Kaffe Fassett 50 Years in Colour

Aberdeen Art Gallery

12 July - 27 September 2014

This summer we are delighted to present the first major solo exhibition in Scotland celebrating the work of world-renowned knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett. Specially selected for Aberdeen the exhibition show cases pieces from a remarkable career of 50 years.

Kaffe began his career as a painter in his native California, coming to Britain in the 60s. He discovered the joys of knitting on a trip to the woolen mills in Inverness with fashion designer Bill Gilbb, going on to create ground breaking designs for Gibb's early collections and fashion house Missoni. His passion for colour and pattern subsequently led him to design across a wide range of media including knitting, quilting needlework, rugmaking, mosaic as well as painting and textile design - all of which feature in the exhibition.

Kaffe continues to teach and lecture worldwide and he will join us in Aberdeen for a number of lectures and workshops. The exhibition has also inspired a lively summer programme of family workshops to take place in the Gallery.

Exhibition and events supported by Nexen Petroleum U.K. Ltd.



Cast On Corner
Have you always wanted to knit or crochet, but not known where to start? Have you got a knitting or crocheting problem that you don't know how to solve? You've come to the right place!

Every Saturday while Kaffe Fassett: 50 Years in Colour is on display there will be friendly help on hand in Cast On Corner. From 10am-12noon and 2-4pm you can drop into the Art Gallery Shop to get advice from one of our team of local knitting and crochet experts. If you just want to come and get creative with some like-minded people, that's fine too! All levels of experience are welcome.

This film features an interview with Kaffe Fassett which he undertook when visiting Aberdeen Art Gallery in July 2014 to launch the exhibition, Kaffe Fassett, 50 Years in Colour.


Thursday 28 August - 7pm
Cowdray Hall
Life in Colour: An Evening
with Kaffe Fassett
This lecture promises to inspire and motivate with highlights from Kaffe's latest projects, including patchwork, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs. A book signing follows the lecture.
Cost: £8 (£6) (Doors open 6.30pm)

Friday 29 August - 10.30am-4.30pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Overlapping Squares
Patchwork Workshop
Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably will take you through the same process used for designing quilts at the Kaffe Fassett Studio, arranging fabrics on a design wall, ready for you to take home and sew. They will help you to develop your own personal colour palette and create an 'overlapping squares' patchwork design. No sewing takes place during the class.
Cost: £100

Saturday 30 August - 10.30am-4.30pm|
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Persian Poppies Knitting Workshop
with Brandon Mably
Join Brandon Mably from the Kaffe Fassett Design Studio in this workshop for knitters who are interested in sharpening their colour observation in design. Participants should know how to knit and purl.
Cost: £45 (£40)

Saturday 30 August - 11am
Gallery Shop
Kaffe Fassett Book Signing

Sunday 31 August - 10.30am-4.30pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Snowball Patchwork Workshop
Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably take the traditional patchwork pattern of the snowball and make it fabulous simply by the use of colour.

Suitable for beginners who know how to sew a seam and use a rotary cutter. Also for more advanced quiltmakers who wish to concentrate on complex colour development. No sewing takes place during the class.
Cost: £100

For further information on all events and to book please call 01224 523677.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.