Mindful Stitch Online Masterclass 3 | Mapping Memory & Internal Landscapes | 30 Aug 2020. 6-8 pm BST

£45.00

Online session exploring mindfulness through stitch.   A journey companion as we emerge into a new world.

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Mindful Stitch |  A journey companion as we emerge into a new world

As we slowly emerge from lockdown, are there practices we could develop to navigate this new normal ? I have found my stitch practice to be a sanctuary in these strange times. It has offered me a space for creativity, contemplation and catharsis. As my experience of doing weekly online Soothing Stitch demonstrated, stitch also offers connection & community, just as it has done for centuries in all cultures around the world.

With this in mind, I have developed a series of online classes that offer tools to journey through our internal & external landscapes. Over three sessions, we explore the use of fundamental stitch techniques moulded into contemplative practice. The three sessions are intended to be a unit, however you are welcome to register for a single class. Use MINDFUL to buy all 3 sessions for £100. 

Sunday 3 | Mapping Memory & Internal Landscapes | £45 | 30 Aug 2020. 6-8 pm BST

In this session you will develop contemplative landscapes pieces using stitches using a personal memory as a starting point. We will explore fly stitch, satin stitch, running stitch, chain stitch & variations. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced stitchers.

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Sunday 1 | Poetics of Home | £45 | 16 Aug 2020. 6-8 pm  BST

This session will focus on learning to express the idea of a home through stitch. The starting point could be an object in your home, or the architecture of the building. We will explore french knots, running stitch, back stitch, darning stitch, double darning stitch. Stitching will be interspersed with meditation, poetry reading and exchanging stories. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced stitchers. Buy HERE.

Sunday 2 | Mapping New Terrains | £45 | 23 Aug 2020. 6-8 pm BST

Develop mindfulness through stitch practice. Using a landscape as a starting point, learn to mark the land in embroidery stitches. We will explore stem stitch, whipped stitch, couching stitch, seed stitch and their variations. Stitching will be interspersed with meditation, poetry reading and exchanging stories. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced stitchers. BUY HERE

LIVE STREAM + Q&A

Each session will be 2 hours long and will include live stitch demonstrations, discussions and time for questions & answers. A Zoom link to the session will be sent to you. To continue the thread between the sessions, I will offer you suggestions of daily motifs designed to help you continue your practice. 

MATERIALS 
You will need fabric – cotton or linen; a range of threads- cotton floss, sewing thread; embroidery hoop; needles; sharp scissors.
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR
Ekta Kaul 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. A finalist for Jerwood Makers Open 2019, she works from her studio at Cockpit Arts, London.
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