Artists always make reference to other images and narrative. In this workshop you will look at developing ideas through creative journals and sketchbooks as a starting point for textile based work and design ideas. Using the images, patterns and textures found in the building and grounds of West Dean and/or from your own design source, you will start your own visual diary and look at creating sketches and design ideas in unconventional ways. These will be used as a base to start torn paper drawings and textile mixed-media processes to start evolving ideas for a piece of work. This workshop offers a unique insight into the tutor’s approach to gathering ideas and resources from the world around you and reflects her own approach to working as observed in a residency here at the College.
The journal and samples resulting from this creative exploration could be used as a starting point to your own creative practice for mixed media and textile-based work, in three-dimensions, books or collage.
Materials and techniques covered:
•Collation and developing ideas through drawing, collage and photography.
•Developing references using collected media and found resources referencing West Dean or own subject.
•Combining paper and textiles media and techniques.
•Simple drawing techniques and its combination with the stitched mark.
•Creating your own references, photos, and notes. Seeing with new eyes.
A combination of demonstrations and discussion in the workshop will encourage you to work individually in applying techniques in the development of your own journal. Develop ideas in mixed media. 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.