The Bare Truth

Julia Armstrong, Andy White

Religion & Spirituality, Spirituality

Each week, Julia interviews someone from a different area of interest who expresses themselves from the core of their being in a unique and authentic way. Julia is a leading practitioner of core therapy, working to help others look at the stories and beliefs that have been created by them and around them, and to shift those that act to hinder true expression and block the natural pathway our heart yearns for us to tread.


Bare Truth 80: Cas Holmes - Textile and Mixed Media Artist

March 27th, 2012

Episode 116 of 135 episodes

It was a joy to talk with Cas. We had never met, but she had heard the podcast we recorded with Jane and got in touch. Something that struck me about Cas, apart from her wonderful art made from things that she has found, was her peaceful energy and how very present she was in the dialogue, every bit of her connected. She doesn't own a car and so walking and noticing is part of who she is and has always been. Her love of people shines through and her desire to help others access their own creativity whatever that may be. In her own words: I am a mixed media artist who works with textiles, paper and found materials. My particular interest is the link between the built and natural environment (Urban/Nature) and issues relating to sustainable practice. I create [works to commission for public and private settings](http://www.casholmes.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/7.html) and have pieces in collections around the world, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Arts Council England and the Sir Leonard Cheshire Foundation. The often overlooked things of daily life and observations of the land inform my work. Connecting paint, mark and image I reflect the 'hidden edges' of our landscape, verges, field edges and wild spaces, 'stitch sketching' to capture a moment before it is gone. I exhibit in the U.K and abroad and enjoy working on collaborations and installations with other artists. This includes a recent installation, Curiouser and Curiouser at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery and workshops in Europe and Australia. My book [The Found Object in Textile Art](http://www.casholmes.textilearts.net/page158.html), (published by Batsford 2010), looks at some of the processes I use. I will be a guest artist at the Knitting and Stitching Show 2012. For [details of my exhibitions](http://www.casholmes.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/9.html), purchase or commission a piece of work, or look at my collaborations and teaching please browse through my on-line presence or contact me direct via email.

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