Investigate deconstructing and subverting the narrative form of maps, or book-related objects to create new forms of mixed media paper and textile-based work, which reference a physical or reflective journey. Develop your visual narrative as you stitch, paint and collage a bound or modular work loosely based on a book-form.
Maps are a symbol for a journey, both physical through a favourite landscape, or part of travel reflecting a personal journey. In this workshop, you will investigate methods of deconstructing and subverting the narrative form of maps, old book and related objects to create new forms for mixed media paper/textile-based work. The references you select, books, texts, photocopies of your drawings, will direct the content and processes from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, paint and collage. Your visual narrative can take inspiration from the urban/wild spaces of West Dean Gardens or subject of your choice.
Methods emphasize the use of waste material combined with some specialist paper and dye techniques adapted from the tutor’s own practice.
The pieces resulting from this creative exploration will be an improvised mixed media concertina, unfolding, bound or modular book form (although please note: this is not a bookbinding course).
• Combining paper and textiles.
• Investigation of mark-making techniques.
• Creation of folded and dimensional book-forms.
In a combination of demonstrations and discussion, you will be able to work individually in applying techniques and develop ideas in mixed media. Samples will be available to look at and the course ends with an open discussion of ideas and process about the work produced.
On the first evening session, there will be an informal slide talk of the tutor’s work in textile, book objects and mixed-media followed by a brief discussion and practical session allowing you to ask questions.
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.