Tuesday 11 June 2013

Kaffe Fassett (American-born English artist)

* Kaffe Fassett ― widely acknowledged as a visionary in the use of colour ― has Venus in the first degree of Sagittarius in the 2nd House, her natural domicile.


Kaffe Fassett (born 1937) (rhymes with 'safe asset') is an American-born artist who is best known for his colourful designs in the decorative arts — needlepoint, patchwork, knitting, painting and ceramics. "Colour is his very medium, whatever the substance he uses."

He is the great-grandson of the wealthy businessman, lawyer and United States Congressman Jacob Sloat Fassett, and it was his great-great grandparents who founded the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. He received a scholarship to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at the age of 19, but shortly left school to paint in London and moved there to live in 1964.

Fassett's work attracts a considerable following. His work was the subject of a 1988 one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the first time a living textile artist had such a show there. The show toured nine countries.

Being more concerned with colour and design, Fassett has collaborated with quilter and teacher, Liza Prior Lucy, on the construction side of things since the 1980s. Working as a team has enabled Kaffe to design quilts, fabric, stage sets, and costumes for the Royal Shakespeare Company, while staying engaged in making rag rugs, knitting, tapestries, and mosaics.

Author of more than 30 books, Fassett concentrates on teaching the colour and design stages of craftwork rather than the construction stage. In addition to books, he has hosted craft-related television and radio programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, including his own showGlorious Colour.

His fabric prints are largely for the patchwork market along with Indian stripes fabric and shot cotton fabric range.

An exhibition of Fassett's quilts, knitting and needlepoint at the Modemuseum Hasselt, Belgium in 2007, followed a multimedia solo show in 2006 at the Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde, Sweden. He made a workshop tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


BIRTH DATA: Frank Havrah Fassett, 7 December 1937, 02:47 (2:47 a.m.) PST (+8), San Francisco, California, USA (37n46, 122w25). ASC: 20 Libra. RR: A/B (from autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes Kaffe Fassett, Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography (New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2012), p. 13: "I was born on December 7, 1937, at 2:47 a.m., at the Children's Hospital in San Francisco." Full name from the online California birth index.

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