April 2020 - EAU Brink Studio

April 27, 2020
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What are you doing? This is what I hear from John when he pops into Eau Brink Studio.

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I have spent the past week in the studio reorganising and cleaning.

Clearing our cupboards that have been in need for a long time now.

Making decisions on how to move forward for the future. And this is what I am going to do.

Powertex

What are you doing about the Powertex? I have decided that I am no longer going to work with Powertex or teach it. I am still in two minds whether to keep it in the shop but we will see.

My decision for stopping this service is based on my having taken it as far as I can with my textiles and have found the only thing I really do enjoy making with it is the brooches.

Schools

As many of you know I have already given up going into the schools to teach art and crafts. I had been approached to return to two schools but have decided against it. This is because it takes a great deal of preparation for the small amount of time I have with the students.

Progression

I love this group and with the members we are planning great things for our future. Exhibitions are our intention. We are also considering a stand next year at the NEC. Including workshops by our members. Other exhibitions will include open studios, The Makers Fair in Norwich and hopefully Granchester. We of course will be looking at other venues to exhibit. Our exhibitions include the sale of our work and in some cases we will encourage sales tables from other artists. We are very excited about our future. Even at this time we hold a regular Zoom meeting to keep each other motivated.

Workshops

I am planning next years workshops now and am approaching artists to join us at Eau Brink studio. What am I doing? I am ready to add to the calendar some workshops for eco dyeing, Procion dyeing, and resist dyeing.

Other workshops will include the Experimental Wednesdays which I am considering making more structured as they used to be. With a different technique each month to explore.

Print and Make
Alison and her lovely pinnies

I am hoping Alison Hulme will return but this is not the time to contact her about work. But of course I will update you on her workshops as I know.

Amanda Hislop too which we will discuss at her workshop this year if we can still go ahead in September.

Cas Holmes may also visit next year if she is free.

Melanie Missin too of course as we had to cancel this years workshop.

These are just a few of the artists I am in contact with for the new years calendar.

West Norfolk Artists Association

This groups exhibitions are always popular and as an exhibitor I can say I do look forward to them. The artists are all very focused on producing high quality art which is popular. I will continue to exhibit my work through this association in the coming year.

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Just finished this hat.

My personal work will involve two things.

I am looking to concentrate on using the heat press for as long as I can get new things to work with it. I love the speed of it and the different results I get with different media. The plan is to work with the heat press and soluble film. The combination can either be fabulous or disastrous but we will see what happens. Could add another element such as Tyvek too.

Most of the items I make are going into my shop at Long Sutton.

The other aspect of my work is also in Long Sutton at the Tearoom.  I have been playing with cakes and deserts during this enforced closure and can report that our customers who have home delivery are enjoying the new flavoured cheesecakes as well as the little sweet pies. I am looking forward to returning.

John will always say What Are You Doing to me when I am in the studio as he does not understand what I get up to but he does like some of the results. Particularly the new work.


April 21, 2020
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I am working on a new set of videos for my Eau Brink Studio  YouTube Channel.

There are a number of videos recorded but they are not the best quality but I am thinking to still use them  as it will show how I am progressing with the whole recording thing.

Do you find it uncomfortable talking to a camera? I certainly do. Though I am very happy chatting away at nobody while I work. So I will be trying that  more than me standing talking.

I have just posted a  video about using soluble film. It is aimed at beginners really but I am going to post more on this subject.

This first video is showing you how to transfer your picture and to stitch it on a sewing machine set to free motion.

Then the results as it dissolves.

Soluble film is one of my favourite things to use. I love the freedom of it. You can use it as a flat piece of delicate work or build up the stitches to make a rigid 3 d piece. It makes the most wonderful lace. Which I did for my hat front.

You can also layer up the pieces to create depth in your work.

I am thinking of four videos but may extend it as I get over enthusiastic about it all.

To watch just pop over to https://t.co/UNF2clGwMz?amp=1


April 17, 2020
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Not Much Sewing going on at Eau Brink Studio at the moment.

I am spending a lot of my time cleaning and sorting out.

Fabric

The fabric stash has been greatly reduced. I have worked on a three pile theory. The first I am definitely going to keep. The second is going to the charity shop in Wymondham and the third I have  put aside to use during this period of working from home.

The largest pile by far is going to go to the Big C at Wymondham once they are able to receive items again.

Beads

This part of the clearing out has been more challenging for me than the fabric. I suspect you know that I love beads. Many of my pieces have beads on them in one way or another. Even the Powertex.  But I do have a small amount of beads I used at the schools for the children and will no longer need them as I decided earlier in the year to stop working in the schools.

Threads

No I am sorry but I cannot get rid of any of them no matter how hold they are I will find a use them.

Paper

You would not believe how much paper is in this studio. Much of it will never be used so its in the fire and onto the compost heap. Of course the brown paper and specialist papers will stay to be used during workshops.

UFO

All unfinished items and projects will be re-evaluated and if I want to get them finished I will endeavour to do so but if I have absolutely no interest they will be made into a kit or a card. I think I have a few.

Documentation

There is so much documentation in here all over the place and it has to go. Unfortunately I do have to keep quite a bit of it for the powers to be to scrutinise if they wish. So the loft is the obvious place in secure boxes of some sort. It is unfortunate that I cannot stand up in the loft as I would put a filing system in there for it all.

This is only part of the reason not much sewing is going on. Though I have completed a few pages in my Progression sketch book. And stitched a few fabric bowls too.

The Smallholding

That’s what is happening in the studio at the moment but also I am working with the boys to clear and fence the garden at last. We have move three chicken houses into the none existent orchard and sheep pen. We have almost finished the fencing to keep them all in but as the geese are nesting in that area we cannot complete it all. Don’t want to disturb them if we can help it.

Trees have been trimmed and deer fencing is being put at the base of the trees. This is to not only keep our animals and birds in but to try and keep Mr Fox out.

And if I can get the plants I want a lot of planting is going to happen in the coming weeks. I also need John to get the rotivator working for my veg patch. Hurrah no more sheep eating my lovely sprouts this year.

Talking of sheep. They will be sheared in a couple of weeks so more fleece to play with. I do miss not having any lambs but we will get them tupped in October ready for next spring.

Then we will see lovely scenes like this one again.

 

So now you can see why there is not much sewing happening at the moment but that does not mean that it will continue. I do have a fair few items in the planning stage and once I am cleared up I will get onto them.

 

 


April 11, 2020
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Keeping Going at Eau Brink Studio during our confinement.

What does that mean?

It is easy to sit around and worry about what is going to happen. Watching the the news does not help at all as I find it all very depressing. I would prefer it if they told us about the good things. Such as how many people have recovered from this dreadful illness.

Now I find I do not watch the news anymore. Nor do I respond to anything negative on my social media feeds. Eau Brink Studio is looking to the future. And that means a huge clear out of items not used or not likely to be used.

Fabric stash first.

Looking at it all has made me realise I do not use most of it. So the outcome is to use it up over the next few weeks and I will post on Social media what I make with it all.  What on earth can it all be used for? We will see what transpires. At the  moment I am using some of it to make fabric bowls. Sitting in my garden outside the studio. This is helping me stay focused and keeping the studio going.

My favourite fabrics are 100% cotton and hemp. Old hemp is far better in my opinion but can be equally expensive.

Were you aware that Hemp was part of our heritage? It was important for textile, paper, rope and oil production. Indeed, hemp was so important in England in the sixteenth century that King Henry VIII passed an Act of Parliament which fined farmers who failed to grow the crop. … Hemp, as a fibre crop is like flax (which is used to make linen).

It is returning but not to the same degree unfortunately. What a great way to restart another of our industries by producing affordable hemp fabric in the UK.

Alison HulmeI like plan fabrics that I can print on or dye. That way I am in full control of my work and not working around others colours and patterns. And one of my favourite workshops is with Alison Hulme who visits once a year to help me and others to do just that. Print all we can for two days. So far we have kept Alison’s workshop open as we are hoping the restrictions are lifted by the end of July.

Keeping Going means with a bit of luck we may be able to open by the end of June and we can then plan to bring back the delayed workshops. It will be a welcome change to meet friends again. Eat cake and discuss textiles, art and crafts. Something to look forward to.

 

 

 

 

 


April 1, 2020
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Confinement at Eau Brink Studio.

Confinement means different things to us all and for me I considered myself very hard done to at first. But now I realise how lucky I am to have a large space to wonder around in as well as a studio to retreat to.

Gelli Plate Printing Part 1I am like many of you using this time to catch up on things and the first item on my list is the YouTube Channel.

I have spent many hours confined in the studio recording videos and learning how to edit them with my sons help to upload onto the YouTube channel.  So far I have put out two on Gelli Plate Printing. One of my pet hates when using any media is pop up adverts or adverts at the beginning and end of a video. with this in mind I can assure you there are none on mine.

Gelli Plate printing 1 is a basic demonstration and Gelli Plate printing 2 is a little more advanced. I demonstrate how to get layers  of prints and a key point to ensure it works. Number 3 is due out next week and is transferring pictures from magazines and your own printed pictures. If your planning to have a go at this one you will need high gloss magazines and to change the settings on your printer.

Keeping Active

Keeping active during our enforced confinement means walking around my garden a few times. I do this with my son and we are working up to 10,000 steps a day. Trouble with this is as we have hit spring and the garden is coming to life I am seeing inspirations all over the place.

This tree is just opening its leaves and blossom buds are about to burst open. Taken late afternoon yesterday. My son will have to show me how to use another programme and edit this so I can use it for my work. Though I do sort of like it as it is.

 

Virtual Progression

ProgressionBeing confined at Eau Brink Studio has meant that we get to use all the technology at our disposal. The progression group are meeting virtually now. Still on the first Wednesday of the month our meeting continues online. This is very new to some of our members but they are embracing it. Keeping motivated is something that can be hard during isolation. Luckily we have ways of keeping in touch that previous generations did not have.

I am considering virtual workshops too but need to think about that a bit more as I need to consider how to do it and how to get people engaged too. My son has suggested it would be a good idea and then to record it as I go and put the recording onto YouTube too. So much to think about.

The website is bang up to date now. Thank you Ruth for your help. Though I have noticed that two links are not working so the Techy guys are on it. I am sure they can fix it quickly.

TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge 2020

Have you all joined in the TextileArtist community Stitch Challenge? I must admit I did get bored with my first weeks piece but stuck with it. This second week is making a post card sized piece. I will post it on my Facebook  page so you can see what I am up to. TextileArtist Community Stitch Challenge has a Facebook page so you can go and take a look at what everyone is up to.

This is my first weeks challenge and you can see why I got bored with it. Though I do like working Ermine stitch as you can use it in so many ways.

Stay Safe everyone and keep stitching.