Designs by Brandon Mably



Kaffe's Colour Quest

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 fro his work from around the world. From the back of the video: "India is a beautiful box containing all the jewels of the East", exclaims textile artist Kaffe Fassett in his oriental tour. He finds rose painted rooms in Palaces, highly decorated buildings and intense colour in markets

Kaffe's Colour Quest is presented by Kaffe Fassett. Produced by Brandon Mably. Directed, filmed and edited by Michael Macintyre. Music by Cynthia Millar

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Kaffe's Colour Quest

In Vietnam we take a boat trip down the Perfume River to explore a mosaic encrusted temple and see street life through Kaffe's amused and inspiring eye.

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 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 greys 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 traveller. This video brings Kaffe's work to life and will delight his many admirers.


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