Prepare your retinas people, I've been to that Kaffe Fassett thang at the American Museum and it was BRIGHT. I took a whole heap of snaps on our new fancy pants camera so hold on tight. You might wanna reach for your sunglasses. Disclaimer: I'm going to use the word colour. A lot.
Me and Mr P popped on the cheeky free shuttle bus to the American Museum in Britain on the last bank holiday (that's what they're for, right?). Knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett's known for his fantastic use of colour and I was really hoping to learn something from his work. There are a lot of yarny projects that I've been unhappy with because of my rather less-than-excellent colour choices.
What greeted us at the museum was an onslaught of brain-melting colour. Some of the grounds had been yarnbombed with scorching granny squares, and the enormous tree in front of the exhibition space was hung with fabric-covered lanterns and big-as-your-fist pom-poms.
Ponchos, paintings, vegetables, and faux tapestry floors - this exhibition had it all. His paintings, knitwear, tapestries and quilts were on show, and the whole inside space was drenched in immerse colour. We definitely needed an eye rest and a sobering cuppa when we eventually staggered out. I really loved finding out more about how Kaffe works, seeing his stitches up close and taking a peek at his beautiful line drawings, too. Mr P's favourites were the veg paintings and the huge pink and green tapestry. Plus, he can now correctly distinguish between knitting and crochet. So proud.
Although it's not a big exhibition by any means, the all-encompassing way it's been put together and how Kaffe's taken over the museum (more of his drawings and samples are scattered throughout the main house), make The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett well worth seeing. We both came away really inspired (and full of tea and scones, natch). If you can get to the South-West before November, make sure you catch it. All the details are here.
|Festooned, you might say.
|Mr P contemplates life, the universe and knitwear
|A brave wardrobe choice for the office
|Spot the knitter! The volunteer manning the exhibition was knitting a scarf in Kaffe's Rowan Kidsilk Haze.