His stories made the feel of the busy landscape familiar. I made some small pieces whilst travelling such as the Tin Hau Bowl, as little sketches of the places where I stopped to eat, draw and just absorb the colour and life around me. Working alongside other artists can open up new approaches to your own work. Glenys has the ability and reputation to get internationally renowned artists to teach for her. The mixed media sculptural works are painstakingly created combining casting of found objects in metal with complex machine stitch which defy translation and are beautiful in detail and content.
In a review of the work Judith McGrath says:. Most homes are full of simple treasures, happy memories, comfort and love.
Best of all, her charming sculptures invite us into her world of whimsy, warmth and wonder. As much as I am inspired by where my feet take me others are equally inspired by different cultural interests. Ro Bruhn, keeps a regular sketchbook and this piece is inspired by Eastern style turrets and links directly to her drawing. Creating a narrative can be a combined project. Whilst in Australia, I continued to seek contributions to Tea-Flora-Tales , ongoing sketches by individuals composed of small pages from old books and manuscripts.
Individuals attending workshops added their own flora images and stitched stories with an Australian theme. I continue to keep the chain going to create an installation of the piece as the work moves to new venues during Tea-Flora-Tales contributions by Ballarat students. Tea-Flora-Tales contributions by Opendrawer students. I spent some time with my friend boiling up the leaves of the Lilly Pilly tree to dye waste fabrics collected on my travels.
I am unsure what I will do with the stash.. Developing your artistic narrative is an individual journey. There is no short cut or easy way. I spend considerable time thinking through ideas and developing the processes behind them, both as an artist and a teacher. Why do I consider the act of drawings and keeping a record is important? Make notes as you go either directly on the material or page. Work without fear, it will take time but constantly referencing what is around you, combined with practice, helps to inform your work, develops your subject and leads to the development of your ideas.
Joseph Pitcher is the son of textile artist Sue Stone. Find Joe on Google. Great article about your amazing work Cas, I love how all your pieces tell a story. Thanks so much for including mine. Her work is beautiful and she talks about her process with such clarity and passion. Thank you for an excellent interview with thought provoking responses. Thankyou for feeding back on this article over the last year.
Some of the artwork and discussion initiated in this article sowed the seeds for further debate in Stitch Stories, my next book to be published in August I met Cas at Farnham Pottery before her trip…the day was a changing point for me…I am still working on the piece I started there and I am SO pleased with it.
I am further inspired to see how her themes have developed during her travels. Thank you Cas.
Wonderful article, thank you. Cas is so inspiring. I was lucky enough to study with her at Open Drawer in Melbourne Australia. I even spotted my contribution to tea flora tales…the bottom left piece featuring a blue feather. Thanks so much for this great post. Inspiration is the most important part of the design. Or any personal experience. I will be more than happy to hear it and if you let me share your idea on my blog.
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Hi Jade. I have only just seen this so apologies for late feedback. My publications often refer to cultural influences as do some of the articles on my blog. Your email address will not be published. Get updates from TextileArtist. Finding inspiration for textile art by Cas Holmes. View all articles by Joe.
Cas Holmes — Washing line sketch. Cas Holmes — Sketch of skull.
Photo of a Wattle bird. Cas Holmes — Wattle bird sketch. Hong Kong Tin Hau Temple.
Cas Holmes — Tin Hau bowl. Cas Holmes — Tin Hau sketches. Chris Atkins — Work in progress. Ro Bruhn — Eastern turrets.
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