Cas Holmes – Layers, Lines and Image

Duration of Class: Three Days (18 Hours) // Medium: Textile Collage Mixed Media // Skill Level: All

Cost: $500-$690


Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes we reference book pages, maps, cloth and other found materials as a starting point to inform our process from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, paint and mark. During this workshop you will make small personal works with narrative and meaning (and humor). Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We’ll make a book form, but this is not a book-binding course.

On the first day, we will look at rubbing, staining, and mark making on paper and cloth using drawing/painting media and stitch. Reference will be made to paper lamination, layering of paper with found materials, and fabric using techniques adapted from Japanese screen making and paper crafts. As you work you will look at the references to text and other images you have collected and consider how you may want to place them together.

On the second and third days, we’ll look at ways of working with the cloth, paper, and samples we have produced, focusing on use of the stitch/mark. Ways of joining pieces together; patchwork, seams, gathers, tearing, building towards textured and sculptural surfaces.

The focus will be on found materials. Cas is happy to also provide a small pack of specialist conservation papers, low-tack tape, and paste for student use. This workshop is suitable for artists who enjoy taking time for experimental discovery. Cas enjoys introducing the serendipity of found materials into the art-making process, helping each student have a unique experience and create unique art.


Application of paste for low tack adhesion
Exploration of paint and mark-making media
Preparing the cloth and paper base/substrate
Introduction to free motion and /or hand stitching
Experimental attaching and joining techniques
Guidance on design and mixed media techniques


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Day 1 - 3 (9/20/19 - 9/22/19)

Class Size

Min # of students: 8
Max # of students: 15

Supply List

  • An old book (or photocopies of some of selected pages), map, manuscript you are happy to cut and tear into.
  • Piece of calico, old sheeting, watercolour paper, or similar if you want to strengthen pages or add to a fabric or paper base
  • Ruler
  • Small sponge
  • Glue stick or pva glue
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife with new blade
  • Cutting pad
  • Metal edge ruler
  • Acrylic medium (matte or gloss, but not gel)
  • Paintbrushes – ½” and 1” flats – just for gluing
  • Plastic tubs for mediums and for water
  • Basic stitch kit (containing a small selection of machine/hand stitch threads)
  • Sewing machine with free motion capability (optional) if you have one
  • At least one waterproof soft-tipped pen and 2–3 items of additional mark-making media and other colours of your choice.
    Other Colours We will work with the colour found in your materials but you are welcome to bring a small palette of colour if you want to use it (such as koh-i noor watercolours, paints, crayons, pencils, pens, inks, or whatever you have plus appropriate brushes)
    Other Found Materials
  • Small collection of found materials (no more than a carrier bag full)!!
  • Bring images for inspiration and one or two images of previous work (so I can get some idea of your practice) photocopy images and photocopies of text.
  • Themes to look for:
  • Natural History - images and text relating to plant, insects, birds. Think of how things may be recorded, presented in books of illustrations, science etc.
  • Walk-Look-Record: Take inspiration from the recording of a simple walk, places you regularly visit or a holiday camera and notebook/sketchbook for recording progress.
  • Your own theme if you have a particular project you want to develop as well that relates to your narrative.
    PLUS KIT FEE: $10 per student (payable to instructor at class time for some specialist papers)
    Provided by the Instructor:
  • Conservation and tea bag paper
  • Cellulose paste/tape
  • Low tack tape
  • Plastic sheeting

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