Interview with Textile Artist Kaffe Fassett and his Niece, Painter Erin Gafill

Renowned textile designer and teacher Kaffe Fassett visited Chattanooga for the first time in October of this year.    His niece, award winning artist and teacher Erin Gafill and her husband, photographer Tom Birmingham accompanied Fassett here giving lectures and workshops around town that focused on color and design.    Erin Gafill and Kaffe Fassett stopped by WUTC for an interview while here.

Fassett has lived in London, England for the last 45 years.    He has traveled the world with exhibitions showing his masterpieces of textile including quilts, needlepoint and mosaic tile.    In 1988, Fassett’s work was displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum.    In 1998, his Mosaic Tile Garden was the winner of a Gold Medal in the Chelsea Flower Show.    Has has authored several books and is currently working on a memoir.

Listen to the story:

"Oak Tree at Nepenthe" by Erin Gafill

Here’s more about artist, teacher and writer Erin Gafill from her website:

In 2009 Erin and her husband Tom Birmingham were honored by the Arts Council for Monterey County as 2009 Luminaries, “Champions of the Arts.”

In 2010 Erin and Tom took their “Championing The Arts Tour” on the road, visiting 17 cities over 9 weeks.  They staged art shows, art salons, interviewed arts professionals, held workshops, and taught free art programs to children and their families.

Erin credits her deep familial roots in the arts for her on-going work today.  Her maternal grandparents  Lolly and Bill Fassett built Big Sur’s famed Nepenthe Restaurant,  a mecca for artist, poets, writers, and bohemians since it opened in 1949.  And Lolly’s maternal grandmother was Jane Gallatin Powers, a Modernist painter who had the first artist’s studio in Carmel and traveled to Paris in the 1920′s to study with Andre L’hote, a student of Cezanne’s.

Erin is on the creative arts faculty for both Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California (www.esalen.org) and Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico, (www.rancholapuerta.com) as well as Studio One – Big Sur (www.bigsurarts.com)

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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