Stitched Narrative Memory Maps with Ekta Kaul
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.
Since antiquity, maps have been visual devices through which humans have explored, expanded and expressed their idea. Whether geographical or allegorical, maps are a portal to our world-views, thoughts and memories.
Over three days, you will learn to make custom maps that commemorate personally significant places and memories related to it. Under Ekta’s gentle guidance, students will learn a variety of stitches and mark making methods to develop a tactile and visual repertoire for their bespoke maps. Students will progress to creating visual compositions and then translate them into stitched patterns and textures evoking memories of land,location and life events. Ekta suggests bringing prompts such as personal photographs, maps, found objects or souvenirs of place for inspiration.
She will share details of process and techniques she uses within her own practice. The emphasis of will be on developing personal creativity, through individual feedback
£285 3 day workshop 10-4.30 inc Most Materials, 2 course lunch and refreshments throughout the day
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