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SOLD OUT | Spirit of Place – The Art of Zen Ga | 20 & 27 March 2022

£170.00

Learn to develop stitched ideas and create meditative art that evokes the spirit of a place – Zen gardens. The Japanese Zen Gardens symbolise a reverence for nature, harmony and offer a contemplative space. The carefully composed arrangements of rocks, moss, pruned trees and raked sand that characterise Zen Gardens will be examined to inspire compositions. You will learn to deconstruct elements that form the essence of a place and distill these to inform your ideas. Ekta will show you how she develops compositions and stitch ideas in her own work inspired by place. This live Masterclass will be spread over two afternoons (or mornings depending on where you are) and will be held virtually. A carefully curated material pack with fabrics, threads and fragrances will be sent to you.

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Spirit of Place – The Art of Zen Gardens

Venue Zoom

Date Sunday 20 March and Sunday 27 March, 2022

Timing  On 20 March | 4-7 pm London (GMT)  / 8-11am PT/ 11am-2pm ET.

On 27 March | 4-7pm London (BST)  Clocks go forward! Check your local time here 

Course Outline

Learn to develop stitched ideas and create meditative art that evokes the spirit of a place. The Japanese Zen Gardens symbolise a reverence for nature, harmony and offer a contemplative space. The carefully composed arrangements of rocks, moss, pruned trees and raked sand that characterise Zen Gardens will be examined to inspire compositions. You will learn to deconstruct elements that form the essence of a place and distill these to inform your ideas. Ekta will show you how she develops compositions and stitch ideas in her own work inspired by place.

Under Ekta’s gentle guidance you will learn hand stitch and applique techniques that lend themselves to textures and patterns that enhance a feeling of tranquility and equanimity. The outcome would be a wall hanging or a small quilt top. Suitable for beginners and those with experience.

Materials

A carefully curated meditative materials pack will be sent to you. This will include threads, fabrics, evocative fragrances and tea.

Where will the course take place

This virtual masterclass will be held on Zoom. A link to the class will be sent to you a week before the course. The number of participants is restricted to an intimate group so as to foster a deeper exchange of ideas, time of exploring and responding. You will need access to a laptop/tablet with a camera and microphone.

About your tutor Ekta Kaul 

Ekta is an award winning British-Indian textile artist and a highly experienced educator. She creates ‘StoryMaps’ – narrative embroidered maps that explore place, history and belonging through stitch.  Ekta’s work is held in several public and private collections including the Crafts Council’s , Liberty London’s and Gunnersbury Museum’s permanent collections.  You can see her work at a select group of galleries in the UK and internationally including The New Craftsmen, Contemporary Applied Arts, Museum of Art and Design NYC, The Conran Shop Tokyo among others. Ekta loves to share her skills and 20 year’s worth of experience at embroidery Masterclasses at museums including Victoria & Albert Museum, Kettles Yard, Leighton House Museum amongst others.

Kind words from happy students 

“The focus on creating for the joy of it and embracing imperfection. Ekta is a wonderful inspiring artist and teacher.”

Monique Tricot, Devon, UK

“Silverlinging of lockdown- getting up at 4am to learn Embroidery from Ekta and joining women spread across 3 continents. Thank you for a great class.”

Nathalie Smith, Colorado, USA

 

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