Fassett, Kaffe

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Fassett, Kaffe Gender: M
Frank Havrah Fassett
born on 7 December 1937 at 02:47 (= 02:47 AM )
Place San Francisco, California, 37n47, 122w25
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 14°56' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 03°34 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 20°26'


American-born artist who is best known for his colourful designs in the decorative arts—needlepoint, patchwork, knitting, painting and ceramics.

He received a scholarship to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at the age of 19, but shortly left school to paint in London, England and moved there to live in 1964.

In the late 1960s Fassett met the Scottish fashion designer Bill Gibb, with whom he was in a relationship for a while. Until Gibb's premature death in 1988, they were very close friends and design collaborators, with Fassett creating many of the multicoloured, complex knitwear designs that became one of Gibb's trademarks.

Fassett's work attracts a considerable following. His work was the subject of a 1988 one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the first time a living textile artist had such a show there. The show toured nine countries.

Being more concerned with colour and design, Fassett has collaborated with quilter and teacher, Liza Prior Lucy, on the construction side of things since the 1980s. Working as a team has enabled Kaffe to design quilts, fabric, stage sets, and costumes for the Royal Shakespeare Company, while staying engaged in making rag rugs, knitting, tapestries, and mosaics.

Author of more than 30 books, Fassett concentrates on teaching the colour and design stages of craftwork rather than the construction stage. In addition to books, he has hosted craft-related television and radio programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, including his own show, Glorious Colour.

Fassett lives with Brandon Mably: his partner and studio manager.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spousal equivalent relationship with Gibb, Bill (born 23 January 1943)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Kaffe Fassett, "Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography" (New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2012), p. 13: "I was born on December 7, 1937, at 2:47 a.m., at the Children's Hospital in San Francisco." Full name from the online California birth index.


  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist