ProduktbeschreibungKaffe 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 Now in his seventies, Fassett continues to produce new work and to travel worldwide to teach and lecture In this intimate autobiography, Fassett shares rich, detailed stories about his lifelong creative journey as well as hundreds of glorious photos taken along the way 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 Examiner.com 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 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...
|Title||:||Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color An Autobiography|
|Format Type||:||Other Book|
|Publisher||:||Stewart, Tabori, Auflage 01 15 September 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||388 Pages|
|File Size||:||791 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color An Autobiography Reviews
Was für ein reiches Leben! Was für eine Begabung! Was für ein Mensch! Als eingefleischter Kaffe-Fassett-Fan bin ich total glücklich, dieses Buch gekauft zu haben. Wie gut, dass K.F. seine Autobiografie geschrieben hat, so dass man nicht nur hier und da Einblicke in seine Kunst bekommt, sondern erfährt, wie sein Leben verlaufen ist und wie der Hintergrund dieses vielseitigen, einzigartigen Künstlers aussieht. Ein sehr gut geschriebener Text und eine Flut von wunderbaren Bildern verbinden sich zu einem Werk, das man gar nicht aus der Hand legen mag. Ich finde, dieses Buch ist das Non-plus-ultra für jeden Kaffe-Fassett-Bewunderer! Richtig schade, dass ich nicht mehr als 5 Sterne geben kann!
Full of colour, of course! Sometimes the pictures could have been bigger..., but it's all very inspirational if you like painting, textiles etc. Great!
The book is very entertaining and contains great, colorful photos, but I found some of the information to be faulty or questionable. Fassett writes under a photo of Dustin Hoffman on page 55 that the picture was taken in the late 70's before he made it in the movies. Dustin Hoffman had been in several big films before the late 70's such as The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, All the President's Men, Papillion, and more. Another thing I question is when he relays the details of a car accident in his younger years in which he and his buddies go off a cliff while speeding on a canyon road on the west coast. The car, he says, rolled over about eight times till it came to a rest in a bush below. Neither he nor the driver were hurt except for a scratch on the driver. Hmm. okay, maybe. But Fassett does state that he wrote the book at seventy-three and has trouble remembering dates and places so I'll cut him some slack, as if he needs it from me:) I enjoyed the book very much.
Having been born in the 80's and only learning to knit in 2004, I didn't know or understand much about Kaffe Fassett's work, besides that all his sweaters had the baggy shaping of the 80's that I so detested.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 do not usually "gush" about books...and I was not sure I wanted to pay so much for this book...BUT boy, am I glad that I did. I do own his knitting books and I admit I was curious about his background. The book arrived today so I have not had the chance to read much..but the presentation is magnificent. The pictures and the paper used are really high quality and the photos are all carefully labeled which adds a lot to my enjoyment. What a fascinating life he has had. Anyone who is not sure whether they should buy this book....indulge yourself. OK, now I am going back to start reading.... Having just read Chapter 1, I am just amazed at Mr. Fassett's background...the people in his early life who influenced him spanned so many areas from philosophy to show business to government to leaders in business...his own family...parents, grandparents were just unbelievable....WOW...what an enjoyable book!!
I met Kaffe and Brandon a few years back when I worked as a hostess for a quilting workshop that they gave. This gave me a wonderful opportunity to work with them up close and personal. I found them to be very warm, approachable, and insanely gifted with color. I fetched a delicious beet salad for lunch for both of them. I sat with them at lunch and got to ask many of the questions that I had been curious about. It was a precious time because how often does one have an opportunity like that?I have been a huge fan of Kaffe's from W-A-Y back to his very first book. Having knitted since age 5 I had never seen knitting patterns like his before. He used color in his designs like no one had ever used before. They were really quite radical for the time. This was in the early 80's. He took the knitting industry by storm and I imagine that sales blew the roof off of yarn shops because there were ton's of colors in each sweater. I have bought many of his books over the years and they are all great but this book is the cherry on top of them all. This is not a pattern book, it is historical timeline showing how his designs have evolved over the years. Kaffe's family tree has so many gifted and interesting people who were trail blazers for their time. They really thought outside of the box considering the time in which they lived. To give you an example, Kaffe's great grandparents were the founders of the artist community of Carmel by the Sea. Kaffe's grandmother was also a very gifted painter who spent many years living and traveling all over Europe. His mother moved to Europe for six years to join her and told young Kaffe vivid stories of the clothes she wore and the things she saw while living there. All of Kaffe's family was really quite Bohemian which gave Kaffe the freedom to become who he was destined to be. I love the size of this book as it really does justice to all of the wonderful pictures that accompany the written text. The pages explode with color and the stories that go along chronologically with them are as colorful as he is. I have always loved color and I never pick boring black or tan shoes. I am the one that immediately goes to the colored shoes, clothing, etc, etc. It just makes my soul happy when I see a brilliantly orchestrated design. This book is one that I will treasure forever and ever and will go back to time and time again. I find myself plotting for extra time in my day so that I can sneak upstairs and escape into the colorful pages of this book. While browsing Amazon I found this book and debated whether or not to buy it. Boy oh boy am I glad I did! If you are a fan of Kaffe's you will not be let down by this book. One day I hope that Kaffe will do a book on his house and studio. There are several pictures of his house but they left me begging for more. They make me think that if there were a crafter's heaven this is what it would look like. Yes, they are THAT beautiful.