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The Found Object in Textile Art [Hardcover]

Cas Holmes
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20 Sep 2010
Textile artists have always used found objects, both for decoration and to imbue their work with meaning, and recently the practice has become even more popular. Cas Holmes is renowned for her use of 'the found', and her many-layered, atmospheric pieces have been shown around the world. The practice differs from recycling in that the objects often remain 'themselves' when they are incorporated into the work, rather than being transformed into something else and their original appearance being obliterated. The work is often conceived and built around the found object. The definition 'found object' can include a wide range of objects, from natural materials such as driftwood and leaves to old bits of machinery and vintage fabrics. Mundane objects such as CD cases can be used to create stunning pieces of art, or more sentimental items such as old jewellery can lend deep meaning to a work. The book covers: * How to find objects: for example in the home, walking the streets, travel souvenirs * Types of found object: including natural objects, man-made items, printed ephemera * Using found objects: using little jewels to decorate work, making unusual frames, creating work within boxes * Creating surfaces with found objects: printing, layering, fusing, cutting and stitch This book contains a wealth of techniques and inspiration for incorporating found objects into your textile work.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (20 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906388466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906388461
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 22.8 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cas Holmes was born in Norwich in 1960 and graduated from University College of Creative Arts in the mid eighties. For thirty years she has travelled, taught and exhibited and is renowned for her use of 'the found'. Her many-layered, atmospheric pieces have been shown and collected around the world. She received a Winston Churchill Memorial Award and Japan Foundation Award for research into papermaking and textiles in Japan.

'Connected Cloth' is a second co written publication following the very successful  'The Found Object in Textile Art' her first publication for Batsford which was reprinted in the first year

Since 2005 she has run courses for the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College as well as continued workshops in the UK and overseas. She works to commission and has pieces in the collection of the Museum of Art and Design New York, Embroiderer's Guild UK for a one person touring show Urban Nature first shown as guest artist at the Knitting and Stitching Show and Arts Council England.

She has received a Pride of Britain Award by the NRI Institute (India/UK) for excellence in her field and her art projects in India.


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About the Author

Cas Holmes is one of UK's most renowned textile artists. She exhibits widely and runs courses at West Dean College. She has written for magazines including The Quilter, and has contributed to Workshop on the Web. She lives in Maidstone, Kent.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars looking anew 27 Oct 2010
I think the beauty of this book lies in the fact that you don't look at the objects and think - that's recycled, they look new as if made from expensive materials. As with all Batsford craft books, what you get is an awful lot of useful content, beautifully presented and photographed. Cas describes herself as a magpie, but instead of collecting expensive materials to create her textile art, she uses what is at hand and found objects. For printing, she might use a rubber handle or plastic doily. Found objects are the main criteria of her work. This book has an excellent section on dyeing and printing. Discover momigami amongst other things. Find out how to embellish your work with stitch. Includes useful tips on found objects including how to alter and transform them. I love the simple paper journals, how to keep a sketchbook and develop your drawing. This is a superb reference for any textile artist. It has so much to give, so many professional tips and techniques. Cas' work is superb and is handsomely illustrated throughout the book. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Found Object in Textile Art 6 Sep 2011
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Overall a good book, I have no regrets buying it. However this book only covers the work made by the author (with a few other examples) but there is definitely a 'house style' about it and lacks creative diversity that similar books offer. The artwork itself is interesting, (a bit twee). Although I would add that this book is great if you teach and need ideas with clear instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 19 Nov 2010
I've seen Cas Holmes' work before but not a book by her. This is a must! I found it so inspiring it has lived beside me for the past week and I have dipped in and out of it. She has really helped me get started with textiles again. Thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars useful 28 Aug 2011
By Mary
Clear language and well written book with useful techniques if you are interested in a range of methods for dyeing fabric, printing, textile work etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Found Object - never to be lost! 3 Dec 2010
It's great, at long last, to See Cas's name, her fabulous work, and all of her tips and inspiration in print, and in one place. I have long recommended her to my many students over the years - this book should be a MUST for all art and textile libraries! The book is wonderfully presented, and detailed and exciting. The found object can be used in so many ways, and can be so many things itself, as the book explains. The book is packed with stimulating ideas and descriptions of creative processes that will definitely inform and inspire your work. Buy it now!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
As an artist and creative textile designer who loves to collage and finds inspiration in fruit, vegetables etc I was drawn to this book because of it's cover.
I have not been dissapointed at all, it's a fab book with loads of great ideas.
With the financial climate the way it is at the minute I think this book is a great way for artists to recycle and work with found objects around the house etc.
It is all about working with things around you to craete something new and beautiful, from sweet wrappers, to the skins from garlic.
The book is packed full of ideas for you to try, images that are really inspirational and it has clear instructions.

You do need to have an imagination though, this is a starter I would say to get you going and then take on board what you have learnt to produce other textile art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A worthwhile addition to my library, especially having been on one of Cas's courses. It is at once a useful reminder of some techniques, an introduction to others, and a great collection of images of Cas's work
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and a great study aid too 18 Feb 2011
I bought this book as a study aid for my textiles degree. I cannot put it down!! I am not usually moved to review books but this one is special. The pictures are very clear and inspirational and there are lots of fabulous technical instructions too. I can see I will be using this book for many years to come. I wish it was paperback as I would take it everywhere!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ECO-FRIENDLY ART
Great for help to make use of so many things around us.
Stimulating ideas and practical help on methods. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jean S
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Love this book...very inspirational. I'm trying out the exercises which are really well explained and thoroughly enjoying myself. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A M Rennie
4.0 out of 5 stars The found object in textile art.
Useful book for helping others appreciate what is possible. Ideas cross a variety of different media allowing 'visual 'food for thought'.
Published 8 months ago by syrona
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated and helpful
I like this book because of the combination of practices described - it is so full of creative ideas - can't wait to try them out!
Published 13 months ago by Wennie
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it
Very inspiring, I liked the mix of inspiration and 'how to' in this book. I really like Cas Holme's aesthetic, and it is also a very useful teaching book.
Published 15 months ago by Flurominx
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This is the 2nd copy I have bought, this one for my friend. She is, as I am, really inspired by all the amazing ideas and projects described in this book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J F Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Most inspiring book
Cas Holmes makes us realize that you do not need to lash out on expensive fabrics and art media to create beautiful, individual works of textile art.
Published 19 months ago by Flora
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiration
really loved the book amazing imagery, found it inspiring for my own practice.service and delivery good and quick from buyer as well
Published on 30 Jan 2011 by earthfairy
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