This visit was no different - it was just as exciting for me as the first time I welcomed Kaffe and Brandon to Toowoomba. The first time they visited was just after the flood waters had receded and we were all in need of an injection of colour, light and creative inspiration in our lives. This visit was no different. Everyone attending the Colour Lecture or Shadow Pinwheels Class came with open hearts and minds ready to absorb all they saw and heard - no one was disappointed.
Vacy Hall was home for Kaffe and Brandon for their visit. Originally built in 1873 it was destroyed by fire and was replaced by the current masonry building in 1899.
Vacy Hall is listed by the National Trust of Australia, The Queensland Heritage Council and the Australian Heritage Commission as a place of National Historical significance because it demonstrates aspects of Queensland’s history, in particular the development of Toowoomba as a prestigious residential location for Darling Downs pastoralists.
One would imagine that a lecture on colour would be filled with technical aspects of the colour wheel and technical terms and measures. You would be delighted to know that isn't the case when it comes to Kaffe and Brandon. We were inspired, entertained and left amazed at the importance of colour in these talented artists lives. It consumes them both equally. Kaffe talked about his younger years and his move to London, where he was warned not to get involved in the craft movement - how different his life may have been if he had listened. You cannot get more "craftier" than mosaics, tapestry, knitting and patchwork. How lucky for us.
Designed by Brandon this dolly quilt would be perfect to celebrate the arrival of a little one.....
Kaffe shared with us how important it is to sew stripes accurately (not!!!)
We were given an insight into the process of choosing locations for their many beautiful books - currently the boys are working on three new books to be published in the next year. With upcoming exhibitions at the American Museum in Britain, Bath and the Quilt Musuem and Gallery, York and new fabric ranges due for release, 2014 is going to be another year filled with the joy of working with colour.
Stay tuned for part two Shadow Pinwheels.......happy stitching until then.......lisa