Machine Embroidery One day course
Explore Journeys in Stitch
Cockpit Arts Holborn, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
Dates Saturday, 13 July 2019 | 10:30 am – 4pm
Course Fee £150
Places 4 students
Explore and express your journeys in stitch in this course with Ekta. Gather memories of special journeys whether recent or past ones and learn to embroider them into a beautiful keepsake that tells your travel stories. The day would be a lovely mix of storytelling through drawing and stitch. The course theme is deliberately loose so as to encourage interpretation in widest possible ways. For inspiration please bring objects and/or images that evoke your special journey and inspire you. These could include, though not limited to photographs, maps, books, souvenirs.
Ekta will share her personal favourites including artists and designers she loves, books, websites and lots of top tips. She will suggest and suggest stitch techniques most appropriate to interpret your journey. Ekta hopes that will enjoy this creative project in October just as the nights will begin to draw in and continue to build on it through the Autumn and Winter months.
About your tutor
Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and an experienced tutor. She set up her studio practice after winning the Craft Council’s prestigious business set up award Next Move. Her work is held in several private collections and is stocked at some of the best galleries in the UK and the US. Ekta regularly exhibits at national and international events and works from her studio in Bloomsbury, Central London.
Here’s what Ekta’s happy students say
“Spending the afternoon designing a bespoke map with Ekta was the highlight of my trip to London! Her creativity, patience and compassion helping me document a journey I’ve been on are unrivalled. Starting with the unique venue… her studio at Cockpit Yards which is buzzing with creativity one couldn’t help but be inspired. Ekta listened to my story and using her artistic skills was able to capture the essence of my journey. She also makes beautiful and oh such creative scarves! I walked away with 2 Beautiful keepsakes…. the scarf which when I wear I will remember this great experience and a very personal bespoke map which I will cherish. I highly recommend this course. I’ll be back for sure!”
Robin Schweitzer, New York City
"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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