Val Holmes –
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Exposition comme artiste invité au salon tricotage et broderie à Alexandra Palace à Londres 2012 et 2019. Exposition à Pour l’amour du Fil avril 2019.
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Val Holmes did her foundation course at Gloscat at the end of the 70’s, followed by a BA(hons) in Embroidery at Manchester School of Art (1979-1982) at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University. Followed on by a year in the fine art department of Coventry Polytechnic.
She then created a career as an artist with exhibitions in galleries and with various groups, as well as teaching part time in an Art School and in Embroiderer’s Guilds and private adult education events.
With more and more people asking for her courses in her owwn home, but without her own accommodation Val decided to move to France in 1991 to open a studio setup with accommodation on site. La Boulinerie was the first creation in 1991 in an old farmhouse and buildings in the Vendee; With a comfortable space, large studio and an easy going atmosphere so that students could really concentrate on their design and embroidery projects.
Val’s studies and continued enthusiasm to discover means that she has a lots of design skills and well as textile techniques to share with students. She is used to helping each student in just the right way to bring out the best in them, putting novices at their ease, and helping the more experienced to discover their own pathway.
In 2005 Val and Claude moved to Luçon, to la Villa des Roses. THus there are two studios, one for textiles and one for printing, and 8 ensuite bedrooms for students. Their work is on permanent display and can be viewed by rendezvous.
Val’s work continues to develop using a huge variety of techniques and points of view. Installations are sometimes created, but most work is wall based and framed or mounted on a canvas stretcher. She explains that there are two sides to her work suggesting that they are “carnets de voyages” one is “exterieur” what she see around her and her reaction to it. One is “interieur” , a more intimate work about “life the universe and everything” but most especially through the eyes of a woman. Most recently in the Legacy Impressions exhibition these two worlds have met. This exhibition was shown at Pour L’amour du fil in april 2019 and will be touring with the Knitting and Stitching show in Autumn 2019.
Val drawing at Les Sables d’Olonne