27 June 2020, Kantha Stitching with Ekta Kaul
Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and an experienced educator based in London. Ekta’s creative voice is rooted in the plural - a unique assimilation of her Indian heritage and British training. She creates ‘StoryMaps’ - narrative embroidered maps that explore place, history and belonging through stitch. Her textiles are imbued with character, they speak of exquisite craftsmanship, careful attention to detail and a sensitive use of colour and materials. Her recent projects include commissions from Gunnersbury Park Museum, Watermans Art Centre and a bespoke StoryMap for Liberty’s permanent collection. Ekta’s work can be seen 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, the Arts Council and was the finalist in Jerwood Makers Open 2019. She works from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury, London.
Outline of the workshop
Kantha is a beautiful stitch technique from the Indian subcontinent with a rich heritage rooted in storytelling and upcycling. Used fabrics are layered, embroidered and repurposed into textiles for function or display.
Under the guidance of textile artist Ekta Kaul, you will learn to embroider a variety of Kantha stitches to create pattern and texture. Taking inspiration from the rich tradition of Kantha textiles, you will explore how to extend this vocabulary into contemporary expressions of stitch. The outcome may be a wall piece or a panel that can be used in other projects.
Ekta will offer individual help and feedback. The emphasis will be on developing your personal ideas. Ekta will share her creative process and bring illustrative samples from her personal collection of vintage Kantha to refer to. By the end of the workshop you will have the skills and confidence to develop your Kantha project further.
What you need to bring
Please bring selection of fabrics including preloved fabrics/ items from your wardrobe that you no longer use. A medium weight cream cotton, wadding and embroidery threads, tools and equipment will be provided.
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