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Stitching Stories w/ Artist Saima Kaur

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Saima in the Gallery as she explores the art of storytelling through embroidery, and explains how life experiences feed into her work.

Saima is a Hebden Bridge based artist, who’s work is currently on display as part of Sunny Bank Mills Gallery’s exhibition, Tangled Up.

Saima’s most recent work explores themes of grief, loss, relationship breakdown and the feelings that came along with her daughter’s autism diagnosis at a young age.

Here are some snippets from Saima’s Tangled Up artist statement, describing two of the pieces of work that are on display;

My Gift to Come

“I used motifs and techniques from Punjabi Phulkaris and folklore to express my joy of impending motherhood. The heaven’s sang, the fairies prepared, and I dreamt of things to come.”

Things People Said

“This expresses the reality and intensity of the grief that transpired. The realisation of her final prognosis was a slow, painful unfolding. My baby grew to be non-verbal with severe learning difficulties and unable to care for herself. The grief captured in the artwork was appropriate for the time. The grief passed and was replaced by a deep love and an acceptance of what would never be.”

During this talk, Saima will explore how these life experiences have shaped her and her textile practice.


This talk is suitable for ages 18+.


About Saima Kaur

Saima Kaur is a self-taught Yorkshire based textile artist. Her work is informed and inspired by Indian folk embroideries, in particular the figurative Phulkaris from Punjab.

She uses a limited set of hand embroidery stitches to build bold, illustrative artworks that suggest larger narratives and otherworldly stories. Kaur creates original artworks for interiors alongside works that explore heritage, memory, grief and longing.

Terms and booking conditions

Talk bookings can be cancelled and refunded up until 7 days before the scheduled start date. We regret that refunds cannot be offered less than 7 days before the talk date. Please note that Eventbrite’s booking fee is non-refundable.

If we need to cancel the talk for any reason your ticket will be fully refunded.



This talk will be held in the Gallery, which has flat access to the rear (through the Main Yard). If you have any additional access needs, please let us know on your booking form so that we can offer assistance on the day.


This event is part of a series of workshops and talks taking place during Sunny Bank Mills’ Threads Textile Festival. Visit our Threads Website to see what else is happening across the weekend!

Book more workshop tickets directly through Eventbrite by visiting our Threads Collection.


June 8
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sunny Bank Mills Gallery
83-85 Town Street
Farsley, LS28 5UJ United Kingdom