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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Inspiration Fix: Kaffe Fassett at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Textiles Knitting Sewing Needlepoint
If you're not familiar with Kaffe Fassett, you should look him up! There's a pretty good chance that if you're reading this blog, you'll love him. He's a big hero of mine and an enormous inspiration - I finally got around to seeing his show at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London last week, and if you didn't get a chance to go, fear not, I took about 38359 photos. 
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Textiles Knitting Sewing Needlepoint
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Textiles Knitting Sewing Needlepoint
It was fascinating to see drawings and rough doodles in sketchbooks and on envelopes, as well as beautifully rendered finished pieces - it's always nice to see that my heros work in exactly the same way I do!
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Textiles Knitting Sewing Needlepoint
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Textiles Knitting Sewing Needlepoint
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Textiles Knitting Sewing Needlepoint
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Textiles Knitting Sewing Needlepoint
Unsurprisingly, the knitting was my favourite. Kaffe's use of colour and pattern is unparalleled.
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Textiles Knitting Sewing Needlepoint
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Everything was Do Not Touch, except for this wall - which was full of fabric samples and knitted swatches. 
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Aren't these button caps amazing? I'm a sucker for anything with buttons on.
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
I read somewhere that 'Colour is his medium of choice' and I think that's a very accurate description of his work, colour is his constant.
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Paintings for his textile designs.
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
Happy Daisy Kaffe Fassett Fashion Textiles Knitting Exhibition Needlepoint Sewing
You can learn more about Kaffe and see more of his work here.

I came out of the exhibition desperate to try my hand at needlepoint and mosaic, and convinced I should be doing a textiles degree. On a side note - it's been nearly a week since I've knitted anything, I'm hoping my hands improve soon, I'm getting withdrawals!

A ♥
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