Cas Holmes, textile artist, inspirational teacher and author often describes her art as ‘stitch sketching’. She is a scavenger, taking the debris of our daily lives: old clothes, fabrics, torn bits of notes, treasures from a long forgotten scrap box –even detritus left on the street - and together with her exquisite sketches of nature and the urban landscape, entwines all these elements into extraordinary works of art. Never without her sketchbook and sewing kit, Cas says she has no fixed idea of how a piece of work is going to pan out and yet all of them have a wonderful cohesion. There is a poignancy running through every piece and you can imagine her silent reflection as she brings all her gifts together, dyeing, painting and stitching to produce a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Here is a glimpse into her studio.