‘The Power of Pattern’

‘The Power of Pattern’ is the title of an exhibition currently showing at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. It celebrates the work of designer Kaffe Fassett and of the other two designers in the Kaffe Fassett Collective, namely Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs. I have followed Kaffe’s career with interest for many years, through the time devoted to needlepoint, knitting, fabric design and quilting. It was useful to be reminded by the introductory video at the beginning of the show that Kaffe Fassett began his creative life in the UK as an artist. Interestingly, the painting below shows objects laid out on a patchwork quilt.

Painting by Kaffe Fassett reproduced in the introductory film to ‘The Power of Pattern’ at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

These are just a few of the delights of the exhibition. Below is a dress made in 2021 by dressmaker Karen Hughes using the ‘Floating Peony’ fabric

‘Floating Peony Dress’ by Karen Hughes

Quilts in the exhibition included this astonishing piece by Danny Amazonas (see the post here for another example of his work). This is called ‘Levitate’ and was made in 2018.

‘Levitate’ by Danny Amazonas

A look at the detail of the surface shows how the pieces of fabric (including many Kaffe Fassett Collective designs) have been cut and combined to created the three-dimensional illusion.

Detail from ‘Levitate’ by Danny Amazonas

The quilt below ‘Tusker Bill’ was made in 2022 by Sophie Standing.

‘Tusker Bill’ by Sophie Standing

Once again, a close look at this fabulous piece highlights the skill with which the fabrics have been selected and used.

Detail from ‘Tusker Bill’ by Sophie Standing

As a fabric designer, I thoroughly enjoyed the room-full of artwork for fabric designs, with sets of colourways beneath and indications of how the repeats could fall on the edges.

‘Busy Lizzie’ fabric design from the Kaffe Fassett Collective

Among a collection of shirts made up in fabric designs from the collective, my favourite was the ‘Tiddly Winks’ design in this colourway.

Shirt made up in ‘Tiddlywinks’ fabric from the Kaffe Fassett Collective

The exhibition runs until 12 March 2023, Tuesdays to Saturdays 11.00-18.00

The Fashion and Textile Museum is at 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE13XF

The website is: www.fashionandtextilemuseum.org

Later this week, I am teaching my ‘Make Friends with your Sewing Machine‘ class. If you love Textiles and want to use a sewing machine or if you own a machine but don’t know how to use it, this is a useful class. I teach one-to-one and will gear the half-day class to your needs. For more information and a link to book, go to the ‘Classes’ page here.

Published by Amanda Jane Textiles

I am an artist, designer and maker living in Ramsgate, UK

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