Finally made it up to London yesterday to go to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition :-) I've always loved his work, even as a child, and the exhibition didn't disappoint one bit. I hadn't realised that he had started out as an artist, so it was interesting to see some of his paintings there too. However, it was, of course, his textiles that really excited me... First up, this amazing shirt quilt, artistically wrapped around a pillar...
The entire space was used (and filled) so creatively.
The downside was that, everywhere you looked, there were signs telling you not to touch... That was really tough! I was desperate to flip corners of quilts up to check how he'd done the binding, or see what the backing was like. But no, I resisted! All apart from this one:
This was actually a 'feeling' wall, covered in fabric and wool samples which you were encouraged to touch!
There was a whole long wall of his amazing knitwear, and plenty more columns wrapped in quilts.
Now, I don't mean this critically, but it was interesting to see that the sewing was not perfect... I did overhear two sweet little older ladies commenting to one another about some of the alignment of rows! There were definite places where quilting in the ditch had slipped out of the ditch, which happens with me on a regular basis. So, I was absolutely inspired, refreshed, and equally felt I don't need to be so hard on myself at times!
There were a couple of incredible snowball quilts, large and full of colour. I've not been such a fan of the snowball design, but am now definitely inspired to have a go. With strong fabrics it is clearly very effective! If you are anywhere near London in the next couple of weeks, do try and get there before it ends. You need about an hour for Kaffe, and then another hour or two for the many tempting Cafés nearby...