As I mentioned in my post on Saturday, we went to the American Museum for my birthday day out. I have more posts to follow about that - two probably as the quilts need their own! - but first of all I had to share with you the wonder exhibition of Kaffe Fassett's work.
It was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Truly. There cannot be too many exclamations for how wonderful it was. For those who do not know, Kaffe Fassett is a designer of textiles, he is American, but has lived in England since the mid 1960's.
I should warn you that this is a very picture heavy post, but what else would you expect for such a visual exhibition!! I hope that you will understand what I mean and forgive me.
As we arrived I was so excited to see the yarn bombing that had taken place, it was wonderful. My hubby was a bit surprised and could not really see the point, but I loved it and it was my day!
This tree had some yarny elements, but was mainly covered in wonderful fabric lampshades. I forgot to ask if they had lights inside, but it would be wonderful if they do and if they light up at night wouldn't it.
These pots were either side of the entrance door. A small taste of the explosion of colour that was to come inside.
This is a photograph of the man himself! You can see from his jumper what a love of colour he has.
One of the things that Fassett is very well known for his knitwear designs. There were so many of them displayed on the walls and they looked amazing.
I hadn't expected to see many quilts, but there were lots on display. The one below that goes from light to dark looks as though it as a light glowing within it or shining on it, but it is all in the colours of fabric that were used.
The quilt above was amazing - sorry, I keep using that word, but it is so true!!!!
The first part was divided into colour themes of pinks and reds and then blues and purples.
I loved this outfit. It is pure 1970's style, which I remember so well. I wish that I could wear an outfit like this now, but I might look rather odd!! It took me right back though.
The design of this patchwork cushion that had then been turned into a tapestry/needlepoint cushion intrigued me and worked really well I thought. I just wish that they had hung them both round the same way! I tried rotating the photos, but they didn't look right!!
Now, people, this is the best bit of all!!!! Sorry about the fuzzy photo. There were some samples of the work that you could touch and feel, and turn over to see the backs of them. This is the back of one of the tapestry samples. Look at it!! Ends all over the place. I was so pleased to see this. I don't mean to sound horrible, but I worry so much about my sewing, the ends on the back of my tapestry and sewing in the ends of my crochet. I decided though if this is good enough for Kaffe Fassett, my work is definitely good enough for me - and is neater than this!!
The shells in the above picture were probably my favourite piece of all. The only negative point with the exhibition is that it is in quite a small space, so getting straight on to take photos with the other people looking round was hard. You will have to take my word for how wonderful this piece was.
The great big blanket below is all knitted and appeared to be one continuous piece of knitting. You know that I cannot knit as I have mentioned before, so I was really really in awe of a massive piece of knitting like this. The colours are just stunning.
Although the shells that I showed above were my favourite individual piece, the items in this area were my favourite as a collection of work. They all depict vegetables. The floor is covered with a picture of the piece below. We have something similar at Basildon, they can replicate anything that you want as a floor covering - you could have your favourite piece of crochet on your bedroom floor if you wanted!!
I had not realised that Kaffe Fassett was also a ceramics designer, I don't know if he designed these pieces, but they were wonderful in any case.
The two teapots above are "normal" sized, but the asparagus set below is a teeny tiny miniature and was just about the size for a dolls house, well, perhaps a little larger than that, but not much.
I was fascinated by the way that the colours were produced in these pieces of long stitch work. Two or three different coloured threads were used to produce each stitch which gave real depth and texture to the work.
It gives a feeling that is a mixture of pointillism and impressionism. They look a bit like an impressionist painting from a distance and then more like a work of pointillism when you are close up.
I loved the sign!
There was a whole wall covered with quotes, I have just picked out a few of my favourites to share with you.
Attached to the exhibition space was a room filled with another exhibition of maps. I have to say that I didn't really pay the maps much attention, but I love the fittings in the room. They reminded me of the work of my favourite architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Then it was back to the real reason we were there for a last look around! I loved the way that this yarn was stored. It fits so well with the ideas from the quotes above.
Here you can see the pink area on one side and the blue on the other - combined with the pink and blue of course for contrast!!
Finally I have the picture below from the little shop area. This picture is for Gina. It reminded me of you immediately. I didn't buy one as they cost a small fortune. I did buy a fat quarter of fabric though, so perhaps I will make one for myself!
I hope that you enjoyed the tour. If you are in the area it is well worth a visit, and well worth a visit from further afield I would say. The exhibition is on until 2nd November this year. I am not sponsored to write this in any way I should say. I just loved it so much that I wanted to share it ALL with you and hope that some of you can visit too as it really is great!
Thank you for your birthday wishes, I think that I have thanked you all in person, but just in case I missed anyone!
I don't know about you, but I have been having trouble leaving comments on others blogs because of word verification. I tried turning mine off, but I have put it back on I am afraid because of the spammers. But I do have a tip. If you get the words photo sphere - with or without a picture behind - I thought that if you typed those words the comment would go through, but I am not sure that it does. so instead, in the box next to where the words are there is a refresh button - the circle with the arrow - press that and you will get a new word/numbers. Enter those and it seems to go through. I hope that this helps, it isn't a plea for comments, just a suggestion after I realised that some of my comments were not getting through, I only just worked it out!