Since Loop first opened, I’ve wanted to have Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably come to the shop. So I’m very pleased to announce that they will be here on October 7 and 8, 2012. Kaffe will present a lecture, “Concentrate on Colour”, and Brandon will teach us about working with color in our knitting.
Kaffe is one of the true knitting elite; his use of color and shape have amazed and delighted knitters for decades. His patterns have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Rowan publications, and in his many books. Kaffe chose the colors for Rowan’s beautiful Colourscape Chunky and Kidsilk Haze Stripe yarns; a fantastic way to bring his excellent color sense to your knitting!
“Kaffe Fassett has led an extraordinary life and is a captivating storyteller with a vivid memory. Born in 1937, he spent much of his youth in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place for artists and bohemians.
After attending a boarding school run by the disciples of Krishnamurti, an Indian guru, he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then traveled to England, where he made his home.
After an inspiring trip to Inverness, Scotland, Fassett began designing knitwear for Bill Gibb, and then the Missonis, Vogue magazine, and private clients like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand, and, in the process, revolutionized the handknitting world with his explosive use of color. Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rugmaking, tapestries, yarn and fabric design, costume and set design, and quilting.”
Excerpt from Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color, to be released this fall.
Concentrate on Colour with Kaffe Fassett
$18 – Monday, October 8, 2012 from 7 to 8:15 PM
Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia
Highlighting works from his latest projects, including his patchwork quilt, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs, Kaffe’s lecture is designed to inspire and motivate. A tremendous amount of Kaffe’s inspiration comes from his continual travels. His lecture is designed not so much to instruct, but to empower and inspire you to create and develop your “mind’s eye”.
You’ll leave invigorated – entranced by Kaffe’s sense and use of colour, and ready to try it yourself!
Please call 215-893-9939 to purchase your ticket to this event.
Persian Poppy Workshop with Brandon Mably
$125, Sunday, October 7 from 10am to 5pm (includes one hour lunch break)
Brandon Mably is a knitwear designer and the Studio Manager of Kaffe Fassett Studio in England. Like his mentor Kaffe, Brandon’s work features extraordinary use of color. His designs are frequently seen in Vogue Knitting and Rowan publications.
Using stockinette stitch and working from the charted persian poppy design, you’ll explore working with color. Brandon will demonstrate fairisle and intarsia knitting and work with you to apply these techniques in your own knitting.
Please bring sport or DK weight yarn in 6 light or bright colors and 6 dark or deeper colors, needles sized to work with your yarn, scissors, a pencil, a pen, and paper for notes.
The workshop runs from 10am to 5pm with an hour lunch break. There are many places to have lunch nearby or you may bring your lunch and eat in the classroom.
Space is limited – please call 215-893-9939 to register!
Please note: tickets to Kaffe’s lecture and Brandon’s class are non-refundable.