Join Ekta Kaul for an uplifting weekend of creative play, art, stitch and wholesome food. Included is a private visit to acclaimed artist Anita Klein’s studio (19 Sep 2020, afternoon), a full day embroidery masterclass with Ekta at her central London studio and a nourishing home cooked lunch (20 Sept 2020, 11am-5pm).
Join Ekta Kaul for an uplifting and creative weekend of art, stitch and wholesome food.
Day 1 ) Saturday 19 Sep, 3 – 4.30 pm BST | Anita Klein Private Studio Visit & Talk
An inspiring afternoon spent in the company of renowned painter and printmaker Anita Klein at her beautiful studio in Bermondsey. Anita will show us her paintings and share her inspirations, process and creative journey. We are in for a treat!
Day 2) Sunday 20 Sept, 11 am – 5 pm BST | A full day Stitch masterclass at Cockpit Arts & Lunch
Taking inspiration from Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures we will continue the conversations and celebrations with a full day embroidery workshop making meaningful art at my London Studio which is based at Cockpit Arts, Holborn. Of course, every celebration needs food and ours will be a home made Indian lunch.
Details of Stitch Masterclass | Sunday 20 Sept 2020
The workshop is an opportunity to slow down, make a meaningful stitched piece, enjoy exchanging stories with like minded people and savour wholesome food.
Barbara Hepworth was an internationally acclaimed a British sculptor. Though concerned with form and abstraction, Hepworth’s art was primarily about relationships. She kept returning to the motif of Mother & Child in her work, especially in 1920s-30s. (Text courtesy Tate.org.uk). Her work and life are a huge inspiration to Ekta.
Taking inspiration from Hepworth’s sculptures, you will learn to embroider your own interpretation. You will learn a variety of hand embroidery stitches including Running Stitch, French Knots, Seeding, Stem Stitch, Whipped Running Stitch and Appliqué.
All materials including fabric, threads, hoop needles will be provided. The workshop is suitable for absolute beginners as well as improvers.
Please note travel to venues and accommodation is not included.
About your tutor Ekta Kaul
Ekta is an award winning textile artist and an experienced educator. 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. Ekta’s work is held in several public and private collections including bespoke StoryMaps for Liberty’s London 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, 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. Ekta works from her studio at Cockpit Arts, in Bloomsbury Holborn.
Images of paintings, prints courtesy Anita Klein.
Image of Barbara Hepworth Three Forms courtesy Artsy
"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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