Cas Holmes Workshop Program – “Edgelands”

PAPER AND TEXTILES: WORKSHOP Cas Holmes              

 Edgelands. Layers, Stitch and Mark

A typical workshop starts with a practical session to experimenting mark-making and other colour application techniques I use in conjunction with my found surfaces. This is followed by an exploration of methods used to join pieces together with adhesive mediums and stitch. As we progress participants will incorporate their own ideas as well as creating sketches, samples and notes for further reference. Participantsts will leave the course with a sound basis of processes and working samplers, or foundation pieces which they can continue to build on and develop at home.

Possibilities will arise to create complex layered dimensional machine or hand stitched ‘drawings’ We will explore marks onto lightweight fabrics such as cottons, muslins, silk organza, synthetics and explore paste methods to combine the layers of cloth and paper. Creative exercises with reference to the surrounding landscape and collected plants and objects and their application in relation to different fabrics (torn and old materials such as handkerchiefs, clothing and vintage fabrics).and found materials/paper will further help to develop personal expression and add meaning to your work. Your ‘visual narrative’ will take inspiration from the garden , architecture, wildlflowers and wildlife of the Capability Brown landscape here or your own subject references

 Student preparation:

The course which is largely centred on the creative re-use of the materials you may have available. Old domestic (not valuable) fabrics or scraps that can be recycled as well as copies of paper items, maps, photos and items gathered on your day to day journeys are useful things to collect.

As you work through the course you may chose to make reference from personal images of walls, marks in the land and through using materials you have collected for inspiration. Bring one or two images of previous work if you have them.


Equipment: Your favoured drawing media/paints. Can include any of the following, small tubes of acrylic or fabric paint.Any dyes stains you may like to bring (ink/ silk paint etc)

1 inch brush, 2/3 finer brushes, sponge, plastic lidded containers for paint and paste, sponge. Suitable clothing for workshop. Water resistant wax crayons. Basic sewing equipment (scissors, threads, pins). Sewing machine optional.

Papers:Collect assorted waste papers from patterned paper bags, oriental specialist papers, art papers, printed photocopies,old or discarded sketchbook drawings, paper offcuts

Gathered Fabrics. A range of fabrics natural and synthetics, net curtains, organza, prints, lace, scraps of cotton/polycotton, linen, silk fabrics/organza with or without prints.

One or two small objects or references for inspiration.

Camera and notebook to record work as it progresses.

(n.b paper and gathered ephemera should fit into one carrier bag!)


*There many be other materials you normally use as part of your practice and would like to explore such as iron on vilene /interfacing. Dyed and stained fabric scraps etc You are welcome to use these materials to supplement the above list but they not essential.


I will provide paste and conservation paper for a cover charge of no more than £5 per head.


Some examples of Cas’s work:

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