Works by American-born artist, Kaffe Fassett, will be displayed at the historic Mottisfont house for Fasset's Colour exhibition. Fassett's textile artworks are vibrant and colourful use a variety of mediums, including needlepoint, knitting, patchwork and others. The exhibition will be held in Mottisfont's gallery until January 14th.
Kaffe Fassett was born in America in 1937. At 19, he received a scholarship to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but he didn't stay. Instead, Fassett went to London, where he eventually ended up moving to live. His work with textiles took off when he met fashion designer Bill Gibb, and Fassett is responsible for the colourful knitwear that became a trademark of Gibb's fashion label. Fasset's artworks include a range of other textiles, including quilts, tapestries, costumes, rugs, as well as others that use ceramics and painting.
Mottisfont is a beautiful old house in Romsey. Its history with art really began when it became the home of Maud Russell in 1930s. She had many artists visit and stay at the house where they could work on their art. The house now has a permanent collection of 20th-century artworks, and frequently holds exhibitions throughout the year.
The exhibition is free with the regular Mottisfont admission price. This is £13.60 for adults, £6.80 for children, or £34 for a family. National Trust members receive free entry and parking. Mottisfont is located Romsey, about 13 miles outside of Southampton.