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Scottish first for Aberdeen Art Gallery’s major summer exhibition

05/06/14

The first major exhibition in Scotland to celebrate the work of world renowned knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett will be held this summer at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

Selected specially for Aberdeen, Kaffe Fassett 50 Years in Colour will showcase pieces from a remarkable career which spans over five decades when it opens on Saturday 12 July.

Kaffe began his career as a painter in his native California, coming to Britain in the 1960s. He discovered the joys of knitting while on a trip to the woollen mills in Inverness with fashion designer Bill Gibb.

Kaffe went on to create unique and imaginative 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, rug-making, 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 visit Aberdeen for a number of lectures and workshops. The exhibition has also inspired a packed summer programme of family workshops to take place in the gallery.

The exhibition and programme of events are supported by Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd.

Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager said: "We are thrilled to host Kaffe's first major exhibition in Scotland, a country which has been a source of inspiration for him throughout his career. His ability to blend colour and pattern in adventurous and innovative ways has won him a loyal following of supporters and we hope this fabulous exhibition will inspire a new generation of quilters, knitters and textile enthusiasts."

Kaffe Fassett, said: "The colours of the Scottish landscape have been a continuing inspiration to my textile design. Aberdeen and Fraserburgh were places I got to know in the late 1960s as I visited the young designer, Bill Gibb and his farming family. I always breathe a sigh of relief when I get off the plane and inhale that life enhancing Scottish air."

Nexen's donation is part of the company's community investment programme aimed at supporting charities and other good causes in the locations where the company operates.

Archie Kennedy, Managing Director of Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd said: "We are pleased to be able to support this exhibition which will bring Kaffe Fassett's inspirational work to Aberdeen. The exhibition is one of several arts and cultural initiatives that Nexen supports in and around the city. We believe it is important to help Aberdeen attract such renowned artists as Kaffe Fassett, building on the city's already rich culture and helping to promote what the city has to offer."

The following talks and workshops will accompany the exhibition:

Friday 11 July, Cowdray Hall, 7pm

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 will follow the lecture. £8 (£6). Doors open 6.30pm.

 

Saturday 12 July, Aberdeen Art Gallery, 10.30am-4.30pm

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. £45 (£40).

 

Saturday 12 July

Gallery Shop, 11am

Kaffe Fassett, book signing. Admission free

 

Sunday 13 July, 12 noon

Exhibition tour with Kaffe Fassett

Join this exclusive viewing of the exhibition. £15

 

Thursday 28 August, Cowdray Hall, 7pm

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. £8 (£6). Doors open 6.30pm.

 

Friday 29 August, Aberdeen Art Gallery, 10.30am-4.30pm

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. £100.

 

Saturday 30 August, Aberdeen Art Gallery 10.30am-4.30pm

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. £45 (£40).

 

Saturday 30 August, Gallery Shop, 11am

Kaffe Fassett, book signing event. Admission free.

 

Sunday 31 August, Aberdeen Art Gallery 10.30am-4.30pm

Snowball Patchwork Workshop

Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably will take the traditional patchwork pattern of the snowball and make it fabulously simply by the use of colour.

This class is suitable for beginners who know how to sew a seam and use a rotary cutter. Also for more advanced quilt makers who wish to concentrate on complex colour development. No sewing takes place during the class. £100.

For further information on all events and to book please call Aberdeen Art Gallery on (01224) 523677. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

The following workshops are free drop-in sessions at Aberdeen Art Gallery and are supported by Nexen.

Tuesdays 15, 22 & 29 July & 5 August

BROOCH AND BADGE MAKING

Inspired by Kaffe's colourful textile designs come along and make your own brightly coloured brooch or badge.

 

Wednesdays 16, 23 &30 July & 6 August

DECORATIVE NOTE BOOKS

Decorative patterns are an important feature of Kaffe's work. Come and make your very own little notebook and decorate the cover in bold pattern and collage.

 

Thursdays 17, 24 & 31 July & 7 August

BUTTON COLLAGE

Kaffe loves to play with colour and pattern. Join the gallery team in recreating some of Kaffe's wonderful designs through colourful button collage

 

Fridays 18 & 25 July and 1 & 8 August

TEDDY BEAR OUTFITS

Kaffe's fabrics have been used by many well-known fashion designers over the years. Come along to the gallery and design and make your own stylish outfit for your favourite teddy or doll.

All activities are artist-led, free and drop-in. They are aimed at families with primary school aged children, but everyone is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The exhibition will run until Saturday 27 September 2014.

For more information visit www.aagm.co.uk