Thursday, 21 March 2013

Kaffe Fassett: A Life in Colour

 Yesterday evening Ed and I had the delightful experience of stepping off the grey streets of Bermondsey into the Fashion and Textile Museum's latest exhibition, Kaffe Fassett: A life in colour. Although the exhibition officially opens tomorrow we wanted to share our sneak preview!

I have long been a fan of Fassett's work; my mum purchased me a copy of Glorious Interiors  from a charity shop when I was teenager and it has since become one of my favourite books. Fassett has a unique sense of colour and print and although his textiles are wonderful I was most excited to see his interior set ups! The exhibition has been curated in collaboration with Sue Timney, another print hero of mine, and it was wonderful to see their two aesthetics meet. Fasset's quilts set against Timney's black and white striped columns created a wonderfully rich space; I particularly enjoyed the way they used the height of the space as it is so often ignored in exhibitions. There was a great mix of items from Fasset's quilts to his needlepoint cushions and the first jumper he ever knitted! It was lovely to see it all displayed in such a thoughtful and inspiring way. The second floor of the space included a garden set up complete with a table set for lunch and a beautiful needlepoint armchair. This space worked for me the best as it demonstrated the way in which Kaffe's work can transport the viewer to another space.  It can be hard sometimes being a colourist in this often grey world, so it is always a delight to meet and find like minded individuals. I found it hugely inspiring to be stood amongst all that colour, in fact when I got home I started painting straight away!

We both throughly recommend our visit to this wonderful exhibition, its a delightful way to while away a few hours. It left us with a spring in our step and a smile on our face for many hours following!

Kaffe Fassett: A life in colour runs from 22nd March to 29th June, tickets are £8.00 or £5.50 for students & concessions. More information can be found here & more info on Kaffe Fassett is available here

1 comment:

  1. I'm obsessed with needlepoint slippers/loafers. Zalo makes incredible ones. This whole aesthetic is very YOU!