‘Hands on, experimental with a strong emphasis on using found materials and inventive applications of textile and mixed media processes as part of the exploration of developing a ‘creative language West Dean College .

My workshops and projects are centred around the exploration of skills and ideas to help you to develop an individual approach to making as part of the creative process.

(On-line sketchbook demo at West Dean during lockdown available here.)

I am a trained tutor and community artist with experience of working with organisations and groups internationally including West Dean College and Kent Adult Education.


Due to a change in family circumstances I have made changes to how I work. I am taking bookings for on-line workshops and talks, with organisations and groups and am beginning to re-introduce some teaching ‘in-person’ when I can. If you would like more information please get in touch via the contact form on this website.

West Dean College

Live online course – Create a stitch-sketchbook map

Develop your visual narrative in mixed-media textiles using stitch, paint and collage to create improvisational folding book forms, as you reference ideas surrounding a journey or place.

A limited number of places available on this live via Zoom course a new date to be arranged winter 2023 Running over 3 days, Day 2 is an untutored day for self-directed study while developing your work. £150 (please contact West Dean direct to go on the waitlist)

Personal journals – sourcing inspiration for textiles 25 to 28 September 2023

Discover ways of creating and exploiting your sketchbooks as a starting point for mixed media, textile projects or three-dimensional designs. Using unconventional drawing techniques, collage and photography, capture and develop ideas from your immediate environment.

Other courses. Please check directly with the hosts for availability and updates.

Coming soon:online

Making Connections online course with Fibre Arts Takes Two

Making Connections – Mark, Layer & Stitch is a rich creative resource full of inspiration and ideas to last a lifetime. It’s a worldwide community for enrolled students to connect in a private online forum and share your textile adventures directly with Cas, ask questions, bounce ideas, and gain the skills and confidence needed to create your own mixed media masterpiece. You can read more about community teaching here.

Register your interest when enrolments open for the next course

Cas Holmes teaching online with Fibre Arts Take Two
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International work.

I am not able to undertake much travel at the moment which has meant a change to how I work internationally. I am currently offering bespoke on-line workshops and courses with project partners, groups and organisations by invitation. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss your project ideas with me.

Kent Adult Education

Courses are currently being taught either in class and also via Zoom. Updates on future courses can be found by searching under my name here.

Examples of work in progress on courses here

More dates and venues to be added as booking links become available.

Student comments:

Each session is a challenge and an inspiration.  Your encouragement to each of us to look for our own direction with your support is more than I expected – you are indeed a very generous teacher. (Eileen)

Your approach to Zoom was not only highly professional but was delivered with respect, thoughtfulness and made us feel we were creating together. (Amanda)

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An important and valuable aspect of the course is your ability in ‘making connections’ with each student’s work to encourage a more in-depth process towards developing ideas and techniques.

(West Dean student)

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