From March 22 to June 29, the Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the colourful world of American-born artist Kaffe Fassett. Kaffe’s ability to blend pattern, texture and colour has won him a dedicated following of enthusiasts over the years, and it might come as a surprise that this is the first London exhibition since Kaffe’s record-breaking show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1988, where he became the first living textile artist to have a one man show.
Kaffe Fassett: A Life in Colour features over 100 works by the painter and designer of textiles, displayed in a dramatic installation designed by interior and textile designer Sue Timney. Showcasing over five decades of work, from designs for Bill Gibb, knitwear for Missoni, printed patchwork fabrics, inspiring needlepoint and glorious quilts, the exhibition also includes extravagantly-coloured 9-foot-wide knitted shawls, pieces created for this exhibit and not seen in public before, as well as a ‘feeling’ wall that allows visitors to touch and better understand the textiles on display and their construction.
Kaffe Fassett: A Life in Colour runs until 29 June 2013 at the Fashion and Textile Museum (83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF), and it is a much-needed break from all the London greyness – it will certainly make you feel like spring is finally here.