Thursday, 18 December 2014

Lace Lines

I have had a busy Autumn as we head into winter and as the days grow colder we see the lacy lines of trees and plants more clearly 'etched against the skies' and shadows of trees strongly cast  against the sides of buildings.

I was delighted to exhibit in Memory Cloth at the Museum of Kantfabriek in the Netherlands. This exhibition included installations along a collective theme of lace and textiles with the artists Glenys Mann (who originally devised the exhibition), Els Van Baarle, Cherilyn Martin and myself  creating their own pieces in relation to the theme and to the space.(exhibition ends 4 January)
Cas Holmes
Els Van Baarle
Glenys Mann
Cherilyn Martin
General view of space
Images of lace making machinery and lace in the space and even on the roundabout near the museum.
And a video of lace being made

I was fortunate enough to be invited to run a workshop in their wonderful studio space and we looked at ideas relating to lace, lines and layers. A few details of work in progress below by kind permission of the students, including making rubbings in the factory and cutting up lace scraps.This workshop was full. I am returning to the Netherlands with Zijdelings in Tilburg in mid March with  full details on my blog
Thinking of the lace and the way it reels its way out of the machines I created some new pieces: Lace Flowers unfolding forms combining an old book on lace making with Kantfabriek lace and lace floral curtains. (These are new pieces and are not on exhibition.)

Over the weekend we visited another town and a wonderful Christmas house as part of the annual De Roze Engel flower shop display.

Seasons Greetings and here's to a peaceful 2015 for everyone


  1. What a wonderful exhibition and blog page

  2. Your new work,Lace Flowers, the unfolding forms looks just stunning Cas, and I really hope that you will be exhibiting them in the future, I would so love to see them! The combinations you have used for them work so well together, very exciting stuff.

  3. Wonderful work! Thank you for sharing.....

  4. Love the your new work and how you have combined the lace with it. Beautiful!

  5. Fabulous work, what a great combination of people exhibiting together. The work in the town is great too. Love your new lace flowers. Have a wonderful holiday & 2015

    1. thankyou Emma..all best to you for 2015 tooxx

  6. Divine work - wishing you a creative and joyful :-)

  7. Love this post!! Found this via Pinterest. Your work is fresh and inspired.

  8. Love this post!! Found this via Pinterest. Your work is fresh and inspired.