Textile Books: Layers, Lines, and Image

Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes

Description

Layers, Lines, and Image: Unfolding Textile Books (and other objects)

Cas Holmes

Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes you can use an old book, maps, and found printed materials as a starting point to create a new works. The materials, text, and references will help to inform the content, as will our processes, from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, dye, and print. During this workshop, participants will make small personal works with narrative, meaning, and humor. Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We’ll make a book, but this is not a book-binding course.

On the first day: 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.

On the second and third days we’ll look at ways of working with the cloth, paper, and samples we have produced, focusing on use of text/image to inform the stitch/mark. Ways of joining pieces together; patchwork, seams, gathers, tearing, building towards textured and sculptural surfaces.

The focus will be on found materials. Cas is happy to also provide a small pack of specialist conservation papers, low-tack tape, and paste for student use. Suitable for artists who enjoy taking time for experimental discovery.  Cas enjoys introducing the serendipity of found materials into the art-making process, helping each student have a unique experience and create unique art.

www.casholmes.co.uk

Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes is an artist and author living in the U.K. She has a degree in Fine Arts and further scholarships led to her studying paper and textiles in Japan. Working between the disciplines of painting, drawing, and textiles, salvaged materials are torn, cut, and re-assembled to create mixed media pieces which draw their inspiration from ‘hidden’ or ‘overlooked’ observations of daily life. She works on community collaborations for public and private spaces and is represented in major collections including Arts Council England, Museum of Art and Design New York, and the Embroiderer’s Guild. Cas teaches internationally and has authored numerous books on textile art including: Connected Cloth, Urban Nature, The Found Object in Textile Art. Her latest book is Stitched Stories: Personal places, spaces and traces in Textile Art.

www.casholmes.co.uk

  • An Old Book
    An old book (or photocopies of some of selected pages), map, manuscript you are happy to cut and tear into.
  • Piece of calico or...
    old sheeting, watercolour paper, or similar if you want to strengthen pages or add to a fabric or paper base.
  • 2–3 items of additional writing media of your choice.
  • Ruler
  • Small sponge
  • Glue stick or pva glue
  • At least one waterproof soft-tipped pen
  • Cheap wax crayons
    for writing text and making rubbings (please make sure these are non-washable)
  • Scalpel or craft knife
  • Other Colours
    We will work with the colour found in your materials but you are welcome to bring small palette of colour if you want to use it, (such as koh-i noor.watercolour paints/crayons/pencils/pens/inks, whatever you have plus appropriate brushes)
  • Other Found Materials
    Small collection of found materials (no more than a carrier bag full!) Bring images for inspiration and one or two images of previous work (so I can get some idea of you practice) Photocopy images and photocopies of text. Themes to look for:Natural History: Images and text relating to plant, insects, birds. Think of how things may be recorded, presented in books of illustrations, science etc. Your own theme if you have a particular project you want to develop as well that relate to your your narrative.Walk-Look-Record: Take inspiration from the recording of a simple walk, place your regularly visit or a holiday Camera and notebook/sketchbook for recording progress
  • Basic Stitch Kit
    Containing a small selection of machine/hand stitch threads.

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