The Found Object in Textile Art

Explore the elements and popular practice of using found objects in mixed media and textile art to create stunning art pieces.

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Explore the elements and popular practice of using found objects in mixed-media and textile art with Cas Holmes. Cas, renowned for her use of "the found" and her many-layered, atmospheric pieces, presents a wealth of tips and ideas for this technique.

Inside you'll discover:

  • where to search for found objects and how to recycle previously used materials
  • techniques to conceive and build a piece around a found object
  • the range of found objects--from natural materials such as driftwood to manufactured pieces of machinery to even mundane objects like CD cases
  • how found objects can be used to create stunning pieces and lend deep meaning to a work
The Found Object in Textile Arts showcases how to combine mixed-media and fiber-arts techniques to create art with personal, narrative qualities.

About the Author
Cas Holmes is one of the United Kingdom'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. Cas lives in Maidstone, Kent.
“Cas Holmes is one of those artists who leaves you with a lot of questions.  I was fortunate to spend a few days with her a few years back in several workshops that changed the  way I look at textile art.  There is no confusion over deciphering if her work is an art quilt.  It isn’t.  It is textile art, stitched through layers of fabrics or paper, or cast off clothing or the discarded.  There is no worrying over the oft regulated stitched through three layers surrounded by a definitive binding.” - Stitchress Stumbles
“It is not exactly a how-to but a wonderful European way of describing the art of the lost—and found again.   For British artist Holmes, being green is a by-product of her textile (and paper) art; almost any object, found anywhere, is cause for celebration—and inspiration.  This very contemporary re-use of materials takes a little getting used to.  Plus, the author, determined to persuade novices to do it themselves, includes very few detailed instructions; rather, she simply lists combinations of surfaces and the use of different tools and methods without specific suggestions.  The section on joining layers, for instance, features commercial wallpaper paste as well as later references to hand and machine stitching.  To a crafter’s delight, new terms and techniques are explored in some depth; momigami, the Japanese form of kneaded paper, contains streamlined instructions, as do sun printing, low-tech image transfer, and decoupage.  Each page is colored with inspiring images, such as “Candy Colours” or plastic sherbet straws, just enough to whet any would-be artist’s appetite.  Charmingly idiosyncratic.” - Barbara Jacobs Booklist

SKU: 10FA03

Author/Speaker/Editor: Cas Holmes

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596683327

Number Of Pages: 128

Customer Reviews

A beautiful guide and source of inspiration for the Mixed Media Artist Review by Susan Bleiweiss

In her introduction the artist writes

(Posted on 8/13/10)