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Stitch Your Family Tree

£270.00

Family Trees are objects that often spark curiosity, conversations and imagination. Celebrate your family and create your own family tree under the gentle guidance of artist Ekta Kaul. In this course, you will learn to stitch and play with storytelling and creating a meaningful family heirloom that commemorates stories of your family through stitched cloth.

The class is divided into 3 modules spread over 3 consecutive Sundays 6, 13, 20 November 2022

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Stitch Your Family Tree | Live Masterclass on Zoom

Venue Zoom

Dates Three consecutive Sundays – 6, 13, 20 November 2022.  We will be recording the sessions and the recordings will be made available to you for 4 weeks after the course finishes (ie till 20 Dec 2022).

Timing 4-7 pm GMT or 8-11am PT  or 11am-2pm ET. Check your local time here 

Course Outline

Family Trees are objects that often spark curiosity, conversations and imagination. Celebrate your family and create your own family tree under the gentle guidance of artist Ekta Kaul. In this course, you will learn to stitch and play with storytelling and creating a meaningful family heirloom that commemorates stories of your family through stitched cloth.

The class is divided into 3 modules spread over 3 consecutive Sundays- 6, 13, 20 November 2022. .

 MODULE 1 In this module you will learn

1.1 Embroidery Tools, Materials and Image building using collage.

1.2 Ekta will discuss inspiring historical and contemporary examples to fire your imagination. She will also share the techniques she uses in her own maps.

1.3 Develop the artwork for your Family tree, incorporating motifs inspired by stories of family members and characters.

1.4 Create a moodboard, a colour palette for your Family Tree.

1.5 Transferring the image onto fabric

MODULE 2 In this module you will learn

2.1 Stitches to embroider text

2.2  Stitches to embroider imagery including leaves and botanicals.

2.3 Applique and Quilting techniques to create depth and texture.

2.4 Feedback

MODULE 3 In this module you will learn

3.1 Finishing Techniques

3.2 Hanging and Displaying your Family Tree

3.3 Framing your Family Tree

3.4 Individual Feedback, group sharing and celebration.

The outcome might be a wall hanging or a panel that can be used in other projects eg a quilt. Ekta will offer individual help and feedback to guide you.

Materials

A materials pack including fabric, needles, threads, wadding will be sent to you. You are also welcome to use your own fabrics or garments from family members, celebrating their memory in your family tree.

Shipping for the material pack will be calculated at checkout.

Where will the course take place

This virtual masterclass will be held on Zoom on three consecutive Sundays offering space and time to develop ideas. A link to the class will be sent to you a week before. The number of participants is restricted to a small group to ensure all students have ample time to get individual feedback, discuss ideas and make meaningful connections with peers. 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 known for her ‘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 inspire creativity and share her 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. 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

“The focus on creating for the joy of it and embracing imperfection. Ekta is a wonderful inspiring artist and teacher.”

Monique Tricot, Devon, 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

 

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