Celebrating the 50 year career of the American knitwear and textile designer who has been living in Britain since the 1960s.

'If in doubt, add twenty more colours' says Kaffe Fassett, whose highly vivid textile art made him a household name in the 1970s.

In 1968, Kaffe travelled to Scotland with fashion designer Bill Gibb and became fascinated by the hand-dyed woollen yarns he found there. On the train back he implored one of his companions to teach him to knit, but was yet to realise this new hobby might become a career.

It was American textile artist Liza Prior Lucy, who persuaded Kaffe to experiment further, taking his knitting patterns and making them into patchwork. Kaffe now travels the world, teaching and leading workshops, while also working as a painter, designer and author.

This display, curated by theatrical designer Johan Engels, includes 100 items spanning knitwear, needlepoint, beading and quilts, as well as mosaics and still-life paintings by Fassett, nearly all of which have been drawn from his personal collection.​

American Museum in Britain

Claverton Manor, BATH, Somerset, BA2 7BD

01225 460503


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March – October
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