Using the Found: Text, Paper and Image: Cas Holmes

Using the Found: Text, Paper and Image: Cas Holmes



Artists always make reference to other images and narrative. The primary focus of this workshop is to explore text and image as a means of visual communication. Working with paper and fabric scraps this course looks use of found materials and the use of text/image/writing both as a design element and as a means for informing work and the development of new ideas. This exploratory approach to textiles using paper-based techniques is an introduction to the tutor’s own approaches to making surfaces as a base for stitch or other creative projects and can be adapted to your own visual arts practice.


Experimental pieces resulting from this creative exploration could be used as a starting point for textile based work and mixed media, collage and stitched works.


A combination of demonstrations and discussion in a workshop based course where students will be encouraged to work individually in applying techniques, and develop ideas in mixed media. Samples will be available to look at and the course ends with an open discussion of ideas and process in relation to the work produced.


Day 1:  Writing and creating mark making, on paper and cloth

Selecting text, cutting out sections for use, printing

Paper lamination. Layering of paper with found materials and cloth using techniques adapted from Japanese screen making and paper crafts. As you work you will look at the references to text and other images you have collected. And consider how you may want to place them together.

 Day 2: Looking at ways of working with the papers and cloth pieces produced to date focusing on use of the use of text/image.

Machining over printed text.

Ways of joining pieces together  building towards textured and layered surfaces

Bringing the work together practical look at how you could start developing ideas further showing examples of how I have applied techniques


As you work through the course we will make references to personal images together with ideas and other materials you have collected for inspiration. Bring images for inspiration and one or two images of previous work (so I can get some idea of you practice) Photocopy images and photocopies of text. Themes to look for:

Natural History : Images and text relating to plant, insects, birds. Think of how things may be recorded, presented in books of illustrations, science etc

Journeys. Records of travel, maps, tickets, brochures etc

Your own theme if you have a particular project you want to develop but select some text images as well that relate to you your narrative.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments and cake are provided all day.

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Please bring your own lunch.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.


Anita O'Neill at Eau Brink Studio
Eau Brink Cottage,
Pullover Road
Tilney All Saints, King's Lynn
PE34 4SG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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