‘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 .

(On-line sketchbook demo at West Dean during lockdown available here.)

Courses organised by host partners follow current safety and social distancing guidelines. I teach private groups, guilds and 1:1 by invitation in person or on-line (via Zoom) live. For further information please contact me.

West Dean College

Places, Spaces and Traces, Winter School 6-11th December . 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.The course offers a unique insight into the tutor’s approach to gathering ideas and resources from the world as observed in a residency here at West Dean College.

Mapping Your Space-New Narratives in Paper and Cloth 14-18th March 2021 Investigate deconstructing and subverting the narrative form of maps, or book-related objects to create new forms of mixed media paper and textile-based work, which reference a physical or reflective journey. Develop your visual narrative as you stitch, paint and collage a bound or modular work loosely based on a book-form.

Hope and Elvis in Nottingham,  Cloth and Shadows and  Layers, Lines and Image   creating improvised stitch-sketch book (note to be rescheduled 1-4th May 2020

Landmarks, Littleheath Barn Studio (near Birmingham) 3-5 February 2021  (waitlist only)

In Stitches. (Wokingham) Tues 6- Frid 8 April 2021  Layers, Lines and Image -narrative pieces combining stitch, cloth, paper  

Lund Studios  in North Yorkshire , 8-10 June 2021. Stitch-Sketch-Book, Folding bookforms.

Demo live (photo courtesy of Sheilagh Dyson)

The Alpine Experience,  13-20 July 2021 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

Sweet Nothings 28th 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’ . 

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 in a safe manner and also via Zoom. Please check on booking. Updates can be found by searching under my name here.

Art Nouveau Baubles

In this course you will explore experimental pattern forming to create thematically inspired baubles informed by the works of the Art Nouveau artists such as Mucha, and Klimt. These will be in pen and ink to which you can add colour using felt pens, or watercolour. Currently being run on line via Zoom in an afternoon session for 2.5 hours on Saturday 28th November. Limited numbers.

1.30-4.00 Saturday 28th November

Examples of work in progress on courses here

More dates and venues to be added as booking links become available.