Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour

My first visit to the Fashion and Textile Museum in London was to see the exhibition ‘Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour’. Do I need to tell you Kaffe’s life story? Just in case you are not familiar here is a summary. Kaffe Fassett was born in California and became an artist. As a young man, he moved to London. On a trip to Scotland, he visited a yarn warehouse and inspired by the scenery, he bought yarns of many colours. On the train back to London, someone taught him to knit. The rest, as they say, is history. That, at least, is what most knitters will tell you.

At the beginning of the exhibition is a small room which many people might have missed. The theme was Kaffe’s early years; as well as photos from his childhood there was the cardigan that he started knitting on that train!

Kaffe's first knit

We then walked down a corridor where there were some of Kaffe’s paintings. I like this painting of shells.

Shell painting by Kaffe Fassett

Some needlepoints and hand-knits were displayed with the blue and white ceramics which inspired them.

Blue and white

The next room had fantastic hand-knit throws and patchwork quilts displayed on pillars. They were simply stunning! There was also a wall covered in samples you could touch (lovely idea).

Knitted throws designed by Kaffe Fassett

The colours are really joyful!

Coloured throw by Kaffe Fassett

Upstairs was a display of knitted garments arranged by colour palette. As with any artist’s work, it is better to see the actual piece, rather than a photo (especially some of my photos, which had to be taken without flash).

Knitted garments by Kaffe Fassett

This was adjacent to a large room packed with a variety of needlepoints and patchwork. I felt I had been immersed in a photoshoot for Glorious Needlepoint! A Life in Colour is a well-chosen title – whatever the technique, there was colour everywhere.

Kaffe Fassett exhibition

And a totally different colour mood; this is beautiful in a very different way!

Tumbling Blocks by Kaffe Fassett

I enjoyed spotting famous designs such as Foolish Virgins.

Foolish Virgins by Kaffe Fassett

As well as things I had made such as the Pear cushion.

Pear cushion designed by Kaffe Fassett

And the Ikon jacket.

Ikon jacket by Kaffe Fassett

I saw the Apple cushion, which I am still working on.

Apple cushion by Kaffe Fassett

And a few things I should like to make, such as the Bloom wall-hanging.

Bloom by Kaffe Fassett

I left ‘A Life in Colour’ with my head spinning from so much inspiration!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jackie Ang

    I am interested about the price for BLOOM by Kaffe Fassett and how can I place an order.

    1. Being Knitterly

      Hi Jackie, it is beautiful, isn’t it! Try contacting Kaffe Fassett Studio (http://www.kaffefassett.com). They should be able to tell you if a kit is available and, if so, where to buy it.

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