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Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography

by Kaffe Fassett

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This is a lavishly illustrated autobiography as seems appropriate for the maker of such lush and vibrant textile works. It open one's eyes to colour and to thinking about the colours of one's country and culture.

Kaffe Fassett's life is a lesson in ageing joyfully and actively - he will be 81 in December 2018. I noted that he was introduced to swimming in Highgate Ponds and that reminded of the fine book called "Pondlife: a swimmers journal" by Al Alvarez.

In an autobiography one shouldn't be commenting on a life - it is what it is but I do admire that Fassett has worked with both the aristocracy/upper class in the UK as well as with craftspeople from Third World countries such as India.

It is noteworthy that he can pinpoint particular sources which have been game-changers for him in his evolution as a craftsman artist. The example he gives on pp.110-111 - an Indian painting which is stunning in its combination of colours and story.

He can also point to other artists who have been his inspiration such as: Odilon Redon, Morandi and Antonio Gaudi.

This book is easy to read and very complementary to his other books such as Kaffe Fassett's V & A quilts. ( )
  louis69 | Mar 27, 2018 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is entertainingly written; I found I could not put it down waiting to see what happened next. I have been an admirer of Kaffe Fassett's work and books since the 80's. Often you find that an autobiography written by an artist you admire does not seem to live up to the person you believe you have gotten to know through his or her work. This book does that an more. It's a wonderful slice of life in the 60's in swinging London as well as a detailed map to what influenced Fassett and how he works. I highly recommend this book! ( )
  Ahhburne | Sep 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158479996X, Hardcover)

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.

Praise for Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color:

“Kaffe Fassett is to color what Julia Child was to French cooking.” —Knitters Review

“Lavishly illustrated with photographs from his life and work and dishing on everyone from Dustin Hoffman to Princess Margaret, Dreaming in Color describes a charmed life filled with creativity, big personalities, travels and not a little serendipity.” —Vogue Knitting

“Shapes and patterns are everywhere; they lie waiting for the person who wants to see them. It's the bricolage aspect behind his work and, arguably, Fassett himself: arranging disparate things to create something dynamic and new.” —Vogue Knitting

“This book would be a beautiful gift to receive or give. It is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”
—Examiner.com

“A glance through his new autobiography shows that this is a man who, in design terms, hit the ground running and has never stopped.” —Selvedge magazine

“Dreaming in Color, lavishly illustrated with 500 color pictures, is a feast for the eyes.” —Shelf Awareness

“Reading this book is like peeling an orange on a gray winter’s day—every single one of your senses is sparked as you get sprayed with infectious creativity.” —Knitty.com

“Kaffe Fassett is a luminary in the world of textiles and knitting, spreading the gospel of color in his books and travels.” —The Houston Chronicle

“It is a beautiful book, no question. Beautifully designed, thoughtfully composed, well-written, Kaffe takes you on his creative journey. We all—quilters, knitters, needlepointers, and just plain art lovers—are indeed very fortunate that he would share all of this with the world.” —Getting Stitched on the Farm
“Fassett is a kind of Harrison Ford of the knitting world….” —The Washington Post

“Kaffe Fassett is a luminary in the world of textiles and knitting, spreading the gospel of color in his books and travels.”—The Houston Chronicle

“His book not only tells the stories of his life, but shows them as well, containing 300 images that feature his designs, his paintings, family photographs and more.” -- The Monterey Herald

“An autobiography from Kaffe Fassett is like the Super Bowl of books!” —The New Jersey Courier News
“Dreaming in Colour presents a spellbinding autobiography.” —Suite101.com

“The book is full of pictures of his creations, his travels and things that inspire him, so it’s safe to say it’s a colorful book as well as a colorful story. You will enjoy reading about this creative life and will probably be inspired to make your own life a little more colorful.” —CraftGossip.com

“It’s a must-have for every quilter’s coffee table.” —McCall’s Quilting magazine


“This book is a gorgeous coffee table treasure but it is so much more than the vibrant photos, it is a moving and interesting autobiography and I am so glad it has been published. What a treat to read, hold, soak in and enjoy.” Susan B. Anderson blog

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:10 -0400)

Chronicles the life of the famous fashion designer, from his childhood in Big Sur, California, to his time spent designing for such private clients as Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand.

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