Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography- (Anglais) Relié – 15 septembre 2012
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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.
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 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 had visited Kaffe's family restaurant and remember it fondly...awesome view and I can see where it inspired Kaffe to think
outside of any box.
This is a book that you will treasure forever.