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Abrams Publishing Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: an Autobiography
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- STEWART TABORI & CHANG PUBLISHING-Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming In Color
- Kaffe Fassett has led an extraordinary life and is a captivating storyteller with a vivid memory
- Published 2012
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Also available from Kaffe Fassett: Kaffe Fassett's Bold Blooms, Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, and Kaffe Fassett's Quilts Shots and Stripes.
Praise for Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color:
“Kaffe Fassett is to color what Julia Child was to French cooking.” —Knitters Review
“Lavishly illustrated with photographs from his life and work and dishing on everyone from Dustin Hoffman to Princess Margaret, Dreaming in Color describes a charmed life filled with creativity, big personalities, travels and not a little serendipity.” —Vogue Knitting
“Shapes and patterns are everywhere; they lie waiting for the person who wants to see them. It's the bricolage aspect behind his work and, arguably, Fassett himself: arranging disparate things to create something dynamic and new.” —Vogue Knitting
“This book would be a beautiful gift to receive or give. It is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”
“A glance through his new autobiography shows that this is a man who, in design terms, hit the ground running and has never stopped.” —Selvedge magazine
“Dreaming in Color, lavishly illustrated with 500 color pictures, is a feast for the eyes.” —Shelf Awareness
“Reading this book is like peeling an orange on a gray winter’s day—every single one of your senses is sparked as you get sprayed with infectious creativity.” —Knitty.com
“Kaffe Fassett is a luminary in the world of textiles and knitting, spreading the gospel of color in his books and travels.” —The Houston Chronicle
“It is a beautiful book, no question. Beautifully designed, thoughtfully composed, well-written, Kaffe takes you on his creative journey. We all—quilters, knitters, needlepointers, and just plain art lovers—are indeed very fortunate that he would share all of this with the world.” —Getting Stitched on the Farm
“Fassett is a kind of Harrison Ford of the knitting world….” —The Washington Post
“Kaffe Fassett is a luminary in the world of textiles and knitting, spreading the gospel of color in his books and travels.”—The Houston Chronicle
“This book is a gorgeous coffee table treasure but it so much more than the vibrant photos, it is a moving and interesting autobiography and I am so glad it has been published. What a treat to read, hold, soak in and enjoy.” —Susan B. Anderson
“Brimming over with beautiful eye-candy and intimate details, this colorful book is sure to charm and inspire.” —Love of Knitting magazine
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I picked up this book because I had read The Day of The Peacock, put out by the V&A, and he was in it because he had modeled for British Vogue. It also turned out he was friends (and as I learned later reading Dreaming In Color, partners) with Bill Gibb. So, that piqued my interest in him enough to learn more about who he is and how he got into knitwear in the first place.
I found Dreaming In Color to be a joy to read - He has a great voice in print, and had some amazing "Things I Learned The Hard Way" pieces of advice sprinkled very naturally throughout the book. What a life! By the end of the book I wanted to cover every surface of our house in either murals or mosaics. Definitely inspiring for any artist who has been held back at times by fear of the unknown or, for some us, the under-funded.
The book also gave me a real respect for Kaffe Fassett's eye and his work across several different media. While I am no warmer to his shaping now than I was at the start, I am at this point totally in love with his use of color and in awe of his mastery of intarsia and fair isle. I ended up purchasing two of his classics - Glorious Knits and Glorious Interiors - along with his and Brandon Mably's latest book, Knitting With the Color Guys. All three, definitely worth it.
So, if you're on the fence, I say go for it. His life is such a snapshot of the late 20th century art heyday that for at bare minimum that reason, you won't be disappointed. (And his opinion of Andy Warhol is both accurate and hilarious!)
I love seeing the work of others which inspires me in approaches to color and pattern. It puts me in the mood to work and create! I recommend it as a beautiful book to read, or just the turn the pages again and again...
Also - this book was very well packaged and shipped quickly!
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in the grey autumn days that will soon be here.
June Boyle, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada