Ekta Kaul is a textile artist known for her narrative maps that explore places, history and belonging through stitch. She works on public and private commissions and her work is held in several permanent collections including at the Crafts Council, Liberty of London, the Gunnersbury Museum and those of private collectors. Ekta is also an educator and teaches at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge as well as internationally. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and the Arts Council England and was the winner of 2021 Cockpit Arts Textile Prize. She works from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury, London.
I first met Ekta 10 or 12 years ago when we were both early on in our textile careers, doing retail shows and finding our way. Since then we have both branched out into creating narrative textile artworks, working with community groups, commissions and teaching adults. I love talking to Ekta because she is so thoughtful and considered in everything she does, including her textile making practice. In this conversation we start talking about her recent work on textile maps and then we take a journey through finding your own creative voice, sharing and communicating the love of textiles, community and the power of textiles to both soothe and connect.
See below for links to things we talked about in the podcast.
Ekta and her work
Ekta is also featured in my 2020 one-off podcast for the Textiles in Lockdown project. You can listen to that here for free.
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