Kantha - Exploring mindful stitch & sustainable making
About Ekta Kaul
Ekta Kaul is an award winning London based artist and experienced educator. Her artistic practice is focused on creating narrative maps that explore places, history and belonging through stitch. A pared back aesthetic coupled with a highly considered use of graphic marks and lines form the core elements of her work. These are underpinned by a thoughtful approach to making with meaning, a deep interest in heritage and a firm commitment to sustainability. “I am drawn to maps not only because they are they beautiful objects in their own right but also because they are repositories for meaning. A map can reveal so many stories and can become a portal to places that are significant in personal narratives.”, says Ekta.
Ekta works on public and private commissions taking inspiration from the history, architecture and personal narratives of place. Her work is held in several collections including Liberty’s of London, the Gunnersbury Museum and Chiswick Library. Her recent projects include an artist residency at Chinatown London exploring its hidden stories and an interactive public art commission from Waterman’s London. Ekta exhibits her work at a select group of galleries in the UK and internationally including The New Craftsmen, Contemporary Applied Arts, Ruthin Craft Centre, Museum of Art and Design NYC, Conran Shop Tokyo among others. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and the Arts Council, England & was the finalist in Jerwood Makers Open 2019. Ekta teaches Masterclasses at institutions internationally including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. She works from her studio at Cockpit Arts, Bloomsbury London.
Kantha refers to stitched and quilted textiles from India that are made using cast-off cloth., Kantha textiles have been the canvas of personal expression for centuries as well as a way of imbuing new life into discarded cloth. Objects of great beauty and function were traditionally created by using a combination of Kantha stitches with motifs drawn from everyday life, folk tales, flora and fauna. In this course, Ekta will introduce a dictionary of traditional Kantha stitches and contemporary approaches to interpret this beautiful textile tradition. Under Ekta’s gentle guidance, students will learn to make Kantha textiles that express and explore personal narrative.
£285 3 day workshop 10-4.30, inc most materials, 2 course lunch & refreshments throughout the workshop
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