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
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
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.
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
“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
"If you want a day of pure escape, creativity and yummy food, make this the one! Ekta was so welcoming and I walked away feeling that I’d learned absolutely loads and loads! I love my map and can’t wait to have it framed."
"What a wonderful experience- to share stories of place and belonging while learning from Ekta. It was a fantastic day! Thank you for the delicious lunch. Your work is inspirational."
"I so enjoyed the course – it was really well structured and delivered in a way that was supportive, encouraged confidence and crucially – was hugely inspiring. I went home, my head buzzing with ideas and have already managed to carve out some time to do some hand stitching embellishment (place names) and dust off my sewing machine – just to be check that I could do free embroidery – ( I can)! You are a very talented artist and a great communicator. Thank you."
"What a lovely day spent in the beautiful studio of Ekta Kaul, learning to embroider maps under her encouraging guidance. Privileged to spend time under the tutelage of an experienced and passionate artist."
"I have wanted to learn more about free machine embroidery for a while. When I saw the workshop advertised on Ekta’s website I decided that I should have a go! Ekta’s work is very creative and of a very high standard (I bought one of her scarves last year!) I had seen some of her quilts at Art in Action and thought I could learn a lot from her. I wasn’t disappointed! Ekta is a very encouraging, enabling and skilful teacher. She is very patient and has a real sense of fun. I enjoyed the workshop tremendously, learnt lots of new skills and came away having started a piece of work that I now have the confidence and skills to complete!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course with Ekta, renewing my interest in sewing, yet doing something I had never done before ie machine embroidery. I decided to come to Ekta’s workshop because I so liked what she made for the Christmas Fair and I wanted to learn her techniques. I am close to retirement and am looking to spend time doing something creative, making items that are unique, attractive and useful and can be given as presents. I am so inspired I am now bidding on e-bay for a Bernina sewing machine!"
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