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
Course Venue Cockpit Arts Holborn, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
Date Sunday 8 December 2019 11am – 5 pm
Course Fee £150
Places 5 students
What will we do
Kantha is a traditional Indian embroidery technique that upcycles old fabrics and brings them to new life by layering them with beautiful stitched motifs. Taking inspiration from the rich tradition of Kantha textiles, you will learn to embroider preloved fabrics into something new- a wall piece or a panel that can be used to make accessories or an item of clothing. All whilst enjoying creative conversations with like minded people.
We will begin the day with a demonstration of embroidery stitches and learning about my creative process. You will learn how to use a variety of Kantha embroidery stitches, gaining inspiration from my personal collection of Kantha textiles. There will also be contemporary examples of Kantha to refer to.
The small group size means that there will be lots of opportunities for one-on-one feedback.
What you need to bring
There will also be a selection of fabrics provided that can be used to embellish your pieces. Use of embroidery threads, tools and equipment is included in the fee. You are welcome to bring preloved fabrics/ items from your wardrobe that you no longer wear but can’t bear to put out.
Where will the course take place
Right here at my studio in Bloomsbury, Central London. The studio building is buzzing with creative energy with over 70 artists and makers from jewellers, potters to milliners working here. At my studio, you can enjoy an intimate behind the scenes look at my works in progress, tools and equipments I use daily and browse through my collection of design and art books.
About your tutor Ekta Kaul
I am an award winning textile artist and an experienced educator. I set up her studio practice 10 years ago after winning the Craft Council’s business set up award Next Move. My work is held in several private collections and is stocked at select galleries and stores the UK, the US and Japan. I regularly exhibits at national and international events and works from her studio in Bloomsbury, Central London
Here’s what my 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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