The first major publication to explore the prolific career of Kaffe Fassett, one of the most recognized names in contemporary craft and design
Kaffe Fassett (b. 1937) is one of the most recognized names in contemporary craft and design with work encompassing knitting, needlepoint, quilting, textile design, mosaic, painting, and drawing. Fassett’s sense of color and pattern has inspired makers around the world; his early successes include knitwear designs for fashion designers such as Bill Gibb and Missoni, and in more recent years he has collaborated with the luxury fashion house Coach. His inimitable eye can translate the most everyday of details into the basis for one of his colorful, sophisticated, maximalist designs.
This book explores Fassett’s career and work in context for the first time, highlighting and widening the scope of his output over more than five decades. Drawing on original artworks, photographs, and archival material, it illuminates the work of this distinctive, influential artist and designer. Essays from design and fashion historians sit alongside striking visual material and insightful interviews with Fassett that provide additional context about this prolific artist.
Published in association with the Fashion and Textile Museum
Fashion and Textile Museum, London (September 23, 2022–March 12, 2023)
Millesgarden Museum, Sweden (September 2023–February 2024)
Dennis Nothdruft is head of exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.
“Sumptuous. . . . Showcasing Kaffe’s incredible use of colour in his knitting, quilting and textile designs, the book is a feast for the eye, while interviews and essays explore his life and legacy.”—The Knitter
“The craftsman and designer, whose distinct sense of pattern, style and the universe’s many hues has earned him a spot in the pantheon of fantastic artists and artisans—and a brilliant anthology of his work in the book Kaffe Fassett: The Artist’s Eye.”—Antonia Bentel, House & Garden
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