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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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 Â '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.