Kaffe Fassett – 50 Years in Colour at Aberdeen Art Gallery
The Aberdeen has a newly refurbished Art Gallery. How do I know? Well that is a good question and one that a blogger friend and brilliant photographer, Scott K Marshall Photography (@skm1963) is able to answer. His post, Aberdeen Art Gallery # 1, features a photo portfolio of the notable changes from the Aberdeen Art Galley that I visited in 2014. I recognized the basic structure, but the renovations are exciting and provide a more spacious atmosphere.
Scott’s post had me dashing back to my photos of the Aberdeen Art Gallery. Back in 2014, my camera did not have the fancy location and date attributes that come with our cell phone cameras, so it took a couple hours to locate the photos. But I remembered the exhibition.
No one would ever forget this exhibition.
50 Years in Colour at Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his colourful work in fabric, knitting, needlepoint, patchwork, painting and mosaic. According to his website, he has “dedicated the last 50 years of his life to the world of Knitting, Needlepoint, and Patchwork, promoting these crafts through his own work and encouraging others to find their own creativity.”
My mother and grandmothers loved crafts, quilting and needlepoint. They would have been overjoyed to see this exhibition.
Frank Havrah Fassett was born in San Francisco in 1937. But his name soon changed to Kaffe when he read the book “Boy of the Pyramid” by Ruth Fosdick Jones. It is an uplifting narrative of friendship between an Egyptian nobleman’s son, Kaffe, and Sari, a slave girl from the Sinai region.
Kaffe’s family was creative. His parents William and Madeleine built the successful restaurant, Nepenthe, which was constructed around a cabin that was first owned by Orson Welles and his wife Rita Hayworth. (I did not know that they were even married. But I digress.) The name Nepenthe refers to a concoction used by the ancient gods to induce forgetfulness from pain or sorrow. Then there was Kaffe’s great grandfather Jacob Sloat Fassett, who was a lawyer and United States Congressman. Going back further, Kaffe’s great-great grandfather was the founder of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. Artistic endeavour is embedded in Kaffe’s DNA.
Join me for a tour of Kaffe Fassett – 50 Years in Colour.