Dreaming in Color – Kaffe Fassett


Cover art for Dreaming in ColorKaffe Fassett has led an extraordinary life and is a captivating storyteller with a vivid memory. Born in 1937 in San Francisco, he spent much of his youth in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a log cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place for artists of all sorts. He studied painting on the scholarship at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but left after less than a year and traveled to England, where he ultimately made his home. After an inspiring trip to Inverness, Scotland, Fassett began designing knitwear for Bill Gibb, then the Missonis, Vogue magazine and private clients like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand, and in the process, revolutionized the handknitting world with his use of color. Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rugmaking, tapestries, yard and fabric design, costume and set design, quilting and more. Now in his seventies, Fassett continues to produce new work and the travel worldwide to explore, teach and lecture. In this intimate, lavishly illustrated autobiography, he shares rich, detailed stories, many never told, about his lifelong creative journey and the people, places, and things that have impressed him along the way.

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