Module 4 – Chapter 12

Study of three artists

Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes spent four years at art college training in painting and drawing before becoming involved in stitch.  This background combines beautifully in her work which has been described as ‘painting with cloth’.  Cas collects overlooked ‘ things’ left behind by others on streets and hedgerows and uses them in collages to create meaningful artworks.

Relevance to this module:

  • using scrap paper to create artworks.  Whilst I used scrap paper to make paper pulp, Cas often uses it as part of a collage
  • creating interesting book forms – Cas combines fabric, stitch, paper and print to create fascinating ‘books’.  I created several experimental book forms before settling on a design for my final assessed piece.
  • text in art – many of Cas’s artworks feature a word or phrase either printed or stitched in to the piece to help tell a story.  The base fabric of my assessed piece was designed by overlapping several layers of text as a rubbing, print and stitched form.
  • stitching into paper and fabric – having created a mixed media background, Cas stitches on top.  I experimented with ways of stitching into handmade paper on a fabric grid and used this technique for the sails on my assessed piece.

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Images 12.1 and 12.2 Stitched books combining papers and fabric

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Image 12.3  Using text in artworks

Lois Walpole

Lois Walpole graduated from Saint Martins School of Art, London with a B.A.(Hons.) in Sculpture in 1975 and obtained City and Guilds qualifications in Basket Making from the London College of Furniture in 1982.   Since then she has worked full time as an artist/ basket maker .

The materials used are often recycled materials…“These artefacts combine the techniques and often the forms of basketry with the detritus of consumerism and the natural materials of my immediate environment” Lois Walpole.

Relevance to this module:

Using recycled materials – in this module I used waste paper such as old dress-making patterns to create pages for some of my experimental books, as well as the basis for paper pulp, and old vegetable nets for paper-making grids.

image Image 12.4 – Basket made of recycled paper

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Image 12.5 – basket made from drinks cans

Ineke Berlyn

I bought three of Ineke’s books last year and was very sad to hear of her death earlier this year.  She was an international prize winning textile artist, who combined her love for colour, fabric and travelling to create a collection of work and sketchbooks. 

My reason for selecting her for this chapter is because of her frequent use of text in her stitched works.  Sometimes these were used as ways of turning sketchbook pages into quilts (image 12.6 below) and sometimes as a way of creating pattern (image 12.7 below)

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Image 12.6 – Obama’s inauguration quilt

image Image 12.7 – Indigo words

Relevance to this module:

Ineke  used text as a way of both creating narrative in her artworks as well as layering the text to create pattern.  This was a technique that I used in my assessed piece in which I used the words ‘Jolie Brise’ and the degrees of latitude e.g. 42°N, to tell the story of my travels, as well as layering the text in several ways to create pattern.

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