Tuesday, 26 June 2018

A 'World of Threads' and Creative Break in Italy.

 I have been busy working on some new projects and exhibitions recently including  working on 'Trees'  for the' Wild' exhibition with Art Textiles Made in Britain at the Festival of Quilts in August.  Most current exciting news is that this installation piece has also been accepted into the prestigious 'World of Threads' in Ontario so have been busy making further sections to add to the bigger space it will be shown in.

I am equally  delighted to be leading a cultural holiday and workshop to Italy in October with Arts and Cultural Travel. who 'travel a little different.'

Found-Stitch-Paint Workshop
Artist + Author Cas Holmes 

Crossing rolling hills, medieval villages, churches, and castles immersed in a landscape of unique beauty lies the charming medieval town of Colle Val d’ Elsa.

  Situated between Florence and Siena just slightly off the beaten path we’ll wander the narrow streets, small shops and markets drinking in inspiration from
a time long ago.

Settle in with pen and journal, stitch and paint while tapping into the creative well that has been yearning for just this kind of journey.

You'll savour these memories in the pages of your journal for years to come.

My summer school with West Dean College is full. I have a few more workshops listed for the Winter. These and other workshops are listed here 
I recently ran short taster sessions as part of the Craft Festival in June followed by a three day workshop looking at 'Land-Marks and 'Landscape' in cloth. Of course, I could not resist a look around the gardens in the brilliant weather. They looked beautiful in the sun and enjoyed the sculptures by
Thankyou to the participants on the course who gave kind permission to include images of their work below.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Nadeltwelt, the Green in Urban Karlsruhe and a Few Strange Critters

I have a rare week where I have been able to  explore in my studio and garden and reflect back on the last month. I started with a show at Nadelwelt in Karlsruhe, Germany. I was so busy so found it hard to get away from my space and take other galleries in other than for a brief lunch break.The Quilt Angels and visiting friends meant I was able to talk about my work (and do a quick stretch and a walk). The very was very well organised and the exhibition space beautifully lit with natural daylight. Below are a few images of my space including the ongoing installation Tea Flora Tales which will be at the Knitting and Stitching Show later in the year.

I did manage to take a couple of pictures of other exhibits and was thrilled to meet up with some old friends. It good to see Indian Journal on show in Stuff for Thought organised by Heidi Drahota. This exhibition was first shown at the Human Rights Office in Nuremberg and will be at the Festival of Quilts later in the year.
A number of European artists were on show. I apologise for not having more images (in some cases images were not permitted or I simply did not have the means for taking an image with me. These are some from exhibitors close to my stand. 

I was also interviewed for Textile Art magazine.

The green spaces interleaved amongst the buildings around the hotel where I was staying made for good walking in the mornings and evenings. The botanic gardens were not far away and loved the bonsai in spaces around a building and the sculpture. The grasses in the final building are outside the conference centre where Nadelwelt is held.

I am preparing for workshops in West Dean and the French Alps next month and need to get back to the studio to make 'stuff' but cannot resist sharing some of partner's sketches. While away in Australia I often shared my strange critter experiences with my hubby Derek as part of my daily phone call. He made his own interpretations of them. These are a few of my favourites which bring me back to each encounter. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Textile Landscape and Nadel-Welt

Delighted to be at Nadel-welt in Germany from 4-6 May 2018 with Common-Land and Tea-Flora-Tales (pictured below at the Beaney Gallery, Canterbury). I have received contributions from Canada, Australia and the UK in the last week. This work will also be exhibited later in the year at the Knitting and Stitching Shows (more news on this later.)
Stuff for Thought will also be exhibiting, This is a shared project of textile artist Heidi Drahota and the Human Rights Office of the City of Nuremberg

This exhibition is the first of a series of events marking the publication of my fourth book for Batsford, 'Textile Landscape:Painting with Cloth'. I was excited to receive an image of the jacket cover shortly before leaving Australia last week. The front cover is the Medway Gap and the back cover is Loy Yang Power Station, Australia. The team at Batsford have done an amazing job. It is already available for pre-order on Amazon.
A lovely interview featured in Hand/Eye Magazine earlier in the month.

It is the act of using the needle, of punching the surface, joining disparate pieces together and adding textural mark which excites me most. It is perhaps also the one tool I use that most painters do not use and allows me to take my work in many directions both physically and conceptually.
Finally, Cup and Eucalyptus Flower above found a new home yesterday. The purchaser lives in the UK and also has associations with Queensland. Travel in the region provided the inspiration for this piece. A week after my return from it is apt that this piece marks tea and friendship.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Edges of Australia...The Land That Waited

I have been 'there and back' again. Started in Brisbane and have returned ready to make my way home. This really is a Land That Waited for me to discover it anew just as the early settlers needed to explore all this great land has to offer.
I have been to Traralgon, Ballarat, New England and Lismore
to run a series of workshops around the theme of 'Unfolding Landscape' organised with Fibre Arts Australia

Traralgon selection of students work and a view of the Loy Yang power station.

Ballarat, 'Story of the Painters Pants' part of last night display .

 Thankyou book from Ballarat
Tea Flora Tales contribution from Ballarat.
Working on location with Go Create in New England.
Sketchbooks New England
My demonstration drawing with a pen created with a kangaroo rib? drink can and cellophane wrap and other mediums and materials found on location (photo taken by Tara Axford)
A Swamp Wallaby came to visit on the last day.
A brief break and then a car ride to Lismore to the final workshop meeting wildlife on the way.

Lismore in New South Wales was the next port of call for the final workshop in in this Unfolding Landscapes series at Woodlawn. 

This little piece from Heather seems highly appropriate as we mark Anzac day on Wednesday 25th.

Thankyou to all the students, Fibre Arts Golden team, friends and colleagues from Queensland to Victoria who made this such a worthwhile tour. 

 Really enjoyed seeing a good selection of Namatjira's work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

 I also especially loved the collection of  pieces entitled Ghost Nets by Regie Sabatino marking the traditions of Torres Straights Islanders with a contemporary twist

I close with a few more images from Brisbane and nearby Mount Glorious Forest Reserve