40 Yards: Inspiration within your Footsteps

By Cas Holmes

Cas introduces you to the process she undertakes as a means to create a body of work and what underpins her research. She takes you through the making pf pieces for her 40 yards series, from where she found inspiration.

Cas is always drawing and collecting things relevant to her subject matter and the research comes out of a ‘Magpie’ tendency to gather things and an interest in the notion of the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi – which broadly translates into finding beauty in the overlooked details of daily life and worn surfaces of everyday objects.

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About the speaker

Carolyn Ducey

Cas Holmes trained in fine art. Her work combines mixed media with found materials and stitch and is best described as ‘painting with cloth’. Salvaged materials are torn, painted and re-assembled to create mixed media pieces drawing their inspiration from the landscape and the everyday.

Her work and projects are reflected in her publications for Batsford and the most recent is ‘Textile Landscape’ (2018).

Cas has recently been commissioned to work on an exhibition, Places, Spaces, Traces as part of Gypsy Maker 4 supported by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company and Arts Council, Wales. Having toured in 2020, this has led to the development of a new installation reflecting the notion of ‘Identity’ and ‘Place’ which is due to exhibit in Antwerp during 2021.

Cas is an exhibiting artist with Art Textiles Made in Britain who will be exhibiting at The Festival of Quilts in 2021.


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