Kaffe Fassett

An early picture of Kaffe when he was a young student

The  Fashion and Textile Museum is currently hosting “A life in Colour’ 50 years of textile art,  showcasing the work of Kaffe Fassett . After the recent  dark days and  freezing weather conditions we have just been  experiencing  it is such a pleasure and contrast to  walk into the orange and pink building, that is the Fashion and Textile museum, and be  greeted by an explosion of colour and pattern.

Patchwork quilt

Patch work quilt

The exhibition has been put together by designer Sue Timney and is divided into colour pallets and  different time periods  of Kaffe’s work.


Trained as a painter in California, when Kaffe came to London, to study at St.Martin’s school of art,  he shared a flat with Bill Gibb the fashion designer. Gibb introduced him to Scotland and Kaffe fell in love with the place and its colours.


So inspired was he that he purchased knitting needles, and wool in the colours of the landscape. On the train home, he asked a fellow passenger to teach him to knit. She did and by the time he reached London his first sweater was under way. This was the start of a career in textiles including knitting, tapestry, print, and more recently patchwork.

Patchwork made from striped shirts

Patchwork made from striped shirts

Tapestry work on slippers cushions and chair

At the opening Kaffe talked about his work and his collaboration with his partner Brandon Mably  particularly on print fabrics for quilts. This man is soft spoken modest and a true genius. Sometimes his work uses  subtle colours as in the two images above, at other times it is vivid.  It is always of the highest quality. This exhibition must not to be missed.


For the duration of the exhibition there are many events including both  a quilting  and a knitting workshop as well as talks and study days.

Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays 22nd March -29th June 2013  11am -6pm for more details contact www.ftmlondon.org or 020 7407  8664

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  • Loving the diamond quilt, and the graphic use of stripes in the shirt fabric quilt. Lovely stuff!