Kaffe Fassett knitted portrait


Size: Width 20″ x Height 32″ Acrylic

This is my knitted tribute to knitwear designer Kaffe Fassett, to mark his 50th year of being resident in the UK, and his massive contribution to the art of knitting.

In my opinion, he brought a ‘purple patch‘ (period of excellent performance – ornate or elaborate section of work) to the art of knitting. This is reflected in my use of shades of the colour purple in the portrait.

He was the first person that I had come across that approached knitting from the viewpoint of an artist/painter: viewing his knitting as a canvas. His use of colour in knitting was viewed as revolutionary and has made a lasting impact on me.

I never thought that I would have the privilege to meet him or knit for him. I count myself as very fortunate to have done both. He is not only a knitting master, but also a genuinely nice guy, and talented artist. Kaffe and his partner Brandon Mably have made cameo appearances in my films, Knitting Ain’t Wack and Knitting the Blues.

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