Monday, 29 September 2014

The joy of colour!!

A picture heavy post this week, and to be honest pictures speak louder than words!
I have returned from spending the weekend visiting the Kaffe Fasset 50 years of colour exhibition in the Scottish city of Aberdeen. His first solo exhibition in Scotland.

I made it by the skin of my teeth, the final day of the exhibition.I had been excited since I heard of its imminent arrival but had had to wait till Saturday to experience for myself the glorious explosion of Fasset technicolour!!

 As a textile student in the 1980s  Kaffe Fasset was hugely influential, both to me and many other textile students
 I still adore his use of pattern, and opulent colour. As soon as I walked into the exhibition I was filled with Joy.... The joy of colour!

Each section was themed,

faces and animals


early works

with a huge inspiration wall

And insights into how traditional Kilim designs were translated into knitted designs.

Abstract and geometric patterns in both knitted and quilted designs

fabulous florals.... and  his trademark cabbages

the displays were mouthwatering

I adore this fruity chair covered in fruity needlpoint. The  duck egg blue is so beautiful!

The quilts were amazing

This one I particulary loved.

Also  on show were some of  his wonderful paintings used to inspire his work.

I love this painting......

And this knitted hanging!

having studied Tapestry weaving at University the above tapestry really blew me away.

And finally these two little needlepont plates..... how adorable!!

If you want to find out more about Kaffe Fasset I bought a copy of his wonderful autobiography which is well worth delving into.

Linking up to paint party friday


  1. Wonderful post and such inspiration. One could say he knows his colors. I have adored his work for many many years. For a person that get inspired just by seeing colors, he's gold worth.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. It's so lovely to hear you were able to see Kaffe's exhibiton! It's really wonderful isn't it? I'm so happy to see that they didn't repeat the display exactly the same as the one I saw in Bath earlier this year, it just shows how creative he is at adapting his work with each place! I'll bet your next painting will be brimming with colour! xx

  3. The knitted hanging in blue and wonderful. What a fantastic treat this post was! Thank you for sharing your experience with us...I could hear the oooo's and aaaahhhh's as you walked through it all. Splendor!

  4. Oh how wonderful for you to enjoy all this and share it with us. I really love that chair too, it brings joy just to look at, such a happy colourful piece, that would brighten any room!

  5. Oh how I love his work, back in the day I used to do tapestry and loved his use of colour, I think I did one of his flower carpets. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  6. wow Morag, thank you for sharing all these wonderful pieces, truly inspirational. Happy PPF, Annette x

  7. Thanks very much for this. I would have liked to go to this exhibition but didn't make it, so your blogpost here is very welcome.

  8. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful artwork with us, Morag. I am so in love with that chair

  9. oooohhhh, I could walk around in a place like that for a whole day and still not tire ..... I so love his abundant use of colours. It makes me happy just looking at the pictures.

  10. So stunning, fills my heart with so much JOY!! Wow so happy you got these photos! I enlarged them and almost felt like I was there! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous images with us! What an amazing array of pattern and color! So inspirational for me!!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. What a delight and I missed it! I'm kicking myself :(
    Thank you so much for posting so many wonderful photos highlighting so many wonderful and colourful exhibits.
    I have a chair like the fruity chair but mine's very boring in comparison.
    Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF to you

  12. Wow wow wow what a magnificent display of art. I really want that chair. LOL. You are so fortunate to have been there.

  13. I was a knitter since age 9. I have many KF books and have knitted his patterns. Thanks for the eye candy today, Morag. Wish I could have see the pieces in person.

  14. Wow! I envy you for seeing this. I saw his exhibition in 2006 in Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, but it's clearly been too long - I could use another colour burst like that!


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