On our day in London the first stop was the Fashion & Textiles Museum in Bermondsey to see this bijou exhibition of the work of Kaffe Fassett. Packed into the small galleries was a riot of colour, from his drawings, through mosaic-ed pottery, to tapestries, quilts, and of course fabulous knitwear. It was a real holiday for the senses, and an uplifting experience which refreshed our lust for life.I have a real love of blue, and blue and white ceramics especially, and so the pottery-inspired elements were of particular interest to me, as was the touchy-feely sensory wall.
After the rich experience of the exhibition we were refreshed by lovely Bermondsey, followed by a long walk across Tower Bridge and all the way to the National Gallery where we hoped to take one of the free tours they offer. Unfortunately so many other people had the same idea that we decided to wander around the Impressionist works, and then to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Native American Indian portraits. They were very vivid and had a real immediacy to them, perhaps because the artist knew he was documenting a culture which was sadly on the wain.
Later in the week we visited the seaside, and the highlight of that day is definitely summed up by this glorious image. How lucky we are! We had to top that day off with fish and chips, surely it would have been some sort of crime not to?