Cas Holmes is interested in the connections between land, place and environment. Trained in fine art, her works in mixed media and found materials are best described as 'cloth paintings with stitch'. This is reflected in her publications  'The Found Object in Textile Art' (2010), 'Stitch Stories' (2015) and co-written 'Connected Cloth.


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Urban Nature:The stories and imagery to be found in the everyday and commonplace are a constant source for inspiration for projects and collaborations: At first glance, the materials and techniques she uses give the impression of something we 'already know',  yet the artist is able to conjure up familiar images and associations and give them new meanings. Stitch, cloth and memory combine with paint, mark and image to create layered ephemeral pieces in which nothing is explicit; Influenced by the ideals of wabi-sabi, things often overlooked, details, worn surfaces and the beauty found in the transience of things imperfect, her work often contains snippets of text or discarded materials that have associations or conjure up memories. There is always a dialogue with the materials she uses. They bring their own history which is woven into the work. These collections of ephemera might seem meaningless but their apparent banality is open-ended. They are available to stimulate the imagination through the poetry of ordinariness. Everything has a connection and each viewer makes their own connections.

'Moira Vincentelli  Essay for the exhibition 'Reflections'  

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