October 02, 2014

Glorious colour in nature and art . . . and a little Kaffe Fassett

As September turns and makes way for October, I am amazed at the glorious weather we are still having. It has been so mild, I can still sit out in the garden and marvel at the sparks of remaining Summer colour showing here and there! The richness of the colours combined with the hues of Autumn weave a rich tapestry indeed.
 All that colour reminded me of the exhibition I saw during our Summer break "Kaffe Fassett: 50 years in colour".  I have long loved Kaffe's work and was lucky enough to fit in a visit to Aberdeen on our way home to see this!
And, wow was it worth the effort.  I have to say the exhibition itself was one of the most inspiring I seen, it made me want to dash right home and experiment with lots of colour and pattern. Below is a video Kaffe made for the launch at the gallery.

As soon as you entered the exhibition you were enveloped by the richness and pattern of Kaffe's work, sumptuous knitted garments for which he never follows a pattern but designs each as he knits, inspired in part by the colours he has chosen.
Fantastic mixtures of colour and shapes in his needlepoint. I very first came across his work when years ago my lovely Mom bought me one of his tapestry books and the materials to stitch one of the cushions.
It is one thing viewing these works in a book, but seeing them in "person",  all grouped together is inspiring indeed. His patchwork kept me mesmerised for ages, the mixing of patterns to create such intricate designs was wonderful.
I came away with a copy of his autobiography, "Dreaming in colour" and couldn't put it down. It is filled with beautiful images of his work and inspirations. I love the way he views the world and sees endless possibilities for his knitting, mosaics, patchwork, ceramics, etc.  You can read more about Kaffe here on his website. As you can see from the top left and middle image below, I love colour and have lots of pattern and colour splashed about our home. 
The crochet throw (shown top left) was made many moons ago by my Grandma. I was recently inspired by one of her patchwork creations to make a quilt for my Grandaughter. My daughter decided the colours: hot pink, turquoise, white and I have been collecting scraps of fabrics for ages (even some snippets of her baby clothes will be added). The trouble was I didn't quite know where to start, it is to be a throw for a single bed, quite a large piece for a first go at patchwork!  Seeing the patchwork at  the exhibition though was perfect timing, and now I am inspired at last and can't wait to see the end result, I'm hoping to have it made by Christmas!Talking of wee rascals, look who's staying with Grannie for a few days. The best kind of distraction! 
Not forgetting of course the winners of my "Blessing Tree" draw.  Thank you to all who took the time to enter, both here and through twitter and Facebook, I loved the replies I got so much I just had to choose two winners in the end: Susan King & Hazel Lightfoot. Congratulations ladies.
As the shadows lengthen and Autumn spreads her amber glow I shall leave you with one of my favourite quotes and some of the words shared by readers of their favourite reasons for loving Autumn ~ Enjoy!

The colors, the cool crisp air, the smell of leaves and apples, and I get to bring out my favourite scarves and boots! I could happily in eternal autumn.

Autumn... colours, leaves, berries, low sunshine and stunning sunsets x
the changing colours, the cooling weather, warm cardigans, kicking through crunchy leaves, warm puddings and custard.

Foggy mornings, spider webs looking like necklaces, porridge for breakfast, leaves turning and that lovely 'smell' in the air.

I love the warmth of the Sun and the cool air; I love the colors of the deciduous trees; I love the lighting at this time - it's such a clear light; I love Hallowe'en; my birthday is at the very end of Autumn so you know I must love the season since I was born into it!

The light, the light, the glorious light....

I love all the seasons, but being a person who loves color, Autumn in New England is really beyond astonishing EVERY single year. 

Here in Southern Wisconsin the Autumn leaves and colors are just starting to show...my favorite time of the year.

Autumn; I was born on a Wednesday in October, like a seed cast willy-nilly under the opulent leaves. Potential in waiting. And my mother named me Hazel, as the asplendent Harvest sun lit all the shells of my fruits. Autumn reminds us to let go; a reminder to surrender. As a creative farer, an artist, we carry this emblem to continue yielding to the Divine, allowing its imagery to flow through us, as rain through Autumn moss.

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  1. Hi Ruthie,
    Lovely to see you back blogging again, we have both been away from blogland for a while!
    The autumn weather has been wonderful this year and I have been enjoying the garden too, in our new home. I never thought I would get into gardening after renting! ;-)
    Your flower photos are wonderful and so pretty.
    Wow! That exhibition of tapestries is magical with all of those colours. I like sewing, but I don't think I would have the patience to create some of those beautiful pieces!
    Ah, the photo of you and your granddaughter is lovely. She is precious, like a little cherub and you look way too young to be a grannie!!! :-D
    Autumn Blessings,
    Jo. xx

    1. Dear Jo, thank you sweetie, it's good to be back. I do get so distracted though ;)

  2. Ahhhhhh KAFFE !!!!!
    (ha, your first lot of photos IS Kaffe Fassett !)

    Happy autumn (and you're a wonderful shadow !)

    1. Ha so they are! I never noticed ~ Happy Smiles x

  3. Oh, my, Ruthie -- those colors and textures are indeed rich and consuming! What a great experience...and walking away with his book.

  4. Amazing colours and patterns Ruthie. That crocheted throw takes me back years. It must have been a very popular pattern at the time as I remember seeing them in many a house. I wonder what happened to ours ? It's great to see that the tradition of crochet is alive and well in South West Scotland.

  5. Lovely post Ruthie - and welcome to the world of quilting. You'll love it! Glad you had the opportunity to see the exhibition. Gorgeous photo of you and your wee girl - isn't she growing up fast! I have a new blog, just getting it sorted out :) but do pop over and visit if you have time. Jules x

  6. Loving the feast of texture and colors here .
    WOnderful throw from your gram and what a gorgeous blanket you made
    for the cute grand wee one of yours .
    Just starting to get a good dose of that Autumn New England here in our neck of the woods now !

  7. Ruthie, an Inspirational exhibit, just glorious. I want that fruity chair, it's fabulous, as all his creations seem to be. My goodness, you are very lovely and young looking for a gramma, lucky you! Jeri

  8. I can see why your lovely flowers reminded you of Kaffe's art! wow!
    your grand baby is so lovely. How wonderful that you are making her a quilt!
    sweet autumn to you!


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