Monday, 13 November 2017

Kaffe Fassett exhibition

I had a delightful day on Saturday, visiting a Kaffe Fassett exhibition held in a National Trust property called Mottisfont in Hampshire. My best friend Barbara lives fairly near Mottisfont and she had heard about the exhibition.  We have visited a KF exhibition together before and we both love his work, the super bright colours, the way he puts vivid pieces of fabric next to each other and so on.

So, my photos:

Loved this HST quilt, the blues were just beautiful!


 
Another lovely blue one. A simple design but the use of such lovely fabrics makes it special. Barbara's favourite, I think. I loved it too!
 
 
Another snowball-style design, this time in richer colours. Both colourways worked for both of us.
 
 
Loved this sign , the words printed directly onto the wall.  Kaffe was born in California but moved to the UK as a young man and our country has been his home ever since. I think this shows his love for his adopted country, why it appeals to him.

 
The centre of a very floral quilt, showcasing a particularly beautiful flower fabric - like a still life painting.
 
 
As he said in the previous sign, Kaffe is fascinated by fruits and vegetables.  They appear in a lot of his work, including this chair upholstered in his tapestry work.  Look at those lush fruits!
 

Probably my favourite quilt as it uses colours I love. Again, a simple design which shows off his gorgeous fabrics.

 
A close up of the centre:

Another of our favourites. There was such an amazing range of fabrics in this quilt, including some that almost appeared to jar with the rest of the colours ( look at the 8 pointy stars made from black & lime green stripes and mustard yellow) and the hot pink and turquoise ones ( the addition of the hot pink jumps out and somehow draws your eye to both the centre and the outer edges of the quilt).
The clever placement of stars and hexagons made your eye dart about, sometimes making you notice the stars more, sometimes the hexagons. We looked in detail at this quilt for a very long time!
 
As you can see one of Kaffe's roll necked cardigan designs was exhibited alongside the quilt.  There was a lot of his knitwear on show - again all using his signature bright colours.
 
And lastly, two photos of his Folk lore quilt, na├»ve style pictures and shapes appliqued onto a cream coloured background.
 

 
Lots and lots more of course but I couldn't photograph everything.


The exhibition was so well organised, displaying his work beautifully.
Groups of quilts, interspersed with knitwear, tapestry etc were displayed in a series of rooms.  One of the room guides told us that Kaffe had insisted each room was painted a colour he specified: so there was a sky blue room, a hot raspberry pink, a sunshine yellow and  a Spring green one. Wooden chairs in each room had also been painted to match the colour scheme of the room, although in a different shade to the wall colour. The original wall colour in each room was Britain's favourite - magnolia - and Kaffe said if the rooms weren't painted to his specification he wouldn't allow the exhibition to be staged.  How right he was, these marvellous pieces wouldn't have been able to shine to their best advantage. Clever man!
 
Barbara and I have struggled this year to see each other - it took until 11th November to make this happen. I had a special birthday at the end of May and Barbara brought my birthday present with her which I had to open before we went into the exhibition. She had gifted me Kaffe's lovely Autobiography "Dreaming in Colour".  A perfect start to a wonderful day.
 
I was then told the "back story" to the present. Barbara had been struggling to think of the right present to mark my birthday but when we decided some weeks ago to visit the exhibition at Mottisfort she researched Kaffe Fassett books. Because she knew I was such a fan she guessed I would probably already have at least one of his books so she phoned my husband to ask him to search my bookshelves.  Apparently this wasn't achieved easily because time after time she rang and I answered!  Eventually she managed to speak to John and he was able to search my bookshelves whilst I was out. Great story, makes the book even more special. I haven't started the book yet but have already enjoyed the super picture on the dust jacket: Kaffe sitting cross legged on one of his bright pink quilts, surrounded by colourful pots of plants, another bright pink quilt as a background and holding a bright pink flowered wreath.  Marvellous!
 

 
 

6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the pics and descriptions of the show. I noticed that the snowballs are, used often, because they allow the flowers to be centered and not chopped up. How big are the snowballs? The blue hexy quilt is outstanding. From the relative distance of the photo the center is luminescent, really lit up. Then the bright reds and greens so draw your eye out and around, a good contrast. How I wish I could have joined you. You would have had to drag me out! Glad you,both had such a nice time together.

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  2. So when was it your birthday.... I'm not a fan of his fabrics but there are some great designs in his quilts. So glad you caught up with Barbara. Time flies..

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  3. Oh lucky you going along to visit the KF exhibition. His colour choices are always stunning and I think he specifies the colours in his "rooms" whenever he exhibits. Lovely book to add to your collection!

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  4. Oooh! Thank you for sharing all your photos from the Kaffe exhibit! Wonderful eye candy! I knew about the Folk Life quilt, but had never seen it, so thanks for that particularly! I received Dreaming in Color a few years ago for Christmas - more wonderful eye candy and inspiration!

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    1. Thank you. I am so enjoying the book. Kaffe has met so many famous people, it's like a Who's Who!

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  5. Love those 'blue' quilts! And I enjoyed reading all about how your new book came to your place, a lovely inspiring book too!

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