Explore Kantha- a beautiful stitch technique from the Indian subcontinent whose ethos are rooted in sustainability and mindfulness under Ekta’s gentle guidance. This live Masterclass will be spread over two afternoons (or mornings depending on where you are) and will be held virtually. A material pack with fabrics and threads will be sent to you.
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Kantha Embroidery Virtual Masterclass
Date Sat 5 and Sun 6 December 2020
Timing 4-7 pm GMT or 8-11am PT/PDT or 11 am-2 pm ET. Check your local time here.
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 Ekta’s guidance you will learn to use 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 to guide you. The emphasis will be on developing your personal ideas. She will share her creative process and will have illustrative samples from her personal collection of Kantha to share. By the end of the workshop you will have the skills and confidence to develop your Kantha project further.
A materials pack including fabric and threads will be sent to you. You may also use your own preloved fabrics or garments. If you are based outside the UK, there will be an additional change of £15 (EU), £20(USA) to cover shipping.
Where will the course take place
Kantha virtual masterclass will be held on Zoom. A link to the class will be sent to you. The number of participants is restricted to a small group to ensure all students have ample time to get individual feedback. You will need access to a laptop/tablet with a camera and microphone.
About your tutor Ekta Kaul
Ekta is an established textile artist and a highly 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 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, Conran Shop Tokyo among others. When she is not making new works, Ekta leads embroidery Masterclasses at museums including Victoria & Albert Museum, Kettles Yard, Leighton House Museum amongst others.
Here’s what happy students say
Silverlinging of lockdown- getting up at 4am to learn Kantha 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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