Explore the character and qualities of paper and other found material as a surface for working. You will focus on hand stitching as an extension of mark-making and various means of manipulating, attaching and joining surfaces. We use different threads to build up a range of distressed, torn, manipulated and collaged surfaces to create new elements of interest in your work. Methods are adapted from Japanese paper techniques such as Momigami, (kneaded paper) and look at the principles of Mouttaina (too good to waste) to re-interprete simple forms of straight or running stitch, a basic stitch in many in traditional embroidery techniques used all over the world, such as kantha from India and Bangladesh and sashiko and boro in Japan.
Creative exploration of this process could be used as a starting point for your own studies and reflect the textural interest in Cas Holmes' landscape and garden based cloth studies as featured in her books Embroidering the Everyday and Textile Landscape.
This course is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations – learn a traditional skill with a selection of 50 special one-day courses inspired by original 1970s subjects or focusing on heritage crafts.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Cas Homes studied in Fine Art, Maidstone College of Art (UCA) in the eighties before a further study in Japanese art, textiles and papermaking in Japan under a Japan Foundation Fellowship and a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship. She is a tutor at West Dean College alongside other adult education and community projects. Cas has also published work including; Textile Landscape, The Found Object in Textile Art, Stitch Stories, and Connected Cloth.
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