Cas works on private and public commissions and is represented in international collections (including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Arts Council England, The Embroiderer’s Guild UK and the Garden Museum London. To arrange a visit to her studio or for more general enquiries about her work please use the contact form. (Click highlighted text in each section to see more images)
Gypsy Maker 4 Places, Spaces, Traces
I am working on a touring exhibition Places, Spaces, Traces as part of Gypsy Maker 4. Valuable mentoring allows me to reflect on my identity and mixed heritage and to question the relationship we have to the land and each other. With migration, changes in our working lives and increasing opportunities to travel, certainties about who we are and our place in the world is in flux . Supported by The Romani Cultural and Arts Company and Arts Council Wales
Textile Landscape:Painting with Cloth
‘Painting With Cloth’ by Cas Holmes explores explores the connection between landscape, people and place. Collecting found materials as she goes, Cas creates marks with cloth, paint and stitch with a disregard of the divisions of medium usage and application that often define the world of painting and textiles. This exhibition started its tour at the Knitting and Stitching Show 2018 and will continue to tour until 2021. This Textileartist video on Facebook gives and insight into my approach to stitch
Commonplace’ looks at the nature of place and our relationship to a constantly changing landscape in an increasingly urbanised world giving the impression of capturing a moment or ‘thing’ before it is gone. These ‘common places’ are not town or countryside, but rather ‘edgelands’, the sides of roads, railway sidings, areas on the edges of the industrial landscape which have a strange beauty all of their own
40 Yards shares the observations of familiar things, the stuff of the everyday, alongside the seasonal changes within the locality of the artists home. The piece began with a scrap of fabric with the words 40 yards printed on it. The basis for each piece is created from materials collected whilst travelling. Bringing the world of home and travel together.
Urban Nature, first shown at the Knitting and Stitching show in 2012, is a continuing theme, looking at our connection to the world around us. It explores where our urban and garden spaces meets the ‘hidden’ or overlooked places of the broader landscape.
Above, All That Remains. work reflecting themes in relation to the Titanic story. Exhibited in an exhibition of the same name organised by Dr Sharon Michi-Kusonoki
An interesting insight to her working process can be seen in Conception to Creation a series of articles on Textileartist.
Examples of some of the works detailed are featured in the catalogues Found-Paint-Stitch (featured below) and Urban Nature.
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