Explore the art of Kantha- beautiful stitched textiles 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.
The Art of Kantha Virtual Masterclass
Date Fri 17 – Sat 18 Sept 2021
Timing 4-7 pm GMT or 8-11am PT or 11am-2pm ET. Check your local time here
Explore the art of Kantha- beautiful stitched textiles from the Indian subcontinent whose ethos are rooted in sustainability, storytelling and mindfulness. Discarded fabrics are layered, embroidered and repurposed into textiles for function or display using stitches.
Under Ekta’s gentle guidance you will learn a dictionary of 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 your own responses of 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 illustrative samples from her personal collection of Kantha, discuss the historical context of Kantha and share contemporary approaches by artists to inspire you.
A materials pack including fabric, needles and threads will be sent to you. You may also use your own preloved fabrics or garments.
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. 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, 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
“Thank you for a brilliant course on Kantha stitch. So pleased to have my hands working cloth again! And to revisit my archive of prints and conjure up a whole new world of ideas… My fave thing was the chats with the other women from all around the world and all the new artists you introduced us to.”
Prof Rebecca Earley, London UK
“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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