Sunday, 16 November 2014

Crafting inspiration

One of our half term treats was a trip to the American Museum in Bath to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition, just in the nick of time before it finished. (Thank you Jean at Shrimpton and Perfect whose blog post about the exhibition jogged my memory).

An American-born artist, Kaffe is known for his colourful designs. He started out as a traditional artist but after a trip to Scotland fell in love with yarns, learned to knit, and since then has worked across many crafts including knitting, patchwork and needlepoint. Kaffe is the primary knitwear designer for Rowan Yarns.

You couldn't not love this exhibition. 

Outside we were greeted by a tree of pom poms, decorative lampshade thingies and some yarn bombing.



A colourful medley of Kaffe's books, rugs, artwork, wool and cushions began the exhibition enticingly.



Need I say more? The photos speak for themselves...

This one's for my sister - she loves tatting!

Beautiful quilts


Even the beige section was fun 
A huge Hollyhock needlepoint

Gorgeous knitting
Although the Kaffe Fassett exhibition is over now, the museum and grounds are well worth a visit in themselves; they are in a fantastic location - high up on a hill at Claverton, on the edge of Bath, with views to die for. 

We last visited the museum when Daughter was in her Pocahontas phase as the museum has a good section on the Native American Indians but there are many interesting displays about the development of America and replica rooms from different periods of American history, featuring authentic furniture and artefacts. The museum also boasts a spectacular collection of quilts. 

My knitting mojo did resurface after this in the form of a purchase of a big ball of wool in Aldi (Kaffe probably doesn't source much of his yarn there but if he doesn't mind the high acrylic content he'd love their colourful yarns, I'm sure...) This is for knitting a present for my sister.

If she's lucky it may be completed in time for her 50th* birthday.

* She's currently in her early 40s

8 comments:

  1. I love Kaffe Fassett's work. All those colours make me so happy x

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    1. I know they're really cheerful colours aren't they?!

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  2. Come back to Leicestershire and sit knitting on my sofa like you did last week - that may speed up the project. Blessings xx

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    1. Such a tempting offer!! I don't think you'll be doing much sitting around over the next few weeks though with your big move in the new year...

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  3. I went too, it was colourful wasn't it. I love the museum, especially it's location, although the staff were rather unfriendly on my last visit, and we were made to feel a little unwelcome.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Sorry you had a bad experience with the staff though. They were great when we went and very patient with my kids in the rooms of the main museum.

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  4. It's very interesting to hear you talk about the American Museum here across the pond. I would have loved the exhibit. It reminded me somewhat of the Sheep and Wool Festival I went to last year. There were a lot of textile arts although most of them focused on wool. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I remember the sheep festival! I wonder what you'd make of the museum if you visited!

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