By enlisting 'found objects' from personal collections and/or those found at West Dean, we will explore creative journals and sketchbooks as a starting point for mixed media/textile-based work. A series of creative exercises exploring collage, colour and cloth will add personal expression and meaning to your work.
The course offers a unique insight into the tutor’s approach to gathering ideas and resources from the world as observed in a residency here at West Dean College. Samples will be available to look at, and the course will end with an open discussion of ideas and process about the work produced.
"Work does not readily fit into the edges of a canvas or frame, nor does it recognise the division of medium usage that defines the world of painting or textiles. This liminal space is a rich and challenging ‘in-between world’" Textile Landscape, Cas Holmes.
The journal and samples resulting from this creative exploration could be used as a starting point to your creative practice for mixed media and textile-based work, three dimensional, 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 techniques in paper, textiles and mixed media
- Simple drawing techniques and its combination with the stitched mark
- Creating your references, photos and notes. Seeing with ‘new eyes’.
The 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.
Mid-winter school week – 5–10 December
Kyra Cane, Mark Cazalet, Cas Holmes, Fiona Hutchison, Helen Turner
This group of five courses works with the common thread of encouraging you to refresh your creative output and inspire new work over the coming winter months. They are suitable for intermediate and advanced artists and makers.
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.