On July 16 more than 150 quilters and friends filled the Saint Mary’s University Scotiabank Conference Theatre to hear Kaffe Fasset present his lecture on “Glorious Colour”.
The event – a joint presentation of the Mahone Bay, Mariner’s and Mayflower quilt guilds – provided lots of colour inspiration. In the lobby, there was a chance to admire some of the newest Kaffe Fasset fabrics at the Suttles & Seawinds pop up store.
On entering the lecture hall audience members encountered a gorgeous display of quilts in a variety of styles and colours. Thanks to all the guild members who answered the call to bring quilts to share.
Brandon Mably, Kaffe’s longtime design partner, provided some background and introduced Kaffe, in the process, clearing up what has been a mystery to some: the correct pronunciation of ‘Kaffe Fasset’ rhymes with ‘safe asset’.
Kaffe spoke about his work, his travels and his inspiration. His work and designs are always so colourful and vibrant that it was a surprising to hear that early in his career he eschewed colour. It was a great opportunity to see how he finds colour inspiration and uses it in his design for knitting, needlepoint, quilts, and rugs. After the presentation, he answered questions and signed books. Many of us have been familiar with his work so it was a thrill to have a chance to have him share some ideas. Barbara Robson has shared some more photos here. It is hard to get the full impression from pictures of his slides but I highly recommend you pick up one of his spectacular books.
The American Museum in Bath currently has a special exhibit called Kaffe 2014, the Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett, of which Kaffe writes:
This is the grandest show of my career – every item is part of an intricate opera of colour. I have always wanted this approach to my work, but other museum designers and curators have steered me to a rather mixed approach in my exhibitions.
This show is so unique to me because it explains in a visceral way my growing obsession with the power of colour. My hope and conviction is that this exhibition at the American Museum in Britain will show the grey and beige clad young the sensual thrill of pure colour. I still feel vital! I want my message to come across in this mood altering show – I’m flying high on colour.
This show is closer to my desires than ever before in my many, many presentations around the world.
The show is happening until November 2014. If you can’t make it there in person, visit the American Museum online.
Congratulations to all the prize winners:
- Mahone Bay basket: Mimi Johnson
- Mariner’s basket (shown above): Martha Pratt
- Mayflower gift bag: Ann Munroe
- Suttles & Seawinds door prize: Mollie Hardy
- Mariner’s 50/50 draw: Heather MacLean
It was great fun and everyone that I spoke to after the event was brimming with ideas and motivation. Judging by the response and enthusiasm it was a big success. I look forward to future collaborations between our guilds. And, of course, to seeing quilts inspired by the glorious colours of Kaffe Fasset.