Cas Holmes is interested in the liminal ‘in between’ spaces connecting land, place and environment. Trained in fine art, her work combines mixed media with found materials and stitch and is best described as ‘painting with cloth’. This is reflected in her publications, the most recent Textile Landscape (Batsford 2018). Her books are available here.
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’
In the last few months Cas has been working on a specially commissioned project Places, Spaces, Traces as part of Gypsy Maker 4 supported by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company. and Arts Council, Wales. This tours early Spring 2020. This project has led to the developing new works reflecting the notion of ‘Identity’ and ‘Place’ for exhibition in 20-21
She is an exhibiting artist with Art Textiles Made in Britain and a member of the Society for Embroidered Work. Current information on workshops and exhibitions are updated on her blog and other links below.
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