Cas Holmes workshop

I’m just back from 3 days of workshops led by the remarkably talented textile artist Cas Holmes.

Cas taught us new ways to work with old materials, to create surfaces with multiple layers of interest and work within the principles of sustainability. I created two folded books, the first inspired by the broadland landscape:

broad-landscape

and the second using vintage family embroidery and other family textiles, and some old crochet and embroidery instructions:

embroidery-book

 

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honesty collage experiments

here is a series of textile experiments where I have been stitching dried honesty seed heads to cotton satin fabric

honesty-1

I used just 2 colours initially, adding a backstitched seed head outline

honesty-2

in the final piece I changed the seed head to a more muted tone

honesty-3

what I liked about these pieces was that the shape of the honesty sprig I used was different each time, so the design is always in response to the natural form.

stitched words

These pieces were made using a calico base onto which strips of fabric and paper had been attached using wallpaper paste. The writing on both pieces is directly inspired by the circumstances in which I was creating the work.

camping

This first piece was made over a few days during a camping holiday with friends, it records memories of that particular time.

The second piece was made on one particularly windy day. I incorporated some linocut prints I had made, ripping them before attaching them to the fabric. Along with stitched words I also added some running stitch patterns.

august-wind