This course is aimed at those with an interest in sustainability and well being through craft. We will learn eco printing and explore slow stitching as a way of enhancing well being
Eco Printing and Stitch | Sustainable Print and Mindful Embroidery Autumn Weekend Course
Cockpit Arts Holborn, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
Dates Saturday 19-20 October 2019 11am – 5 pm
Course Fee £250
Places 6 students
What will we do
This course is aimed at those with an interest in sustainability and well being through craft. We will learn eco printing and explore slow stitching as a way of enhancing well being. By using locally foraged Autumn botanicals, the course also seeks to encourage us to be more in tune with nature.
Over the two days, you will learn how to prepare fabrics for eco-printing through the use of mordant, how to use natural dye extracts to colour your fabric and learn how to eco-print fabrics using Autumn flowers and leaves. This will be followed by embroidering your printed fabrics to gain the benefits of this calming craft. All the whilst enjoying conversations with like-minded people.
What you need to bring
All materials, use of tools and equipment will be provided. You are welcome to bring your favourite plants/flowers, special threads and/or fabrics that have a special meaning to you.
About your tutor
Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and an experienced educator. She set up her studio practice after winning the Craft Council’s prestigious business set up award Next Move. Her work is held in several private collections and is stocked at select galleries and stores the UK, the US and Japan. Ekta regularly exhibits at national and international events and works from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury, Central London.
Here’s what Ekta’s happy students say
"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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