Stitch-Sketch-Books:Textile Books with Cas Holmes
27th June – 4th July 2018

Cas Holmes Website

Cas Holmes is coming to the Alpine Experience. Author of several books and articles including the Found Object in Textile Art and Stitch Stories her approach is 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’.

Be inspired by the colours emerging in a garden or changes on the landscape.The colours, textures and changing light over the meadows,  fields and landscape can provide stimulus for the narrative, formal or abstract qualities in textile works. Create samples using a range of techniques inspired by locality and place tailored to the individual projects as your ideas develop.

Suitable for artists who enjoy taking time for experimental discovery, guided by Cas who enjoys introducing the serendipity of found materials into the art-making process.

What is the workshop / course about?

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.
We will look at rubbing, staining and mark making, on paper and cloth using drawing/painting media and stitch. Reference will be made to paper lamination layering of paper with found materials and fabric using techniques adapted from Japanese screen making and paper crafts. As you work you will look at the references to text and other images you have collected. and consider how you may want to place them together.

Ways of joining pieces together, patchwork, seams, gathers, tearing, building towards textured and sculptural surfaces

Will there be additional costs?

The focus will be on found materials. Some materials such as conservation tissues, paste and a small sketchbook will be provided as part of this course

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