Kaffe Fassett & Candace Bahouth in Bath – Part 1

I adore the work of Kaffe Fassett. So when I heard about a new exhibition in Bath I had to see it.   The unexpected and jaw dropping surprise was discovering the mosaic art of  Candace Bahouth.
Kaffe Fassett quilts and a Mosaic shoe


My holiday to Devon and The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey is starting to become one of the ‘must have’  annual events in my calendar.
The drive down can take around five hours so I usually break the  journey for a few hours and take a wander around Bath. This year I’d heard about a new Kaffe Fasset exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery so I  just had to take a look.  
Kaffe Fassett’s 2014 exhibition at the American Museum In Bath had totally blown me away.  His volume of colour and pattern  had been truly deafening.

In Bath, Kaffe has collaborated with Candace Bahouth to create an exciting new exhibition. It incorporates many of his textiles and Candace’s beautiful, tactile, mosaic structures along side each other.  Each piece works in perfect harmony with one another.

Kaffe Fassett quilt and mosaic mirror

Walls of Colour

Kaffe Fassett has produced a collection of work that’s as colourful as ever. The walls of the long gallery, are painted in sections creating the perfect backdrop to his multi-coloured quilts.
Kaffe Fassett quilt
Kaffe Fassett quilt
Kaffe Fassett quilt
Kaffe Fassett quilt
Kaffe Fassett quilt
Kaffe Fassett quilt
His pieces included many large quilts sitting alongside smaller needlework cushion panels.
Kaffe Fassett quilts and mosaic mirrors

Broken Teacups

The work of Candace Bahouth is based around familiar forms such as mirrors, candlesticks, shoes, seats, vases, antlers and tree branches. Each one is turned into something magical with the addition of broken china and shards of mirror.

Kaffe Fassett quilts and mosaics

Her choice of colour and three dimensional detail varies from piece to piece making each one uniquely special.

Kaffe Fassett quilts and mosaics

The mosaic textures play beautifully with the reflecting light.

The large mirrors contain beautiful and delicate china flowers and reflect images of the colourful quilts. The larger structures incorporate teapots and shards of mirrored glass which bounce light around the room.

Kaffe Fassett quilts and mosaics

Kaffe Fassett quilts and mosaics

Look at these shoes!  Each tiny piece of broken china has been carefully selected and then enhanced with a colourful choice of grout.

Candace Bahouth mosaic shoe

Lots To See

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This wonderful exhibition is on at the Victoria Art Gallery until the 2nd September 2018 and I can heartily recommend a visit.
Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth exhibition poster
There’s may too much to share in one blog post so I’ve created a second blog post showcasing Candace’s large, mosaic mirror collection.
Are you a fan of Kaffe Fassett’s pattern and colour ? Have you created your own masterpiece with his textiles? Share your thoughts below.

2 Replies to “Kaffe Fassett & Candace Bahouth in Bath – Part 1”

  1. keep me busy all day still doing my star rug i started about 20 years ago and my cushion finished one sea house cushion from hughe’s catalogue and doing the rest as colors rooves and doors
    happy sewing travel companies could do tennessee quuilt tours as they fly to nashville as we went to amish patchwork town and shop where kaffee had sewing classes

    1. Thank you for sharing your Stitchery story – a sewing class with Kaffee is on my ‘To Do’ list. : )

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