Visit: Kaffe Fassett at the American Museum

Visit:  Kaffe Fassett at the American Museum

Saturday 23 August 2014

Inspired by the review of the Kaffe Fassett Exhibition in the last issue of WECS Wardrobe, this last minute, get-yourself-there visit will be an opportunity to see the exhibition without the crowds and also get up close to those wonderful quilts.

Be prepared to be absorbed into a world of colour and inspired to start a new knitting or stitching project.

The American Museum in Bath is the only American decorative and folk art museum outside the United States. It opened in 1961 and was the vision of four colleagues: Dr. Dallas Pratt (an American psychiatrist and collector), John Judkyn (a British born antiques dealer, who had become a United States citizen), Nick Bell Knight (a furniture restorer employed at nearby Freshford Manor, Judkyn's business base in Britain) and Ian McCallum, the Museum’s first Director. The textile room has Navajo weavings, hooked rugs and woven coverlets not to mention the magnificent quilt collection, which includes examples from the early eighteenth century to the mid twentieth century. The museum’s collection is presented in period rooms and on the lower floor has interactive galleries tracing the development of America and American culture.

We will start with coffee and cake on arrival and then have a 30-minute tour of the exhibition, which you will be able to return to at any time during the afternoon. The museum doesn't open to the public until twelve o'clock so we will have it to ourselves. We will then divide into smaller groups for a guided tour of the museum with at least half an hour in the textile room. From one o'clock you will be free to have lunch in the café or picnic in the beautiful grounds and spend the remainder of the day returning to or exploring parts of the museum at your leisure.

There will also be a Textile Fair in the afternoon so you will not be short of things to see or do.

The report on this event is included in the Autumn 2014 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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