Kaffe Fassett


Kaffe Fassett is not afraid of colour and pattern. Even if you're not into quilting (or knitting or needlework, his other areas of expertise), it is well worth your time to look at Kassett's work for its exuberant hues and daring excessive designs. More is more in his world and though it is not often to my taste, one could definitely be inspired to pair some shocking textiles together for some graphic punch amongst a calmer backdrop.

This image of Kaffe is from his most recent book, Dreaming in Color (published by Abrams). Publisher's synoposis:

Kaffe Fassett has led an extraordinary life and is a captivating storyteller with a vivid memory. Born in 1937, he spent much of his youth in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place for artists and bohemians. After attending a boarding school run by the disciples of Krishnamurti, an Indian guru, he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then traveled to England, where he made his home. After an inspiring trip to Inverness, Scotland, Fassett began designing knitwear for Bill Gibb, and then the Missonis, Vogue magazine, and private clients like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand, and, in the process, revolutionized the handknitting world with his explosive use of color. Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rugmaking, tapestries, yarn and fabric design, costume and set design, and quilting. Now in his seventies, Fassett continues to produce new work and to travel worldwide to teach and lecture. In this intimate autobiography, Fassett shares rich, detailed stories about his lifelong creative journey as well as hundreds of glorious photos taken along the way.