A Two-Day Embroidery and Print Workshop with Textile Artist, Ekta Kaul.
Suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with more experience
Gardens are meditative, restorative spaces alive with gentle fragrances, pleasing sounds and sights of nature. This two day course will focus on slowing down, taking the time to observe the foliage at the Chapel, learning to eco-print on fabric using plant materials and developing mindfulness through embroidery. Drawing inspiration from the Chapel garden designed and planted by Sarah Price (Chelsea Gold Medal Winner), you will evolve a vocabulary of hand embroidery stitches under Textile Artist Ekta Kaul’s gentle guidance. Explore creating pattern by eco-printing directly with foraged leaves and flowers and develop a personal response through mark making and creating stitched surfaces that evoke the spirit of the garden. Ekta will also share processes and techniques that she uses within her own work.
Ekta’s artistic practice is focused on creating narrative embroidered maps that explore places, histories and belonging through stitch. Her textiles are imbued with character, they speak of exceptional hand craftsmanship, careful attention to detail and a sensitive use of materials & colours.
Ekta is also a highly experienced educator and regularly undertakes public participatory projects working in collaboration with Museums and Heritage sector charities. Most recently she has run courses for the Crafts Council, Victoria & Albert Museum and later this year will be at Kettles Yard in Cambridge.
Ekta’s work is held in several private collections including a bespoke StoryMap commission for Liberty’s for their permanent collection. Her work can be seen select group of galleries in the UK and internationally including The New Craftsmen, Contemporary Applied Arts, Ruthin Craft Centre, Museum of Art and Design NYC, Conran Shop Tokyo among others. She is a finalist of the Jerwood Makers Open 2019 and was shortlisted for the Guildhall Artist Residency. Ekta works from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury, London.