Cloth, Creativity & Collaborating: Cas Holmes & Anne Kelly
We’re delighted to welcome back to the site Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly who are launching a new book on which they have collaborated; Connected Cloth. There’s an opportunity to win a copy at the end of this article! Here they tell us a bit about how their partnership came about, how they work together and the creation of the book. There is also a sneak-peak at some of the work that will be on show in the accompanying gallery tour.
Connecting through recycled, up cycled and found objects
We began our collaboration as ‘Resonant Textiles’ over six years ago, after seeing each other’s work at a postal exhibition at the County Gallery in Maidstone. Since then, we have exhibited jointly, producing site specific pieces for each venue. In both individual and joint works we use a range of recycled, up cycled and found materials and fabric. These are altered using a number of fine art techniques including drawing and painting, but their expression of line is clearly distinct.
‘Connected Cloth’ grew out of that collaboration and the resulting tour relates to work both featured in the book and as examples of collaborative pieces over the last few years.
You can find the book here.
Differences and similarities
Our first venue is at Cranbrook Library Gallery, a small but well lit and inviting wall space. We have included elements from our most recent collaborations ‘Norfolk Weeds’, ‘Domestic Mapping’, ‘Garden Paths’ and ‘Cuttings’. We have also displayed some small recent work to highlight the differences and similarities in our work which are discussed at length in the book.
‘Domestic Mapping’ came out of our interest in domestic spaces and the surrounding environment and was first exhibited at Maidstone Library Gallery. Cas’ focus for this piece was concentrated on crows, bees and butterflies which are more territorial or localised in any given garden or space. Anne’s work is based on travel, and the contrast between the small scale or local and the more international, represented by maps. It has been shown in a library, a shed, a hospital and a theatre gallery since then.
Finding a starting point
Starting points were taken from an agreed size and subject matter, and as always began with some common materials. We made reference to journals ‘Garden Sketchbooks’ which we used to inform the content of the pieces. We are constantly busy with other projects and continue with work in our own studios. When we met up to discuss how the project was progressing, we were surprised to discover that we were working on different size formats. In the end we felt that the piece benefited from this and reflects the irregularity of a garden path and our individual approach.
After a research visit to the Rochester/Strood for our exhibition at Strood Library we choose ‘Bridges’ as a theme. We were struck by how the bridge dominates the landscape and the ‘bridge’ of our joint work and friendship.
Finally, one of our first pieces, Seed Bird Map which reflects our joint interest in the environment, travel and the domestic. We have travelled a long way together.
‘Connected Cloth’ tours at the following venues,
(NB Please check with venues before travelling an distance for any changes in opening times)
Spring 2015: Prague Patchwork Meeting
10th February – March 3rd: Town and Country Gallery, Trinity Theatre, TN1 1Jp. Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.Open 10.00-6.00 Monday to Saturday and during evening performances.
21st May – 16th June: Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley, Bromley Arts Council, Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, BR1 2PX
Tel: 020 8464 5816
31st October -14 November: Crowborough Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough
10 Sept – 23 October: Cranbrook Library Exhibition Space, ‘Connected Cloth – Reflections’ Carriers Road, Cranbrook, TN17 3JT
Open Tuesday to Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm, Saturday 9.30-4.00pm, Closed Sunday and Monday
Tel: 08458 247200
8th October-18 November: Strood Library Gallery ‘Connected Cloth – Bridges’, Strood Library, 32 Bryant Road, Strood, Kent, ME2 3EP
Tel: 01634 335890
Resonant textile updates can be seen on our blog http://resonanttextile.blogspot.co.uk
Win Connected Cloth: Creating Collaborative Textile Projects
The publishers of Connected Cloth by Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly, Anova Books Group, have kindly given us a copy of the book to give away to one lucky TextileArtist.org reader. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is leave a message in the comments section below letting us know what your favourite book related to textile art is and why. The winner will be picked at random on October 31st and contacted about their prize. Good luck!
Read more articles on TextileArtist.org by Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly:
- Finding inspiration for textile art by Cas Holmes
- Hanging and displaying textile art by Anne Kelly
- Featured artist: Cas Holmes
- Small Worlds: recycled textile art by Anne Kelly
- Reflections on life, home and work by Cas Holmes
- Cas and Anne also contributed advice (along with 20 other top textile artists) in our article about finding an audience.
Don’t forget to leave a comment below for your chance to win Connected Cloth.