Sunday, February 14, 2016

Kafffe Fassett Exhibition at the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown

Hi Dear Folk,

On Saturday I was able to visit the Kaffe Fassett born 1936, exhibition at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA.  The museum used to be the old Bucks County Jail.

The museum was named after James A. Michener who was a Doylestown resident, he wrote such books as Tales of the South Pacific on which the famous musical South Pacific was based.

I found out about the exhibit by chance through reading Vintage Traveller Blog about the Drexell University Penny Fox Costume Collection and that took me to an exhibit coming up at the Michener, for this collection, which took me to the current exhibit and I thought that would be lovely to see and right on my doorstep.  It was such a thrill to be able to attend an exhibition of his work, now I am going to look out for some of his books.

It also led me to become a Museum Member because they have several events coming up in the year which I would like to see, including the photographer who took that iconic photo of the Afghanistani girl that appeared on front of National Geographic magazine, see here for the museum and events.

This is the outside of the museum.

Still life with Quilt 1980, an acrylic on canvas

Early in his career, Kaffe Fassett was inspired by the pictorial possibilities of patchwork in his paintings.  He made a number of still life's of patterned china and porcelain on top of quilts or other textiles, like Still Life with Quilt from 1980, the year he met Stephen Sheard of Rowan Yarns.  It was this Painting that inspired Liza Prior Lucy to urge Kaffe to begin designing patchwork - he was already doing it in pigment, she argued, why not in fabric?  The two have since collaborated on a number of books of patchwork designs and Lucy, an accomplished patchwork designer herself, interpreted Kaffe's Rustic Chequerboard Medallion in deep jewel tones of purple and red.

Still Life with Kimono, acrylic on canvas.

Birds in town gorging themselves with the fruit from this tree, not sure what it is.



  1. I was surprised when I read this as I have always associated Kaffe Fassett with knitting patterns never quilts. I assume from the colours that it is the same person. The colours are gorgeous. The museum sounds really interesting.

  2. I'm going to try this again, Christy! I don't have the best of luck commenting on your blog, which I love! Must be something going on with the interface between our two tech systems. Can't figure it out, but here goes!

    1. Hi Diane, You were successful. So glad you were able to comment and I am glad that you enjoy my blog. I do so appreciate all the comments that people leave.


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