Ekta Kaul is an award-winning textile artist based in London. She creates narrative maps that explore places, history and belonging through stitch. A pared back aesthetic coupled with a highly considered use of graphic marks form the core elements of her work. These are underpinned by a thoughtful approach to making, a deep interest in heritage and a firm commitment to sustainability.
Ekta’s work is held in collections including the Crafts Council, Liberty London, the Gunnersbury Museum and Chiswick Library. Her recent projects include an artist residency at Chinatown London and an interactive public art commission from Watermans London. Ekta exhibits her work in the UK and internationally including The New Craftsmen, Contemporary Applied Arts, Ruthin Craft Centre, 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 the finalist in Jerwood Makers Open 2019. Ekta teaches Masterclasses at institutions internationally including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.
Describe your approach to teaching.
My approach to teaching is focused on enabling each student to develop their authentic creative voice.
What inspires your own work?
I am drawn to maps not only because they are beautiful objects in their own right, but also because they are repositories for meaning. A map can reveal so many stories and can become a portal to places that bear witness to personal and collective narratives.