Famous textile artist to host exhibit at Powys town

An internationally renowned textile artist and designer is bringing his colourful exhibition to a Powys landmark in 2023.

Powis Castle will be hosting a display of works by American decorative artist Kaffe Fassett, a textile exhibition called ‘Colour with Kaffe’, opening on Saturday, February 18.

Featuring some of the artist’s most-loved pieces and new ones inspired by the castle itself, the exhibition will be open until the end of the summer holidays.

Shane Logan, General Manager at Powis Castle and Garden, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Kaffe and his team to bring this colourful exhibition to Powis Castle.


“Kaffe is a fantastic artist and we’re honoured he’s chosen us as his inspiration and backdrop for his new collection.

“To welcome an artist like Kaffe to Welshpool is quite something and we do anticipate fans from all over the world to travel here to see the exhibition.

“We hope local people will take full advantage of what’s on their doorstep and experience something different and exciting this year.”

The exhibition will be inside the castle during opening hours. Patchwork quilts, knitted shawls and throws, needlepoint cushions, carpets and furniture will be displayed in the State Rooms and a special exhibition with seven new quilts from Kaffe Fassett’s latest book, ‘Quilts in Wales’, will be on display in the Gateway Room.

Having toured his work in various countries such as Japan, Canada, the USA, and Australia, Mr Fasset’s designs have attracted a global fanbase and following.

In 1988 his work was the subject of a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the first time a living textile artist had such a show there.

He has written over 40 books focussing on the colour and design stages of crafts like needlepoint, patchwork, knitting, painting and ceramics, and has hosted craft-related television and radio programmers for the BBC and Channel 4, including his own show, Glorious Co lour.

On his exhibit’s new home in Powys, he said: “Powis is a jewel box in a red sandstone casing. For a man who loves ornate overkill, this place was just the right setting for our newest collection of quilts.”


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