Cas Holmes is interested in the liminal ‘in between’ spaces connecting land, place and environment. Trained in fine art, her works combine mixed media with found materials and stitch and are best described as ‘painting with cloth’. This is reflected in her publications ‘Textile Landscape’ (2018), ‘Stitch Stories (2015) ‘The Found Object in Textile Art’ (2010), and co-written ‘Connected Cloth.
Urban Nature:The stories and imagery to be found in the everyday and commonplace are a constant source of inspiration for projects and collaborations: ‘Her work often contains snippets of text or discarded materials that have associations or conjure up memories. There is always a dialogue with the materials she uses. They bring their own history which is woven into the work. These collections of ephemera might seem meaningless but their apparent banality is open-ended. They are available to stimulate the imagination through the poetry of ordinariness. Everything has a connection and each viewer makes their own connections.’
Moira Vincentelli From an essay for the exhibition ‘Reflections’
News Update: In 2018 Cas is a guest exhibitor at the Knitting and Stitching Shows, London and Harrogate with her collaboration Tea Flora Tales. Her installation, ‘Trees’ is also on show at the ‘World of Threads’ exhibition in Canada, and pieces are in ‘Bloom’ celebrating Leeuwarden as European Capital of Culture. She is currently working towards a one person show in 2019, ‘Painting with Cloth’. Current information on workshops and exhibitions are updated on her blog and other links below.
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