Cas Holmes

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Ballarat Spring 21st – 27th September 2020 FULL
Toowoomba Spring 29th September – 5th October 2020

About Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes is renowned for her use of ‘the found’, and her many-layered, atmospheric pieces have been exhibited around the world. Cas teaches at the internationally renowned West Dean College as well as working on projects and installations in the community including the Garden Museum, Rochester Cathedral and the Knitting and Stitching Show. A writer for Batsford all of her publications from her seminal first book. The Found Object in Textile Art, (Batsford), to the most recent’ Textile Landscape have been reprinted. An interview appears here

Painting with Cloth

Suitable for artists who enjoy taking time for experimental discovery, guided by Cas who enjoys introducing the serendipity of found materials into the art-making process.

What is the workshop / course about?

During this workshop, low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into individually designed textile works. Simple drawings staining and colouring of pieces of old clothing and cloth, cutting, pasting, stitching and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Artists always make reference to other images and narrative and this is equally observed in the cloth we have become familiar with which often reflect colours and textures we find in the natural world and the landscape. Using sketchbooks to record and act as a resource we will be informed by what we observe in the everyday things and objects around us. Equally, stories of place, and memories associated with specific patterns or historical and cultural aspects of cloth, can provide stimulus for the narrative or abstract qualities in the work.
From these we will create a range mixed media textile samples, hangings and objects using a range of techniques tailored to individual projects as your ideas develop.

We will explore

Approaches to using the sketchbook as an open resource tool informed by what we observe from the everyday.
The relationship between pattern on clothing and cloth as resource and inspiration.
The use of the surface patterns, seams and stitch to make direct prints
Staining and mark making, on paper and cloth using drawing/painting media and stitch.
Explore bonding methods adapted from Japanese screen making and paper crafts to layer of paper with found materials and cloth as a ‘wet applique’
Join pieces together using stitch building towards textured and sculptural surfaces.

Will there be additional costs?

The focus will be on found materials. Some materials will be provided as part of this course Wear suitable clothes for a workshop

Here's What You'll Learn With

CAS HOLMES

Explore approaches to using the sketchbook as an open resource tool informed by what we observe from the everyday

Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into individually designed textile works.

Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into individually designed textile works.

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