‘Hands on, experimental with a strong emphasis on using found materials and inventive applications of textile and mixed media processes as part of the exploration of developing a ‘creative language West Dean College .
My workshops and projects are centred around the exploration of skills and ideas to help you to develop an individual approach to making as part of the creative process.
I am a trained tutor and community artist with experience of working with organisations and groups internationally including West Dean College and Kent Adult Education. Please contact me for further information regarding in person or online talks and workshops
2021 workshops: In-person workshops may be subject to change due to Covid restrictions
West Dean College
26 to 30 August 2021. Taking inspiration from the land, explore the use of layers in found textiles with papers to create folded forms. Print, dye, collage and stitch will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary as new surfaces emerge.
5 to 10 December 2021 By enlisting ‘found objects’ from personal collections and/or those found at West Dean, we will explore creative journals and sketchbooks as a starting point for mixed media/textile-based work. A series of creative exercises exploring collage, colour and cloth will add personal expression and meaning to your work.
Other courses. Please check directly with the hosts for availability and updates
‘Small objects of desire’ at Queen Street Gallery Neath 30 and 31st October £160
Taking our inspiration from everyday objects, (cups, bowls etc) collections of natural forms (shells, feathers, leaves) or other types of personal memorabilia as a starting point for developing themes we will create our own layered, collage and stitch ‘Still Life’ or ‘Landscape/Nature Study’. Found paper, fabric scraps and found materials will be combined with transferring of images and stitch as a means for informing work for the development of new ideas. These will be constructed on a small canvas (supplied).
In Stitches. (Wokingham) Layers, Lines and Image -narrative pieces combining stitch, cloth, paper November 23-25th (Full)
Lund Studios in North Yorkshire, 5-7 April 2022 Stitch-Sketch-Book, Folding bookforms.
Making Connections – Mark, Layer & Stitch is a rich creative resource full of inspiration and ideas to last a lifetime. It’s a worldwide community for enrolled students to connect in a private online forum and share your textile adventures directly with Cas, ask questions, bounce ideas, and gain the skills and confidence needed to create your own mixed media masterpiece
Studio Preniac 21st-28th May 2022 Artists always make reference to other images and narrative. You can use pages from old books, maps and found printed materials as a starting point to create a new work. The materials, text and references you decide to use will direct the content and processes used, from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch and paint. This is not a book-binding course.
During this workshop, participants will make small personal works with narrative, meaning and humour. Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and colouring of pages, cutting, pasting, stitching and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Sweet Nothings 29th May-4 June 2022 Join me in a retreat in South West France for an experimental workshop combining cloth with found materials and inventive applications of textile and mixed media processes. Investigate mark making, colour and painting techniques with cloth and paper using ‘Wet Applique’ layering and bonding combined with ‘Stitch Sketching’ .
The Alpine Experience, Painting with Cloth, Cas Holmes work is often described as ‘painting with cloth. In this workshop, participants will make small personal works with narrative, meaning and colour Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art (to be rescheduled)
Delighted to be invited back to work with Fibre Arts Australia provisionally rescheduled September 2022
Kent Adult Education
Courses are currently being taught either in class and also via Zoom. Please check on booking. Updates can be found by searching under my name here.
Examples of work in progress on courses here
More dates and venues to be added as booking links become available.
Each session is a challenge and an inspiration. Your encouragement to each of us to look for our own direction with your support is more than I expected – you are indeed a very generous teacher. (Eileen)
Your approach to Zoom was not only highly professional but was delivered with respect, thoughtfulness and made us feel we were creating together. (Amanda)