Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Unfolding Landscape, Reconnecting, Remapping and Refreshed

The temperature is a little cooler and I am reminded that Autumn is fast approaching. I preparing for my next courses in the UK  which include a two day and one day workshop with Diva Design Studio, Logie Steading near Inverness on the 23-25 September and  Shadowlands at High Wycombe with Anglia Leisure Learning on the 6-8 October.
I have lived in and out of a suitcase over the Summer and have just returned from two weeks of  workshops with the  Alpine Experience where we basked in summer sunshine and showered in the odd storm, and also at West Dean Summer School (I will be running courses with both venues over the next year). I am also preparing for my last overseas course with Crafty Retreats next month. (I am back with them next July).

I am scheduling my time two to three years ahead now which is scary and I am determined to slow down a bit if I can....we shall see. My father called me 'mile a minute' and my Romany blood keeps me moving. This is no good if I cannot sit and see the flowers grow and watch the wonderful landscape around me changing. Such as the rainbow and purple larkspur? over the mountains at Les Carroz

A student finding the time to sketch
and the amazing colours in Annecy not dimmed by the dismal weather.
Below are a few images of the work in progress (some by compliments of the Alpine Experience)

A quick turnaround found me at West Dean for the summer school which started alongside the Chilli Festival. I do not think I have ever seen the grand old building in this light before and the grounds were at their best for the Unfolding Landscapes course.

A full class explored, discovered and became alchemists with media and materials as we used the stunning backdrop of West Dean Gardens as our stimulus.
 Christine Lemon
Deborah Richards
 Jacquie Nunn
 Jane Adams
 Mary Klaber
 Philippa Clarke
 Sabine De Preese
We also took in two local exhibitions, The  Land at Candida Stevens Gallery in Chichester  which features the work West Dean tutor  Kate Boucher (who is also Artist in Residence)
and 'All That Remains', with works by artists responding to the Titanic  This is open by invitation only (further details on exhibitions link)
 Maureen Brigden

 All That Remains Cas Holmes
Kate Boucher
Hop-Kins Cas Holmes

I was delighted to support  Through Our Hands at the Festival of Quilts in the Portrait Shuffle. They raised over £2000 for Save The Children. I am looking forward to receiving my swap soon. Enjoy the rest of your summer...I have some book editing to do now.
For details of other workshops and exhibitions please see relevant sections on this blog.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Faust to Salvation..all in the nature of textiles

I have been on my travels again and it seems as if I have been moving between the Saints and the Devil.  I was back in Freiburg with Quiltstar where I am currently exhibiting in an exhibition 'Inspiration Natur' until 29 September with Monika Schiwy, Isabelle Wiessler, Sophie Maechler (of Quiltstar) sneak peak:
Isabelle, Monika, Cas
Daisy, Daisy and been transplanted to a new home.

A review in Textile Art Berlin Magazine here

Not that there is anything devilish about my time there except for the weather which was Faustian in both heat and the resulting thunderstorm. It is claimed that the castle overlooking Staufen (and the workspace) was destroyed has a result of Faust conducting alchemical experiments involving explosives? Faust (c1480 - 1539), an actual historical figures sparked legends in his own day, In Goethe's version one of the chief devils, Mephistopheles, whom Faust had called his brother-in-law, broke Faust's  neck and committed his soul to eternal damnation.
As always though, my German hosts and friends created a wonderful atmosphere and equally adventurous work.I was somewhat pleased to end my stay back with the Saints in St Ulrich and alongside my friend Monika added images to the marks on the wall in the messy studio 

I finished my time with a peaceful walk in the local allotments in Freiburg close to Hexental (the Valley of the Witches) and walking around the neighbourhood.

(In June, I was happy to back to he lovely little island of Jersey  under the invitation of the Harbour Gallery where I ran workshops in St Aubins to a two day workshop as part of Contextual Art studies timed exam in Hautlieu school The resulting work was simply stunning and hung at St Saviour's Church..(see more on this video link) Keep on eye out for some great tutors and projects coming up

On another note, I am pleased to have work in an exhibition 'All That Remains', artists reflecting themes in their work in relation to the Titanic story. The work is a a private house near Chichester until 5 November. For further details or to book an appointment to see the exhibition please email Dr Sharon-Michi Kusunoki.
All That Remains Cas Holmes

Finally, I was pleased to be a Finalist for the Kent Creative Awards this year and a series of interviews is scheduled for Kent Creative Show on Channel Radio  Mine comes up on Tuesday 1st August at 4.00pm

Thursday, 15 June 2017


The weather has been hotting up with some terrific thunderstorms. I have been out in the 'Wilds' of Wales and Devon since my last blog. Concealed with Art Textiles Made in Britain finished last week. This brief video introduces some of the work at the splendid Minerva Gallery.The last venue will be Maidstone Museum at the end of the year and will post an update nearer the timed. Just loved this bank of bluebells near Llanidloes where the gallery is situated.

I am delighted to be back with Quiltstar Gallery (and shop) in a group show 'Inspiration: Natur' with works also by Monica Schiwy, Isabelle Wiessler, Sophie Maechler  which opens event on 7th July 7.30pm. The exhibition continues until 29 September
Earlier in June I was in Honiton in Devon with Thimblestitch. I was able to visit the little lace museum. Loved the lace on Wallis Simpson's red dress.

A lacemaker charging £7 an hour would need to charge £16,000 for this veil. 
In a one day introduction to sketchbooks workshop we sat out in the wilds of an industrial estate to find things to draw and inspire the resulting work.
I have been working on new ideas for developing some 'Wild' work as well as finding time to watch the daisies grow. Enjoying looking at landscape themes as I work on my writing for the next book. I fear it is the calm before the storm. I am over to Jersey at the end of the month with the Harbour Gallery. The workshop filled quickly however you can check courses where I have an odd space free here.
Reclaimed Landscape studies above

Daisy, Daisy....Have a lovely summer