Cas works on private and public commissions and is represented in international collections (including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Arts Council England, The Embroiderer’s Guild UK and the Garden Museum London. Examples of projects and other works are featured here (Click highlighted text in each section to see more images). She is also represented by the Saatchi on-line gallery. To arrange a visit to her studio or for more general enquiries about her work/prices please use the contact form.
The Shipping Forecast
Over the last 5 years I have been developing work for new projects planned to take place in 2022-23. Themes have developed from my recent commissioned exhibition Gypsy Maker 4:Places, Spaces, Traces. This new work has led to an invitation for me to create an installation for exhibition at the beautiful Sint-Anna-ten-Drieën church in Antwerp (summer 2022) through the organisation vzw ANNA3. A selection of the pieces called The Shipping Forecast was installed in the amazing creative space of a converted lightvessel LV21, in Gravesend in the UK as well as at R Space in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
You can hear me speak about the project in these beautiful films shot by Gary Weston on LV21 and in my studio , supported by Fibre Arts Takes Two.
What We Value, What We Miss related community work, and Trees installation in the church ‘dancing’ with Bach here.
As slowing down became necessary in her life, Cas Holmes was able to pause, reflect and notice the simple things – the often overlooked – which provided a rich resource for her latest textile work.
As she gardened by day, she stitched her observations in the evening. Images of a robin perched on a fork, carrots and peas from seed packets and daisies planted in a watering can. She hand stitched words, like a diary: thoughts about spring bulbs and an October bonfire, standing on a slug in bare feet, the crow who stole her toast, and the fox she saw in the veggie patch. It was cathartic. From:
Textile Artist, A Continual Challenge of Ideas
Gypsy Maker 4 Places, Spaces, Traces
Places, Spaces, Traces: Gypsy Maker 4. Valuable mentoring and commission allowed me to reflect on my identity and mixed heritage which led to new works for exhibition which questions the relationship we have with the land and each other. With migration and travel alongside recent changes in our working lives, the certainties about who we are and our place in the world is in flux . Supported by the groundbreaking Romani Cultural and Arts Company and Arts Council Wales this worked toured 2020-2022
Textile Landscape:Painting with Cloth
‘Painting With Cloth’ by Cas Holmes explores explores the connection between landscape, people and place. Collecting found materials as she goes, Cas creates marks with cloth, paint and stitch with a disregard of the divisions of medium usage and application that often define the world of painting and textiles. This exhibition started its tour at the Knitting and Stitching Show 2018 .This Textileartist video on Facebook gives and insight into my approach to stitch (Toured Rochester Art Gallery 2019, The National Needlework Archive, Old Chapel Arts Centre, Newbury 2021 and Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, Cumbria, 2022
Commonplace’ looks at the nature of place and our relationship to a constantly changing landscape in an increasingly urbanised world giving the impression of capturing a moment or ‘thing’ before it is gone. These ‘common places’ are not town or countryside, but rather ‘edgelands’, the sides of roads, railway sidings, areas on the edges of the industrial landscape which have a strange beauty all of their own
40 Yards shares the observations of familiar things, the stuff of the everyday, alongside the seasonal changes within the locality of the artists home. The piece began with a scrap of fabric with the words 40 yards printed on it. The basis for each piece is created from materials collected whilst travelling. Bringing the world of home and travel together.
Urban Nature, first shown at the Knitting and Stitching show in 2012, is a continuing theme, looking at our connection to the world around us. It explores where our urban and garden spaces meets the ‘hidden’ or overlooked places of the broader landscape.
Above, All That Remains. work reflecting themes in relation to the Titanic story. Exhibited in an exhibition of the same name organised by Dr Sharon Michi-Kusonoki
An interesting insight to her working process can be seen in Conception to Creation a series of articles on Textileartist.
Examples of some of the works detailed are featured in the catalogues Found-Paint-Stitch (featured below) and Urban Nature.
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