Cartography In Stitch

with Ekta Kaul

Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th August 2020 (4 days), 10am-5pm each day


Plus £7 per day for lunch (optional) – most dietary requirements catered for

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Maps are incredibly powerful tools for storytelling. They have been used throughout history for geographical, political and commercial purposes. However, maps can also be highly personal and intimate in scale.

This course will focus on how to use the stitch to make commemorative maps celebrating our personal stories and those of our loved ones. Journeys (both external and internal), memorable moments and places will be used as starting points. Students will draw inspiration through prompts such as personal photographs, maps, found objects or souvenirs for exploring memories and journeys.

Ekta will share details of process and techniques she uses in her own practice.  Students will learn to create visual compositions and then translate them into stitched patterns and textures evoking memories of land, location and people.

About the tutor

Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist, maker and educator whose textiles speak of exquisite hand craftsmanship, simplicity and timelessness. Ekta’s embroidered cartographic ‘StoryMaps’ seek to tell personal stories of place through stitch.

Ekta draws inspiration from graphic aerial photography, vintage maps and gardens, as well as the Zen gardens of Japan, calligraphy and architecture. Her process is very much rooted in mark making. Her work explores contemporary expressions of stitch using age-old techniques of hand embroidery, hand dyeing and free-hand machine embroidery.

Ekta’s work is held in several public and private collections including bespoke StoryMaps for Liberty’s and Gunnersbury Museum’s permanent collections.  Her textiles can be seen in a select group of galleries in the UK and internationally, including The New Craftsmen, Contemporary Applied Arts, Museum of Art and Design NYC, and Conran Shop Tokyo. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and the Arts Council, England, and was a finalist in Jerwood Makers Open 2019. She works from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury, Central London.

For more informatiom see

Ekta Kaul Stitch Cartography 1

Ekta Kaul Stitch Cartography 2

Ekta Kaul Stitch Cartography 3