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Famous textile artist chooses Powis Castle as location for exhibition

Kaffe Fassett with Bubbly quilt in the garden at Powis Castle, Wales
Kaffe Fassett with Bubbly quilt in the garden at Powis Castle, Wales | © Brandon Mably

Internationally renowned fine artist and textile designer, Kaffe Fassett, is bringing his colourful exhibition to Mid Wales in 2023. National Trust Cymru’s Powis Castle and Garden is delighted to announce the opening of ‘Colour with Kaffe: a textile exhibition at Powis Castle’ on Saturday 18 February.

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, which is open daily from 18 February, 12pm to 4pm. 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.

Kaffe Fassett brings his colourful textile exhibition to Powis Castle, Wales
Kaffe Fassett brings his colourful textile exhibition to Powis Castle, Wales | © Kaffe Fassett Studio

Kaffe Fassett has a huge fanbase and his collections have been displayed in many different countries, including Japan, Canada, the USA, and Australia. Well-known for his creative designs, colourful patterns, and sumptuous fabrics, Kaffe’s work has landed him a one-man show at the V&A Museum, a feature in Vogue and a seat on the This Morning sofa.

Kaffe Fassett 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.”

National Trust members can see ‘Colour with Kaffe’ for free. Normal admission charges apply, no additional event charges. Castle open daily 12pm to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm) from 18 February. Visit Powis Castle's web page for more information.

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