Stitching produces a similar meditative state by focusing on the journey of the needle and thread on cloth.
We have all experienced the soothing effects of a walk in nature. Research shows that we experience a marked enhancement in our emotional well-being when we take a stroll and intentionally shift our attention outwards (UC Berkeley, Sep 2020). Stitching produces a similar meditative state by focusing on the journey of the needle and thread on cloth.
In this workshop, textile artist Ekta Kaul invites you to tune into nature and explore mapping foliage on a savoured walkthrough stitch. Before the workshop, she requests you to forage for foliage or alternatively take photographs on your favourite walk. Please bring at least one example or one image of foliage to class (e.g., a leaf, a flower, an acorn, or a twig), paying close attention to what you feel drawn to for its pleasing form, colour, or texture. Using these examples as inspiration, we will map the connection between stitch, nature and well-being.
This workshop is organised as part of our Surrey Artist of the Year season, and it is supported by Patricia Baines Trust. It is also part of our Craft Month celebrations for our World Craft Town.
Visit: New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS