True Colours


Wealden Times, May 2015

Without doubt, a visit to the Hastings home of internationally renowned contemporary craft artist Kaffe Fassett and his partner and studio manager Brandon Mably, would bring joy to even the most downhearted of people. Filled with an explosion of colours and textures, each room in the early Victorian property invites the visitor to explore, what is in effect, a living showcase of Kaffe’s and Brandon’s work. Best known for his colourful designs in the decorative arts – fabric, knitting, needlepoint, patchwork, painting and mosaic – Kaffe was born in San Francisco. At the age of 19 he won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, but left after three months to paint in London and has stayed ever since. Brandon, a celebrated designer in his own right, particularly for his amazing skill at combining colours, met Kaffe in the late 80s and soon realised the creative potential of knitwear designs. He runs the Kaffe Fassett Studio as well as holding knitting, needlepoint and patchwork workshops around the world.