By enlisting 'found objects' from your own personal collections or those found at West Dean, you will create tools to paint, print and stamp onto fabric creating samples inspired by locality and place. The creative process will develop as you find your subject matter and combine with materials and mediums of your choice. A series of creative exercises will further help to develop personal expression and add meaning to your work.
The sample pieces resulting from this creative exploration could be used as a starting point for your own mixed media, collage and textile based work. Using found materials for inspiration, you will gain confidence in exploration of print and mark as part of the design process and develop individual approaches for further development.
Materials and techniques covered:
Investigation of printing and mark-making techniques on paper and fabric.
Developing ideas from locality and found materials.
Mixed media approaches, combining paper and textile surfaces with stitch.
Investigative mark-making with free machine and hand stitch.
Teaching method is through a combination of demonstrations and discussion in a workshop based course, where you will be encouraged to work individually in applying techniques, and develop ideas in mixed media. There will be a short talk on one day at 5.00pm. Samples will be available to look at and the course ends with an open discussion of ideas and process in relation to the work produced.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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.