Saturday, 4 May 2013



I've never been keen on Kaffe Fassett. All those lurid jumpers - did anybody ever wear them? You'd look like a knitted dumpling - and those ghastly vegetable tapestries that were advertised in every colour mag in the 1980s.
But as I'd walked as far as Borough Market the other day, I thought I might as well walk a bit further and take a look at this Fashion Museum exhibition, and I must admit it was a blast of colour. (I liked Sue Timney's exhibition design much more than anything that was on display.)
No, I wasn't converted. The needlepoint leek is an artform that I am clearly never going to love. I love the colours of the quilts but there's something so sterile about them; they're just expensive fabric snipped up and stitched back together again; they don't have the organic feel of quilts that have been pieced together over time.
Kaffe Fassett was sitting quietly in a corner waiting for the onslaught of ladies who were queueing outside the door to get in for his talk. Poor man ...
It was like seeing Alan Titchmarsh being mugged by the HRT mob at the Chelsea Flower Show.

6 comments:

Cosy Books said...

HRT mob...thank goodness my teacup was empty. I burst out laughing and Taylor cast a glance over her shoulder as she was leaving the house. Well, there's just no point in explaining it to someone under twenty five, is there!

Sue said...

You are spot on Mary.

Toffeeapple said...

I don't know how people can even think in rooms full of colour and pattern. I don't feel calm in front of a riot of colour.

Martha said...

You can admire even if you don't have it in your home. That's like modern art, I can appreciate but would never hang it in my own home -- but it's nice in a gallery!

mary said...

I don't know, Martha, I'm like Sue. I think he's hugely over-rated.

Toffeeapple, a friend of mine painted her bedroom shocking pink all over. Very striking - but I couldn't have slept a wink.

Darlene, she'll turn into us one day!

Fay said...

The designs are so vivid and cheering. I love his work but as interior design, they suit my idea of children's rooms. Chirpy and optimistic and fun. He captures a mood that many other artists ignore, and I like him for it.