Take inspiration from both material and place to create a visual narrative and explore the use of layers in found textiles and papers to create folding forms and objects inspired by the land and landscape. Layered dyes and paints are combined with torn and old materials (handkerchiefs, vintage fabrics, lace) to create new surfaces. Further experiments with stitch and manipulation techniques will turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, as surfaces unfold. You will be encouraged to take risks and develop ideas through sketchbooks with a strong emphasis on inventive use of material as you progress with individual projects.
You will gain new skills in:
• Painting, dyeing and mark-making methods.
• Use of found and reclaimed materials, fabrics and papers as an inspirational source.
• Hand and machine stitching based on layering and piecing techniques, as used in the tutor's own practice.
• Developing stitch as line of drawing.
• Imaginative use of reference material and sketchbooks as a creative tool.
The outcome will be samples and small pieces demonstrating your own creative direction and experiments in the use of found materials, whilst gaining confidence in working from your own resource material.
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.