There are two interesting needlework exhibits to see this summer. The first is an exhibition of quilts in Bexley (south east of London, near Dartford), curated by author Tracy Chevalier. The second is a retrospective fabric artist Kaffe Fassett’s work in Bath.
Things We Do in Bed – Quilt Exhibition
1 April – 31 October 2014
Bexley Heritage Trust, Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ
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The new exhibition, Things We Do in Bed, celebrating the historic and contemporary art of quilting, is curated by best-selling novelist Tracy Chevalier. The show features traditional historical quilts dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and contemporary quilted work from artists, including Grayson Perry, Sara Impey, Karina Thompson, Michele Walker and prisoners through Fine Cell Work. Tracy Chevalier is an internationally best-selling author of seven novels. In her most recent book, The Last Runaway, her heroine is a quilter.
Note that Red House (National Trust), the Arts and Crafts home of William Morris, is nearby.
The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett
World-renowned knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett returns to the American Museum in Britain to celebrate his fifty years working as an artist and colourist. Kaffe Fassett changed the world of knitting and needlepoint with his books and patterns in the 1980s. He then went on the change the world of quilting with his innovative fabric designs.
I have been a fan of Kaffe Fassett since I read one of his knitting books in the early 1980s. While I have never had the skill to do one of his knitting patterns, I have done some of his needlework designs (see one of them below), and I am going to attempt one of his quilt designs soon. I met Kaffe Fassett at a crafts exhibit in Vancouver in the 1980s and his is a lovely man. I also visited his family’s restaurant in Big Sur on the coast of California (Nepenthe), where they had a display of his work.
Join the Kaffe Fassett Collective on Facebook to get daily posts from people using his fabrics.