2020 November

November 17, 2020
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Half Way into 2nd Lockdown

So here we are again and now half way through. How are you all feeling? Keeping busy is key for me as it is easy to slip into bad habits and poor health.

With this in mind I make a point of getting up early still and working on my admin before the day really begins. Evenings are spent sewing my own work. To continue to develop and evolve so whilst the boys watch sports I can sew happily in my studio.

We are working hard at moving the shop around and making new stock for it such as new bags and Christmas decorations which will be added onto the online shop very soon. 2021 is now planned and the website will be updated over the next few days.

 

 

2021

So  Every alternative Wednesday we have Social Wednesday. From 10 am till 4 pm you are welcome to join us for a day of chatter and sewing. Of course there will be cake to go with the hot drinks. This day will only cost £10.00 unless you purchase materials from the studio.

Just bring along your stitching and machine if you want to use it and your lunch. All machines must be PAT tested. If this is a problem John will PAT test it for you for a small fee.

To book in just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday/  Our first one is on the 9th December if we are out of lockdown.  Not 2021 but near enough to get  going.

Every third Wednesday we will continue with Experimental Wednesday as it is a great day of experimenting and moving our own practice on or in different directions.

Visiting Artists

We have booked in a number of visiting artists and we are slowly getting them on the system. Of course it is difficult as we do not know what will happen so I am planning as if we can have a normal life again. Though I think it may be a very different normal to what we are used to. Not all of our visiting artist are will us for two days many are one day workshops and we have quite a varied programme planned for the year.

PAT Testing Days

On the second Wednesday of every month John will be around if you want to have your machines or equipment tested. The charge is £2.50 per item or three items for £5.00. John will also change plugs if need be for a additional cost of £1. per plug.

Progression in Textiles

We are working hard to complete items for exhibition in the new year hopefully starting at the Norfolk Makers Festival in Norwich. It will be a little different next year depending on the restrictions that may be imposed but at least we hopefully will have a great exhibition for you to visit. Some items will be available for sale through contact with the artist.

Our full programme will be uploaded to our Facebook page by the end of November. And onto the Eau Brink Studio Website.

Smallholding News

We are on the look out for a Ram for our girls. A Lincoln Longwool ram so we can have lambs in the spring. the problem we have is Johns mobility is limited and he is not able to fix the trailer on his own so we cannot collect a ram it needs to be delivered. We have put out a plea on Facebook but so far nobody has responded. It may be that I try and help John with fixing the trailer but the gates and back are very heavy and need to come off for repair. Fingers crossed someone can deliver a ram for the girls.

Our fox issue continues but we have outsmarted it for the time being by penning in one house of birds. It looks like we may be doing the same for the rest. such a bind for them but its the only way to keep them safe.

The geese are happy with the ducks flapping around on the pond when the fox visits so there is not a problem for them.

Our puppies are growing daily and growing naughtier daily too. so funny to watch them. Though somethings are not going to be forgiven like wrecking my spinning wheel.

The girls are almost housetrained. One still has not learnt how to hold it for more than 3 hours all the time but she is getting there. They have learnt to sit by the door if they want to got out but do not bark. Though they will run to us and run back to the door sometimes. So daily improvements. Their next challenge is to get used to being in the car. They both get very frightened and need lots of reassurance at the moment.

Stay Safe Everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 5, 2020
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ANOTHER LOCKDOWN

How fed up are we now ? Another Lockdown to make life a bit more challenging. Luckily at Eau Brink Studio teaching can continue as we are educational. But of course the café and my physical shop are now closed.

EBS Retail

Although the physical shop is closed for the next four weeks that does not mean that all work has stopped. We are planning a big clean and revamp. we hope to add a new ceiling to help keep it warm and the fabrics will be taken off the rolls and put on flat cores so it is easier for you to see them. Also it is easier for me to cut them too. We have many fabrics in now all natural fibres such as linen and cotton. I am hoping to get some Linen Hemp too.

You can still order from my website and I have asked the techy guys if they can add click and collect onto the shipping section so that you can either collect from the studio in King’s Lynn or from EBS Retail in Long Sutton. Until that can be completed you can email me or message me with your needs and we can sort it out from there.

Progression in Textiles

Our monthly meetings are always informative and friendly. This month we took care of business quite quickly and then spent time looking at each others work and helping each other over our difficulties. The work being produced is amazing. We cannot wait for our first exhibition in 2021. Hopefully we can continue without any  further interruptions.

Our first is planned for February in The Forum in Norwich, Then in March the NEC. During the year of 2021 we have planned to exhibit in Norwich, NEC, Granchester, Brancaster, Wells, and King’s Lynn. We will run competitions and hopefully have sales tables too. Maybe a little make and take if all the restrictions are lifted and life can get back to some sort of normal. For more information please go to our facebook page and like it so you can keep up to date with what we are up to.

Eau Brink Studio

The studio is open for our regular workshops such as Experimental Wednesday. Numbers are limited and booking must be through the booking site. Sadly  There will be no visiting artists until next year if all restrictions are removed. Kids club is still happening every other Thursday evening until the end of the school year. Next year they are running during the school term times.

4 weeks of lockdown may seem a long time but I bet it goes quickly. I have loads of work to be getting on with such as finishing work for the planned exhibitions next year and restocking my shop. This means the studio may get a little messy some times but that is half the fun of working with textiles, paint, paper and inks. Not to mention dyes too.

This year I have been amazed at the level of support I have received from family, friends, customers, acquaintances and people I have never met. You are all amazing.

I feel I am so lucky to have you all in my life.

Small Holding

So what are we up to in the animal world then?

Of course many of you are aware we have two new puppies. Who are settling in well but still have their frightened moments.

Luna and Lucy are rescued dogs who were found by the side of the road with the entire litter. They were the only two alive. I didn’t intend to have two dogs but when I was told of their beginning in life I could not separate them.

As they grow and get braver they get naughtier of course. It is very hard to tell them off though.

They have been to the groomers for their first pamper with us and coped very well. They are not happy with car journeys yet but it is early days.

You will see them if you visit the studio as they are now getting used to being in the with me. They will stick their noses in your bags, climb up on your knee for a little lovin and run off with your threads.

The fox is still visiting and we are still trying to keep it away but I think the time is coming to try and trap it. I have called in the pest control and hopefully they can stop the chicken population from further devastation.

The sheep are not at all bothered by any of what is going on so long as they have food. And can push over the fences as they find that fun.

For now we are just looking after everyone and preparing for the winter months.