At our March meeting Cas Holmes a widely respected textile artist and author of two textile books talked to our branch about her life and work. In the afternoon she ran a mini-workshop for the branch incorporating some of the techniques she incorporates into her work.
Cas gave a fascinating talk about her background, influences and training. With a fine art background she incorporates her love of nature and profound meaning and symbolism into her work. she is more interested in why work is made, not just how. Her work incorporates papers and discarded textiles such as old clothing and handkerchiefs. Her work is often narrative with references to her Romany grandmother and the countryside and plants that grow around the places she has lived. She is influenced by her training in Japan, and trys to maintain the integrity and identity of found materials in her work. Much of her work is designed for large spaces and she has a piece called Bluebells that has been bought for the EG collection which you may have seen at the recent postcard exhibition in Grantham.
The following day 16 members enjoyed a full day workshop with Cas entitled 'Extreme Stitching' - a day which challenged and certainly made us think about the way found textiles and paper could be successfully incorporated into textile work with hand and machine embroidery.