Found Stitch Paint
Cas Holmes is interested in the liminal, ‘in between’ spaces connecting land, people and place. Trained in fine art, her work combines mixed media with found materials and stitch and is best described as ‘painting with cloth’.
Her work and projects are reflected in her publications for Batsford the most recent are Embroidering the Everyday (2021) and Textile Landscape (2018).
Urban Nature. The stories and imagery to be found in the everyday and commonplace are a constant source of inspiration for projects: ‘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’
Cas recently worked 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 which toured physically and virtually. New works the Shipping Forecast and Empty Vessels reflecting the notion of ‘Identity’ and ‘Place’ is currently on tour in the UK through 2023 following exhibition on LV21 , Gravesend and at R Space, Lisburn, and in Antwerp with Anna 3 where she was guest artist at Sint Anna-ten-Drieën June to September 2022.
Current news is posted on her blog