Explore Kantha- a beautiful stitch technique from the Indian subcontinent whose ethos are rooted in storytelling and upcycling.
One Day Embroidery Course – Kantha | Inspired by Tradition
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.
In this workshop 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 my creative process and will have illustrative samples from her personal collection of Kantha to refer to. By the end of the workshop you will have the skills and confidence to develop your Kantha project further.
What you need to bring
A selection of fabrics and embroidery threads will be provided. Use of , tools and equipment is included. You are welcome to bring preloved fabrics/ items from your wardrobe or home that you no longer wear to work on.
Where will the course take place
Kantha workshop will be held at Ekta’s Central London studio at Cockpit Arts, Holborn. Cockpit Arts is home to 70 of London’s finest makers and artists. At the studio you can enjoy an intimate behind the scenes look at Ekta’s works in progress, tools and equipments I use daily and browse through my collection of design and art books. Snacks, tea and coffee will be served throughout the day.
About your tutor Ekta Kaul
Ekta is a 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 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. She has received awards from the Crafts Council, the Arts Council and was the finalist in Jerwood Makers Open 2019.
Here’s what my happy students say
Course Venue Cockpit Arts Holborn, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
Date Saturday 25 July. 11am – 5 pm
"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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