Saturday, March 15, 2008

Kaffe Fassett

Today to a long-awaited event with my friend, Alison. A visit to the Warner Textile Archive to see the collection of woven fabrics and textile pieces from the days of the silk mill in Braintree.
Then, a piece of astonishing luck. We were heading for a village hall not a mile from where we had lunch but became spectacularly lost, driving in a circle, so that we arrived with minutes to spare, instead of half an hour early as planned.
To our amazement, and the chagrin of those already seated, we were ushered to the front row, from where we had an uninterrupted view of the great man himself.
He gave a talk, as a commentary on a series of slides of his work and what inspired it. Brendon Mably managed the slides.
At times gasps of amazement or spontaneous applause greeted particular items, pricipally the quilts. It was a great afternoon, competed by the book-signing. I hand over the book to a man who has given me great pleasure over nearly thirty years and I find I have nothing to say. He, however, tells me he likes the colours in my waistcoat, which is the brown Toothed Stripe, one of his most vibrant designs. Imagine that.
Piles of wonderful textiles were strewn across the stage, and more were pulled from a holdall.

Kaffe Fassett signing my book.


catmum said...

Hello Shandy, thanks for the comment about the Annetrelac socks on my blog. Yes, they are quite stretchy across the ankle, no issue with them fitting easily on and off. I've heard that all around entrelac for a complete sock might not be an easy fit, but I've seen several patterns of them on Ravelry, so there must be some adjustment possible. These fit great!

Mrs. Lear said...

I don't know what makes me more jealous: your gorgeous vest you are wearing in the photo or sitting in the front row at a Kaffe presentation!

Janet said...

Lucky you attending the Kaffe Fassett presentation. He has been an inspiration for many years. It must be at least 20 years ago that I attended an exhibition by him in the V&A. I queued for ages and then there was such a press in the small room devoted to the exhibition - but it was all worth it.

Rooie said...

Oh lucky you.

I have all his books - well, the knitting ones - and have always been scared to try one of his patterns. I should just take a deep breath and take the plunge, shouldn't I? After all, it's only knitting.