Ekta Kaul is an award winning London based textile artist, her studio established in 2008. She creates luxurious textiles that celebrate a contemporary, pared down aesthetic and focus on simplicity, craftsmanship & timeless style. Her work is imbued with character and speaks of exceptional hand craftsmanship, careful attention to detail and a sensitive use of materials and colours. Alongside embroidered and hand-dyed accessories worked in soft cashmeres, sumptuous silks & fine wools she also creates contemporary cartographic tapestries, or wall hangings, based on city maps which are bespoke site specific pieces for individual clients.
“I am fascinated by maps – not simply by their graphic quality but also by the stories they tell. My love of maps began as a child growing up in India when I would spend hours drawing maps of places both real and imagined; and has continued to grow fuelled by a love of travel since I moved to the UK as a Masters student more than a decade ago. Thanks to travel between the UK and India, within Europe and the US, I have continued to discover maps of fabulous cities and mark them with my own stories and symbols. These storytelling experiences become the starting point of my cartographic artworks.”
Ekta’s wall mounted map artworks are created by a combination of machine and hand embroidery, expressing a contemporary interpretation of a traditional process. They celebrate a pared down aesthetic and focus on simplicity, craftsmanship & timeless design. An amalgamation of Indian and Western design vocabulary form the core of her design aesthetic – a confluence of material cultures of the two places she calls home. For instance, she works with natural materials – silks, cottons and slubby linen sourced largely in India. Taking her London Map as an example, she embroiders on a textured ivory Eri silk which comes from the jungles of Assam, the wall hanging’s monochrome palette and minimal appearance are informed by Western traditions.
Ekta can be commissioned to realise a bespoke map to any size. They also make unique gifts to map lives events and individual histories, they are also suitable for corporate commission to demonstrate special qualities of identity. The commissioning process is a simple staged process whereby relevant information is drawn out to enable Ekta to respond with drawings and samples.