I've been a lifelong fan (well since the 80s) of this man and first saw him in Covent Garden when he gave a lecture on knitting.
Since then I've followed his career from knitting to tapestry to quilting, completed many of his kits and patterns along the way and own way too many of his books (but they are lovely to look at!). Finally today, I made it to the exhibition in Bath. I've been on holiday for the past two weeks. It's been rather an up and down two weeks, this being my third attempt to get there. The first time, the M5 was blocked due to a
rolled coach. It took me 2 hours to travel one junction and when I eventually managed to leave the motorway to go another route, the roads were jammed and the satnav estimated I wouldn't get there until
after the exhibition had closed. I was planning to go again yesterday but having got home from a couple of days away, discovered our son had accidentally left the freezer door open and EVERYTHING in the
freezer had defrosted (this was yer full sized 6ft high freezer). It was pretty devastating so yesterday hubby and I spent the whole day cooking everything that we could rescue. Must admit though, we've got lots of
ready meals now. Anyway today it was third time lucky, finally I made it and oh what a joy, it was well worth the wait. As you can see, Kaffe is all about colour and as you can see from the top pictures and
here, the entrance walls were painted a wonderful shade of pink (and I'm not a pink girl!).
Inside the theme was continued with one strong colour on the walls in each area of the exhibition. For me, it
was like meeting up with old friends. Some of these knitted items are so familiar to me (I've knitted quite a number of Kaffe's patterns over the years) and to see some of the patterns in real life for the first time was a
delight. One room was painted in lime green and most of the textiles creations within it were vegetables
and fruit. I've had this tapestry below on a postcard in my collection for years and again, to see the real
thing was wonderful. The tumbling blocks pattern below is actually knitted - I believe on a circular needle - imagine the weight of that on your needles!
As you can see, there was colour everywhere
I absolutely LOVE the quilt below. I'm going to have to have a go at making it, even though I'm not sure my quilting skills are up to it. Since I started quilting at the beginning of this year, it's been my end game to make a Kaffe Fassett quilt.
I called this picture "the cauliflower years." :) I've never seen cauliflowers look so good as the ones created here.
I don't think this is Kaffe but he looks very chipper dressed up in his pink flowers. lol
Below is the green room, all decked out in textiles showing mainly vegetables
...and here is one of the display cases with one of Kaffe's many quilts on view at the end.
You can see how beautifully the colour schemes were thought through.
The tree outside the exhibition wasn't left out either. I have no idea how they managed to decorate it so high
up (well ladder I guess).
Even the lamp posts were yarn bombed.
Of course, I couldn't resist coming away without a couple of souvenirs and they just happened to feature my favourite quilt.