The Found Object in Textile Art

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  • Taps into one of the most popular textile trends today: the use of the found object
  • Author is one of the UK's leading textile artists
  • Contains a wealth of techniques and inspiration
  • Illustrated with the best textile art from around the world

Textile artists have always used found objects, both for decoration and to imbue their work with meaning, and recently the practice has become even more popular. Cas Holmes is renowned for her use of 'the found', and her many-layered, atmospheric pieces have been shown around the world.

The practice differs from recycling in that the objects often remain 'themselves' when they are incorporated into the work. The work is often conceived and built around the found object. The definition 'found object' can include a wide range of objects, from natural materials such as driftwood and leaves to old bits of machinery and vintage fabrics. Mundane objects such as CD cases can be used to create stunning pieces of art, or more sentimental items such as old jewellery can lend deep meaning to a work. This book contains a wealth of techniques and inspiration for incorporating found objects into your textile work.

ISBN 13 9781906388461
Price £19.99
Publication date 20 September 2010

Hardback 128 pages with 110 illustrations
276 x 216 mm, 10.87 x 8.50 in


Thanks for your message Cas. I will definitely be adding your book to my "must have" list as I too use found objects in my work - usally things found in nature. I love this element of textiles


Carolyn Saxby Mixed Media Textile Art

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Gosh, that is so weird. I stumbled across this blog article via Google alerts for textile art and the first person I thought of was Carolyn Saxby and look who was the first to leave a comment : ) Looks like a great book.
Cas Holmes said…
thnaks for kind comments

Have broken wrist so may be quite for a while

H. Javed said…
I have a random question:
Is textile art an area of mixed media?
I'm not sure myself, sometimes I think textile art is itself separate, but then it is a specialism/area that reuses so much of the everyday mundane things, its a kind of collage isn't it?
Oh and by the way, love that book cover - so original, is that a stitched onion?
Codingrim said…
nice content
Thanks for the article
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