For my inaugural blog post I’ll talk about attending the Kaffe Fassett lecture on color earlier this week in Annandale, VA. A room full of ladies, mostly older, came to listen to an almost 80 year old man who’s full of vitality and energy and enthusiasm for his ongoing creative work, which, for those of you who don’t know, is primarily fabric design. Although he got his start in knitting and writing about it, and he also designs needlepoint kits, as well as working in tile mosaic, painting, furniture embellishment… as he puts it, anything that works as a medium to explore color.
Here is his business partner, Brandon Mably, introducing him.
-and yes, I apologize for the crappy iPhone pictures.. pictures of slides, no less!
And here’s Kaffe. He’s 78 by my reckoning, a California boy who’s lived in London for 50+ years, and has spent his life following his love of color.
What a thrill! What an inspiration! For those who love color, Kaffe is truly the master. His slide show was composed of one gorgeous shot after anothe. There were breathtaking places from around the world: here is laundry hanging in an Italian village, an example of a source of inspiration for his painting/ fabric design:
Then there were classic fabrics that inspire him:
paintings he’s made:
and fabrics or needlepoints he’s designed, quilts made with his fabrics, rooms decorated with fabulous colors and textures – an unending world of colorful images and inspiration.
I love how unrestrained he is. His colors are saturated and clean.
Very few grays, grayed colors, muted colors. Some pastels and darks but many, many brights. And flowers!
A man after my own heart. The man loves flowers, designs with flowers, makes needlepoint flowers, fabric flowers, quilts of flowers. I am newly inspired to do more and different things with flowers. I am inspired to colorize my home, my work, my life! Here is my haul from the evening, his fabrics, to be used in future floral creations:
Stay tuned! And thanks for reading.