Art Workshop:Sketch-Stitch Folding Bookforms

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

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Sat, 13/05/2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Workshop: Sketch-Stitch Folding Bookforms
             Theme: Spring Hedgerows
                   Tutor: Cas Holmes

Explore creative ways of developing ideas through mixed media including; painting and mark making, collage, drawing with found objects, stitching and layering to open up the thought processes to the creation of your own folding hedgerow book.

On the day you will achieve painting and mark making on paper to create a background to work with. This will involve making a narrative, drawing a line and adding collage to your folded pages. We will also discuss further developments, why we should keep a sketchbook and its use as a personal record for further development.

By the end of the day you will have started a folding book form reflecting your own interests loosely based around the theme of hedgerows or field edges. This collage approach is a means for students to achieve great confidence in composition, colour, design and their own drawing and mark making skills in an imaginative way.

• Prior to the course the students should prepare by collecting the following: Select images, photocopies and details of old work and textures of interest to work with. This could be on any nature based theme.

• While all of the paper will be provided, students need to bring a small quantity of the following to the workshop: (this should all fit in one small bag.)

 Dry and wet colouring materials:
(wax crayons/pencils/pens/watercolour/acrylic paints, Koh I Noor inks...whatever you have)

• Additional materials for collage:
Papers: tissue (include white tissue), and a selection from the following: patterned wrapping paper, magazines, oriental specialist papers, hand made-paper etc. extra white paper, photocopy paper fine.
A small amount of lightweight coloured fabric scraps,
A selection of photocopied images reflecting your subject (some will be cut up).
Needle and some threads. (optional, you may prefer to collage and draw without stitch).

• An Apron

About Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes lives in Kent and graduated from University College of Creative Arts. This was followed by research into papermaking and textiles in Japan supported by a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship and Japan Foundation Fellowship. Renowned for her use of 'the found', she is the author of three books for Batsford. Her successful first publication The Found Object in Textile Art has been reprinted three times. Her most recent publication Stitch Stories takes an eclectic view on how the personal and everyday, different places, nature and the landscape can inform your textile work. Connected Cloth, her second, co-written publication looks at the nature and inspiration to be gained by working in collaboration in textiles.
Interested in the connections between land, place and environment, the stories and imagery to be found in collected materials and observations are a constant source of inspiration in her projects and collaborations. She travels, teaches and exhibits internationally for different organisations and charities. This includes an ongoing project -Tea Flora Tales- with contributions from makers world- wide with its emphasis on supporting wildflowers and their habitats and the work of Plantlife. She has received a 'Pride of Britain Award' from the NRI Institute (India/UK 2010) for excellence in her field and her art projects in India.

Since 2005 she has run courses for the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College where she was also resident artist. Her many-layered, atmospheric pieces are collected and commissioned internationally including; pieces held by the Museum of Art and Design New York, the Embroiderer's Guild UK and the Garden Museum, London. Supported by Arts Council England her one person show Urban Nature (first shown when she was a guest artist at the Knitting and Stitching Show in 2012) led to a major exhibition at the 20th Anniversary of the European Patchwork Meeting and the Lace Museum in the Netherlands.
In 2016-17 she exhibited 'Stitch Stories' in a one person show at Visions Art Museum San Diego, in London at the Books Pavilion gallery and shop and with Kent Wildlife. She is currently in the process of writing her fourth book for Batsford with a focus on the subject of landscape as a theme.


Venue location

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve,
KT22 8QA

Event information

Saturday 13th May 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
Price / Donation
SWT members £40, non-members £45
Suitable for 18+ years
Learning / Education
Surrey Wildlife Trust
Venue location
Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve,
KT22 8QA
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Please bring a packed lunch. There is a list of items that the tutor would like you to bring. This will be emailed over to you.
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