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I recently went to the fabulous Kaffe Fassett Exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London. I was really glad I made the effort to go. It was really interesting to see the work of someone else who also worked in several media (knitting, quilting, textile designs, ceramics) and see how his style translated into the different materials.

The museum is quite small, but the work was detailed so it was good to be able to get up close and have a good look at it. There was also a "touching wall" which had loads of samples of fabrics stapled to it so you could really get a good look at them - definitely something I'd like to try at home! The framed samples of knitting were also really fun - a great way to show off trial pieces.

I found the sketches of fabric designs very interesting - especially the way the repeats were marked and how all the different colours used were in little boxes along the bottom of the page.

There was also a DVD running on repeat which was called "Kaffe's Colour Quest", which I sat and watched all the way through - it was really interesting as it showed him visiting India and Vietnam with a cameraman and showing where he had found his inspiration, particularly in terms of pattern and structure with a particular interest in the patterns people create.

I loved the way that the quilts were displayed wrapped around pillars, and cushions were suspended from the ceiling in stripy circles. I also liked the way that some of the patterns within the patchwork squares were quilted too - gave a new dimension to the work.

The concept of "no white between colours" is something I've been thinking about for a while especially in regard to my silk painting. I think I may have to do some more work on the "hidden gutta lines" technique as that will enable me to put colours directly next to each other which will make a lot of difference to the way they work together.

I'm so glad I went, and I also popped in to London Glassblowing on the way back and watched some great demonstrations - more on that in my next post!

Did you go to see the exhibition? What did you think of it?
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