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The craft&design Selected Awards 2013 - Specialist Judges

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Kaffe Fassett
Kaffe Fassett
Textiles & Needlecrafts Category

Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett, best known the world over for his brilliant textile designs, is a renowned author of over 30 books on colour and inspiration in design. His work is mainly knitwear, printed fabrics, patchwork and needlepoint.

Kaffe is widely acknowledged as a visionary in the use of colour and was the first living textile artist to have a one person show at the Victoria & Albert Museum followed by a 6 part TV series on Channel 4 called 'Glorious Colour.'

He is the primary fabric designer for Rowan knitwear, Ehrman Needlepoint and fabric collections for Westminster fibres.

Kaffe's time is divided between travelling the globe lecturing and giving workshops and working in his Studio in North West London. For more information visit

"Colour is my first passion and consideration when designing, so that is what I will be looking for in the work submitted. This could mean a scene as subtle as a stony beach up to stained glass brilliance and anything in-between.

The second most important element of a work is liveliness that comes from a personal approach. Often I feel, this gets lost if work is too polished and clean cut - I want to see the character of the maker in the piece.
Lastly, a textile should be well made enough to hold together, so a grasp of technique is important but not the be all and end all."

Judge’s Statement

Gold Award - Janet Browne
I chose Janet for the Gold Award from among the six winners of the public vote because her use of fine detail results in an interesting world that invites exploration. Like Janet, I find myself drawn to man-made elements of landscape on my travels around the world. Allotments in particular - with their departmental structures softened by vegetation - always get my attention and feel quintessentially "English".
Her use of colour is particularly attractive - she uses a muted colour range that gives a natural glow to highly detailed work. Having seen many 'painted' pieces in the quilt world and feeling that they should be framed instead of trying to be textiles, I applaud Janet's use of embroidery to achieve her vision, rather that the quicker solution of painting her designs.

Silver Award - Moy Mackay
Moy's passionate use of colour and the deep texture created by felting are what draw me to her work. I also like the way that she concentrates on her surroundings for her subject matter - her work is very free.

Silver Award - Carol Naylor
Carol's silky texture and the abstraction of the landscapes that she depicts are what single out her work for me. There is a subtleness to the palette that I'm sure will make the work very livable.

The other three artists each have qualities that are attractive and interesting. I feel textiles can ofter the art world a depth and subtlety of colour and texture. This and the comfort they impart being made of fibres should be taken more seriously by the art market.

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