Cas collects found materials, marks are then created, which combine cloth, paint and stitch with a disregard of the divisions of medium usage and application that often define the world of painting and textiles.
Drawing inspiration from the world in front of her, Cas thrives on the challenges of the unforeseen and unexpected. She is equally guided by the materials she works with as to her ideas connected to the landscape and nature. She is fascinated by objects with a story to tell, cast-off sheets and clothing, handwritten papers, and the history of what we do with them and the familiarity they have in our own life.
Cas Holmes is an artist, teacher and author living in the U.K. Her work processes are reflected in her books. The most recent are Embroidering the Everyday and 'Textiles Landscape'. Found materials are torn, cut and layered, connecting drawing, paint and image. Her interest is in the 'hidden' or often overlooked parts of nature, landscape and towns. Working with 'stitch sketching', she seeks to capture a moment or thing before it is gone.