In this course, Cas Holmes will reference the College and Gardens as a means to explore our relationship with the simple things of the everyday and how these can inspire and inform the development of your creative ideas and processes. See everyday things in a different way and take the fear out of using a sketchbook as you use mixed media techniques with found materials to develop an individual approach to drawing, collage, stitching and layering methods. Experiments are encouraged and may open up other exciting avenues to the creation of your own work. Work in a small spiral bound sketchbook and/ or improvise a simple folding sketch or sample book with found papers and materials.
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 recognize 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 for developing mixed media collage and textile-based work.
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 your 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.
You will be taught through a combination of demonstrations and discussion in this workshop-based course, where you will be encouraged to work individually to apply techniques and develop ideas in mixed media.
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.