Kaffe’s Colour Quest showing Kaffe’s travels in India and Vietnam now available on DVD, produced by Brandon Mably.
This is far more than a travel video. It shows how Kaffe Fassett, regarded by many as the world’s leading contemporary textile designer, draws inspiration for his work from around the world.
Back at Kaffe’s studio, we see the splendid results of his travels – the needlepoint, collage, mosaic, and paintings which are directly inspired by the East.
Pattern and colour dominate Kaffe’s life, and wherever he finds himself, those hungry eyes of his spot unexpected delights, which would pass most of us by: the way a hardware shop is displayed, the patterns of corrugated roofs in a shanty town, the seething jostle of a busy market place. His sources of inspiration are quite original and quite different. Most textile designers rely primarily on museums, nature, and still life compositions for their source material. Kaffe draws on whatever passes in front of his visual radar, and it is this more than anything else that sets his work apart. The extraordinary colour combinations and dramatic use of pattern that are the hallmark of his design can be seen all around us. This is the message of the video and at every stage of the journey Kaffe bombards us with examples. On tour with Kaffe, our eyes are opened to a new way of looking at things and we see ideas for future designs taking shape in his mind.
The two countries Kaffe visited for this video provide a feast of visual stimulations for his senses. In India he guides us from the humblest villages to the most sumptuous palaces, where whole rooms dance with colour and we are dazzled by the intricate beauty of Indian craftsmanship. Collages, textiles and mosaics are discussed, but Kaffe reserves his greatest enthusiasm for the colours and patterns of everyday life: the vivid shades of saris set against brightly painted houses, the amazing decoration of buses and cars, and the stark beauty of the Indian deserts. In Vietnam he sails up the Perfume River at dawn in a flotilla of fishing boats.
It is a magical piece of camera work, capturing the silence of early morning and the shimmering pearl grays as light rises over the water. He explores tropical markets and discovers a mosaic encrusted Buddhist temple far from the beaten track. Vietnam is a country that is just opening up to tourists and this fascinating glimpse cannot fail to whet the appetite of the more adventurous traveler. This video brings Kaffe’s work to life and will delight his many admirers.
53 minute running time - DVD format available in PAL or NTSC - see information below about the types:
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