Workshops-Education

'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).
War and Gardens, Garden Museum and Age UK Bromley and Greenich
Images kind permission of the Garden Museum and johonephotography


Workshops and commissions are delivered in response to groups, exhibitions or projects, with an emphasis on individual development of ideas.
The overlooked details found on a daily walk or favourite place combined with the use of found materials can be rich resources for inspiration. Find beauty and meaning in things retrieved from the everyday connection to the urban and natural elements of landscape. Is Stitch Art'  on the Embroiderer's Guild website provides an interesting perspective on this area of practice.
Contact me for availability and information or to discuss your ideas for a project or workshop.

Forthcoming workshops are listed below (private studio, educational, Guild workshops are not posted here)

In the UK



West Dean College Short Courses (see my page)
Unfolding landscapes – cloth, paper and stitch (summer school) 12 to 18 August 2017 Summer School SS7162.  Taking inspiration from both material and place, explore the use of layers in found textiles and papers to create folding forms and objects inspired by the land and landscape. Print, dye, collage and stitch will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary as new surfaces emerge and your landscape unfolds.

Paper, Text and Image-Art Textiles.1-3 September Taking inspiration from everyday domestic objects or natural forms as a starting point, develop a study on a small canvas with a still life or nature inspired theme. You will explore ways of transferring images, creating layers, collage and stitch with fabric, paper and text into a textured mixed media work.


Common Lands, One day workshop, Powered by Touch, Farnham Pottery. Saturday 8 April

Saturday 22 April, Small Object of Desire, Huguenot Museum Rochester,  £50
Take inspiration from everyday items to create your own stitched and stencilled ‘nature story’ on canvas with Cas Holmes. Found paper, fabric scraps, and found materials will be combined with stencils, mark making and stitching to develop new ideas will be constructed onto canvas.


Using the Found:Text, Paper and Image 3 day course 31st March to 2nd April, Folkestone Residential with Maidstone Embroidery Guild (£360)    Artists always make reference to other images and narrative. In this workshop we investigate methods of working with found text and imagery as a starting point for textile based work and design ideas. Combining found materials with paper and cloth using techniques adapted from tutor’s own practice and exploration of Japanese methods we experiment with the creation of momigami (paper cloth), print and stitch as a design element and as a means for informing work and the development of new ideas. For further details please contact Mary Kinsey

Surrey Wildlife Trust, Sketch-Stitch Folding Bookforms, Spring Hedgerows Sat, 13 May 10-3.00
Introduction to developing your ideas using mixed media, drawing and stitch in the creation of a folding hedgerow book reflecting the wildlife around you.
'Unfolding Landscapes' Books and scrolls. Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 May 2017
Create a concertina book form or one that can be viewed as a scroll. Using mixed media techniques we bond and layer cloth and paper pages together with paste and stitch as part of the design and construction of the piece  Your ‘visual narrative’ will take inspiration from gardens, hedges and wildlflowers/wildlife. (full, waiting list only)
Dutch Blue
Delighted to be back at the Harbour Gallery in Jersey this Summer running two one day workshops on 24 and 25th June.Contact the gallery for more details.

Diva Design Studios  Delight to be 'North of The Border' , Logie Staeding near Inverness in September with two linked workshops:Price includes lunch in The Olive Tree Cafe at Logie Steading and teas/coffee and biscuits
23 – 24th September. Wild Gardens . £140 for 2 days. 
25th September. Postcards from the Landscape  £70 for 1 day.


Kent Adult Education various including 30 week drawing and painting classes on Thursday and Fridays starting 29 September and  new one day courses.Enter my name under tutor search for courses 2016-17 
Limited Edition: Workshops for 2-5 people from my home workspace by arrangement. Explore different approaches to textiles and mixed media work in a relaxed creative environment with an emphasis on individual development. I am happy to discuss specific details of projects or offer one to one tuition and guidance. (contact me for details)

Europe and Beyond: 
2017
Zijdelings in Tilburg in April 2017
11 April 2017 - Walk, Draw, Stitch
This one day workshop is an introduction to basic methods of recording ideas for inspiration from your 'locality'. Referring to the buildings and landscape of the local environment, the outcome will be development and research work in a simple folding 'sketch or sample sketchbook’. Working with found materials develop an individual approach to recording, drawing, collage.  (Full)
12-13 April 2017 - Urban Nature: Explore Cloth, Collage, Mark, Stitch
The local landscape or urban townscape can provide a rich vein for stimulus and discovery. Compositions in cloth will reference and discover the overlooked details of the local environment or your own landscape/townscape images(Full)
Places, Spaces and Traces with Alpine Experience,  France, 2-9th August 2017  In this workshop you will experiment with different media and techniques, mark-making and paint methods on fabric, including sun print with *silk dyes (weather allowing). The use of stitch as a ‘line’ or mark and texture, and different approaches to assembling textile collage.

Unfolding Landscapes at Crafty Retreats, in rural France 8-15 September 2017.
We will draw inspiration from the locality: landscapes, gardens, plants and found materials as a resource and explore direct approaches for creating colour and movement on cloth. (This course is FULL. I will be back teaching in July 2018)
Comments from students on recent courses:                                                       pintrest
The entire workshop experience was packed with artists of lively talent and heart. In fierce heat, these 15 women filled 36 hours with intense focus and concentration. Led by a mightily energy of about 5'5" who really knows her stuff! Cas Holmes is a masterful artist and teacher. Those of us able to attend felt honored and privileged to be with her. We took away many new skills and I left feeling brave as an artist for the first time in 15 years, (I haven't been able to call myself an artist for that long either).
 From the Land Jessica (San Diego Book Artist)

It has been a little over a week since my return from West Dean and the experience has been much in mind.  I gained more than I think I could ever say from being on the course with Cas Holmes.  It was great to spend time in the beautiful location, not only did it  enrich my own practice, but so  generative in regard to the work that I do in mental healthcare settings and the community. (Extract from student letter who attended Tracing Shadows course at West Dean) 
 
Some images of Tea Flora Tales donated by San Diego books arts in workshop.
Marion work in progress. Here is a lovely link to feedback from a students perspective on a recent workshop at Eaubrink studios by Marion on Artmixter blog.

This is the second workshop I've attended led by Cas Holmes, and all I can say is that personally, I find her an extremely inspirational teacher, and someone who encourages a very relaxed, serendipitous attitude to the techniques that she teaches. If you get the chance, I can thoroughly recommend one of her classes.  Cath  reporting on (Small Objects- collographs) and an image of the work in progress. See more by Cath on Stitchclothcolour )

Below-a selection of images from my workshops. Many thanks to the students who gave me kind permission to use the images of their work in progress.
 
 Marks on Cloth,  a drop-in community workshop on board LV21.



What did I learn?? Hmmm, it is really hard to describe.... I learned to be less precious and to dive into the work. Not to worry so much, each layer can be changed, altered, built up, stripped back and added to......I had a very enjoyable day and learned so much.

Below:Images and Narratives, folding books   Milton Keynes Arts Centre,
A piece in progress by Julie Leach
I really enjoyed both of your courses and felt that I gained a tremendous amount. As much as your book, (The Found Object in Textile Art,) is excellent, the opportunity to see you applying your own techniques was very special. Most of all though I loved your teaching approach. You constantly made us think for ourselves and challenged what was possible. I always think it's the quality of the questioning that is key and that is where the experienced practitioner prepared to teach creatively can take a student so much further than the painting by numbers approach can ever achieve. As I said on the day you are a teacher not an instructor and I know that requires a lot more personal investment. I, for one, really appreciated it.
Julie Leach, Course at Artwork Milton Keynes

Work from one day courses at my home workshop looking and print and layer: Work in progress in the studio top left: Jean and Elise, Top Right Jenny. Below Text and Image workshop  (Claire)

Extreme Stitching Red at the Huguenot Museum, Rochester.



Students on a Memories on Canvas course at Maidstone Museum referred to old historic Ladybird book illustrations to draw upon their favourite memories from camping, to a childhood swing in a garden in this work in progress inspired by Ladybird books in a Ladybird Childhood exhibition. 

Below:images Of Cloth, Pattern and Clothing and Text, Paper Image from workshops organised through Fibre Arts Australia  Recent reports on workshops and visit to Australia with here.

 
 Pieces for Tea-Flora-Tales and work from students
      Annette Glare                                   Annette Packett
Tanya Davies
Below: Report from  Extreme Stitching workshop and talk with Cork Textile Network
On the back  cover of a West Dean brochure  with work by the same student, Katie Boucher's work in progress featured here.























Exploring marks in Drawing for Textiles  translating into stitch and back again.Top left to right, Lindi Bundfuss, Karen Butti, Noura Almehain, Helen Mason, Carol Hilary Bartlett, Sarah Eaton. www.westdean.org.uk

Images of workshops by kind permission of participants
All images and text copyright Cas Holmes 2016.
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