Art Fairs, Markets, Trunk Shows and Gallery Exhibits

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Tammy's Westmont, IL Studio:

TLD Design Center Studios & Gallery:  26 E. Quincy St., Westmont, IL (630) 963-9573

Tammy's Berwyn, IL Studio:

TLD Design Center Studios & JAD Gallery: 2619 Ridgeland Ave., Berwyn, IL (630) 963-9573




Tammy's Shopping Basket




2018 ~ Best of Show : Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts / Glen Ellyn, IL

2018 ~ 1st Place overall : Art in Bloom / Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL

2017 ~ Best of Show : Prairie View Arts Invitational / Naperville, IL

2014 ~ 1st Place overall : LaGrange West End Art Festival / LaGrange, IL

2014 ~ 3rd Place overall : Art in Bloom / Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL

2013 ~ Best of Show : Art in Your Eye / Batavia, IL

2013 ~ 2nd Place 3D : Long Grove Art and Wine Festival / Long Grove, IL

2013 ~ 2nd Place in 3D : Hinsdale Fine Art Fair / Hinsdale, IL

2012 ~ Judges Award : Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts / Glen Ellyn, IL

2012 ~ 2nd Place 3D : Long Grove Art and Wine Festival / Long Grove, IL

2012 ~ Award of Excellence : Art in Your Eye / Batavia, IL

2012 ~ Best of Show : Art in the Park / Northbrook, IL

2012 ~ 2nd Place overall : Art in Bloom / Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL

2012 ~ Best of Show : Hinsdale Fine Art Fair / Hinsdale, IL

2011 ~ 2nd Place overall : Oswego Collaborative Art Fair / Oswego, IL

2011 ~ Honorable Mention : Hinsdale Fine Art Fair / Hinsdale, IL

2011 ~ Award of Excellence / Fiber Art : Naperville Women's Club / Naperville, IL

2010 ~ Award of Excellence / 3 Dimensional : Geneva Fine Arts Fair / Geneva, IL

2010 ~ Award of Excellence : Naperville Women's Club / Naperville, IL

2010 ~ 2nd Place / 3 Dimensional : Hinsdale Fine Art Fair / Hinsdale, IL

2010 ~ 2nd Place overall : Riverside Fine Arts Fair  / Riverside, IL

2009 ~ Best of Show : LaGrange West End Art Festival / LaGrange, IL

2009 ~ Award of Merit : Festival of the Arts / Glen Ellyn, IL

2009 ~ 1st Place Award of Excellence : Art in Your Eye / Batavia, IL

2009 ~ Hats Off to You : Prairie State Art Festival / Arlington Park Race Course

2009 ~ 3rd Place overall : Riverside Fine Arts Fair / Riverside, IL

2008~ Honorable Mention : LaGrange West End Art Festival / LaGrange, IL

2008 ~ 1st Place in Fiber Art : Art in Your Eye / Batavia, IL

2008 ~ 2nd Place overall : Prairie State Art Festival / Arlington Park Race Course

2005 ~ 3rd Place overall : LaGrange West End Art Festival / LaGrange, IL

2003 ~ Best of Show : Fall Colors Art Festival (4th weekend) : Morton Arboretum / Lisle, IL


As Seen In:

August 2011 - "500 Felt Objects" Book by Lark Crafts


Tammy's Felted Silk Wrap Shawl (page 56) and

Felt Cuff/Bracelet (page 184)


Nov/Dec 2006 - "Belle Armoire" Magazine 
Article and featured items by Tammy: Free Hand Felt Lace
Sleeveless Wrap Top together with several scarves.


"Altered Couture" Magazine 2006 (pg 146) Article and featured hats & mittens by Tammy: Recycled Sweater Hats


March/April 2006 - "Belle Armoire" Magazine "Arboretum Shawl" a felted Silk piece shaped like a Fall Leaf.


Summer 2003 - "Belle Armoire" Magazine "Summer Social" a square brimmed Felted Silk hat and "Trellis" a Felted Silk, lattice patterned shawl.



ON YouTube:

June 20, 2009


On Broadcast TV:

In November of 2004, Tammy shot two segments for the HGTV show "Crafters Coast to Coast" which initially aired on April 19, 2005 and re-aired on October 13, 2005. The show has been renamed "That's Clever" and aired on March 28, 2006. In the episode, Tammy demonstrates the creation process for her felted silk scarves and her glass hair/scarf/hat accessory she calls a "Passion Twist"


Gallery Exhibits:

June 2017 ~ "Art to Wear" Group Exhibit : Bloomingdale Park District Museum : Bloomingdale, IL

February 2015 ~ "Ten Felt Hats" Group Exhibit : "Hat or a Crown" Ausrine's Art Room Evanston, IL

January 2015 ~ "One Dozen Felt Hats"  Solo Exhibit : Orland Park Public Library

November 2014 ~ Featured Artist: Illinois Artisan Chicago Gallery

Sept. through Nov 2013~ Hinsdale Public Library Solo Exhibit : Fractured Felt by Tammy L Deck / Hinsdale, IL

2011 ~ Felt Inspired / Group Exhibit : Saugatuck Center for the Arts / Saugatuck, MI

January 2008 ~ Sculptural Felt Hats :  Solo Exhibit : Orland Park Public Library


Articles and Reviews:

2016 ~ Suburban Life Newspapers:  "Art Legacy: Artist Expands Family Business to Berwyn" by Lee V. Gaines

2013 - The Doings Newspapers: "Fractured Felt show a textime (and tactile) treat" by Sara Clarkson

2013 - : Hinsdale Public Library Announces Fall Art Exhibit

2011- Western Springs Patch / Donna Sauers' Blog : Artists Spotlight

2007 - The Doings Newspapers:  "Art Exhibit illustrates what can happen when people take time to be creative" by Sandy Illian Bosch 

2007 - The Doings Newspapers : "Suburban Art Groups are Alive and Well"  by Jennifer Larsen Duda

2006 - Reporter/Progress Newspaper : "Artists in Action set for Summer Series" by Allison Swade

2005 - Reporter/Progress Newspaper : "Westmont artist will be featured on HGTV program" by Dave Fornell

2004 - Chicago Tribune : "Lye or no lye, making soap is a true challenge" by Sandra Swanson

2000 - Westmont Progress : "Gallery gives home to art in the suburbs" by Tricia Despres

2000 - Press Publications : "A gallery grows in Westmont" by Randall Mielke

1995-Daily Herald : "Creative mom, daughter find happiness working together in gallery" by  Beth Wilson

1994 -Chicago Tribune : "Meet Tammy Deck, dream weaver" by Nancy Stetson

1991 - Today's Chicago Woman : "Space-Age Entrepreneurs Share your hopes, fears and rent with other in an incubator" by Tammy Deck

1991 - Entrepreneur Magazine : "Hatching a Business"

1990 - Bolingbrook Sun : "Bolingbrook woman weaves herself a business" by Karen Kaegebein




Tammy is a former member of the Board of Advisors
Fashion Design Dept / College of DuPage ~ Glen Ellyn, IL

Tammy is a former, Adjunct Faculty Member / College of DuPage / Glen Ellyn, IL 

teaching Textile Printing/Painting/Dyeing I and II / Weaving I and II / Knitting Machine Skills I and II

Tammy is a former "Illinois Artisan"

and a current member of the following guilds / groups 

Naperville Art League

Oak Park Artist Guild  

Illinois Prairie Weavers Guild (past President)


Social Media:


Tammy's Blogto



Traveling Workshops

 & Presentations:

 Pending:  Jan 2019 : Workshop : Northshore Needle Art Guild : Northbrook, IL

Pending: Feb 14th 2018 : Workshop: Bloomingdale Art Guild : Bloomingdale, IL

Pending: Oct 2017 : Presentation/Demo: Midwest Collage Society : Darien, IL



Tammy is available to lead workshops in weaving, dyeing, felting, and Lampwork bead making techniques or to serve as a guest speaker for groups and guilds.   Please inquire for fees, scheduling and travel discussion.


Past Work Shop:

2015 : Northern Wisconsin

Collage, Layering and Laminating in Fibers

Dillmans Creative Art Retreats


Oct 2013 - Whitehorse, Yukon Canada : 

Yukon Arts Centre : Artists Talk and Northern Fibres Guild : Wet Felting Workshops



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