Making a Life: The Conversation No. 5: A Holiday Gathering—with Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill

Making a Life: The Conversation No. 5: A Holiday Gathering—with Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill

Please join host Melanie Falick and special guests Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill for a festive holiday gathering Zoom-style. We’ll do some fun crafting. Kaffe and Erin will regale and inspire us with stories about their family’s handmade holiday traditions. And Melanie, Kaffe, and Erin will discuss creativity as a pathway to joy, competence, connection, and resilience. Plus some festive surprises! This event is free but requires preregistration here.

Kaffe Fassett is a renowned artist, lecturer, and teacher who has inspired people around the world with his color- and pattern-filled work in fabric, knitting, needlepoint, patchwork, and mosaic. His artworks have been featured in museums and galleries internationally, and he was the first living textile designer to have a one-person show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is the author of many books, including his autobiography Dreaming in Color and, most recently, Color Duets (with Erin Lee Gafill) and Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Burano.

Erin Lee Gafill is an award-winning artist, teacher, and author. Her first art teacher was her uncle Kaffe Fassett. Her work is collected internationally and exhibited around the United States. Erin has been leading creativity and painting workshops for the past two decades—she is a regular teacher at the Esalen Institute, California; Rancho La Puerta, Mexico; and Tenuta Spannocchia, Italy—and recently began offering online classes on her YouTube channel Awaken the Art Within. She is the author of Color Duets (with Kaffe Fassett) and Drinking from a Cold Spring.

Melanie Falick is an independent writer, editor, and creative director—and a lifelong maker. She is the author, most recently, of Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live, named one of the best books of 2019 by Publishers Weekly magazine. She is also the editor and creative director of the MDK Field Guides.

Our bookselling partner for this event is The Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe. This is where you can always purchase original paintings and textiles by Kaffe and Erin plus many other treasures, including right now Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in BuranoColor Duets (signed by Erin), Making a Life (with a handmade card from Melanie), and My Nepenthe by Romney Steele.

This holiday gathering is No. 5 of Making a Life: The Conversation, an online event series developed by Melanie Falick to continue exploring the themes of her book Making a Life. The goal of this series as well as the smaller-scale Makers Circle is to bring together friends, old and new, to generate meaningful, thought- and action-provoking discussions about why making by hand and making the ordinary extraordinary are vital to our personal, community, and environmental wellness.

If you would like to learn more about these Conversations, join Melanie’s mailing list here.

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