2021 January

January 30, 2021
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Are you ready ?

All you need is a few tea bags and a little bit of your own flair.

Make a cup or pot of tea using tea bags. Squash and squeeze them and leave them to dry.

Once dry open them up and draw, paint to dye them.

You can add them to Bondaweb and use them to bond onto paper, card and fabric.

Make a 3d item.

It can be anything from a simple card to huge piece of art. And anything in between but must be a 3d item so make sure you art piece is either free standing or has 3d elements on it.

If you are unsure about how to start processing your teabags go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1YXPFmEmofkIlAY9z9n8vQ

At the time of sending this blog out there are two videos showing you how to prepare your tea bags and another to go on. Throughout the Month of February there will be more videos showing you how Anita is progressing with her piece.

If you have any problems or questions just email Anita or message on the Eau Brink Studio Facebook page.

There is no charge. So give it a go and see what you come up with.


January 25, 2021
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BURSTING WITH IDEAS

Hardanger

Sipping my favourite tea with a head bursting with ideas usually results with me just putting one into action and the forgetting the rest.

But with all this extra time we now have on our hands my head is bursting with even more ideas and I am getting them down in a little book. Not only am I getting them documented I am planning how to make them a reality.

Bursting into your life now

The first one to be thrown out into Eau Brink World is a monthly challenge. Starting in February. I will run it along the lines of our Experimental Wednesdays. Each month we will work towards making a piece which can be adapted to most disciplines. This means that it dose not only have to be sewing related. It can be a piece of fabulous art, a Craft, a stitched item or glued. The aim is to get us all exploring what we can do with the subject. The only rule is that you follow the guidelines but you can be as experimental as you wish.

Each month I will post on social media and send out the challenge by email . I will be converting a page on the website for your information and to show the finished items. They will also be posted on social media and added to the news letters.

You do not have to pay to join in and I am going to try and keep the cost of making very low by encouraging you to use what you already may have or can beg off others. Though of course I will be putting kits onto the website shop just in case you fancy purchasing one for someone else to have a go.

I do not want to bombard you with all my ideas in one go so as I organise each thing I will let you know what to look out for.

It is funny how my head only has ideas about my lovely studio and not about such mundane things as food shopping. Mind you that is just how I like it.

Smallholding News

Now for some very sad news. We have had to send our sheep to a lovely big farm. It was a hard decision to make but for their health and John’s safety we really had no choice. We have been told that they settled in well and are with a Tup so hopefully they will be producing lambs for the farmer.

We will keep our birds and really get going with the bees this year. Hopefully lots of honey to bake with at the end of the season and plenty to eat on my porridge too.

Covid update

As the lockdown continues and the schools are closed we also cannot open for groups or to teach. It is very frustrating but we need to make sure it is safe for everyone who visits Eau Brink Studio as well as for ourselves.

Of course as soon as we are given the green light we will get going again. If you have booked into a workshop and we have to move it or cancel it of course you can have a refund. If you have paid through paypal the refund will be returned through them. I am not sure what fees they take off it but you can challenge them if they do charge you. Any monies paid directly into my account will be fully refunded.

Most of our visiting artists are happy to move the workshop to a later date so you can still attend. I am offering you a way to secure your places by asking you to pay a deposit of just £10.00 per day. My booking system will permit you to pay smaller amounts until the full fee is paid. The box that has the fee in it can be changed to how much you are paying. If you wish you can just send me a cheque for the deposit and I will add it to the workshop for you.

And now my brain is bursting with the idea that I need more tea.

Stay safe everyone

Anita

 

 

 

 


January 16, 2021
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January 2021

Here we are January 2021 and we are in another lockdown due to the Covid-19. For each of us this means something different.

For us at Eau Brink Studio is means we have to close our doors to workshops until the schools are open again or maybe even longer. It all depends on the R rate of course. A number of people have contacted me asking if we are still putting on workshops but I am afraid not at the moment. We follow the Governments guidelines.

This means that there are no social Wednesdays, No Experimental Wednesday or Kids Art Club this month. however, we are looking forward to the rest of the year and have decided to move Suzette Smart from the beginning of March to October just to be optimistic we can go ahead further on.

Other workshops to be moved but as yet not confirmed for new dates are the Shibori style procion workshop and the Loom Beading in February. New dates will be added to the website as soon as we can.

So what have we been up to in the studio then?

Accounts of course have to be finalised by the end of this month so that’s ongoing.

Anita has been making loads of stock for the shop including cushions, bags and fabric boxes. the fabric boxes are pretty but take an age due to the cutting out.

Also writing up a notebook and sampling for a new project. Most enjoyable.

John has been getting to grips with the 3d printer and started to print out a few things including items to be made into pincushions.

Booking

A number of you have asked about booking and the system to spread the costs.

when booking go to the booking site as normal and in the little box with the price change it to what you are paying. In the notes box put something like deposit if its the first payment and then payment 2 or 3 which ever it is. you will see a running total going down on what is left to be paid.

A deposit secures your place on the workshop.

Smallholding

It is with deep regret and sadness that I have to report that we are selling our sheep. As John’s condition deteriorates he is unable to help me care for them to a high standard. It takes 3 of us to turn them just to clean and trim hooves. Also they keep escaping their enclosure and the fencing now needs to be replaced to keep them in. This is a big job and John will struggle to complete it so the decision was made to sell them on. They are going to a good home where they will be introduced to a flock and a Ram.

Once they sheep have left we will look at replanting the orchard and I look forward to sipping Gin under the trees. Bring on the summer sun.

We will concentrate on the bees, chickens, ducks, geese and dogs now as they are easier to care for.

It also means that I can replant the garden with herbs, dyers plants and maybe the odd flower too.

The pond may get a fountain or waterfall and perhaps a island to help keep the fox from the ducks and geese.

All in All

All in all we are planning and looking forward to the end of the Covid situation so we can sit in our lovely garden with friends, family and anyone else who fancies dropping in. We will always have refreshments on the go but cannot always promise it will contain alcohol.

Take care everyone.

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


January 3, 2021
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New Year 2021

The New Year of 2021 has arrived and we are once again kept in our homes to try and stop the spread of the Virus. Luckily we now have the vaccine to help combat it. We are told that by Easter we should have some sort of normality return to our lives.

A Huge Thank You

I want to thank you all for your support during the last year. Just knowing you read my little blog helps me keep  motivated.  I know I am very lucky to still be in business in this New Year of 2021 as many are now closing their doors.

Update

At this moment in time Eau Brink studio is open for Children’s after school workshops as per Government Guidelines and the numbers are restricted to a maximum of 8. For more information on the new terms workshop just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/art-club-11yrs-and-older-2021-01-14/   

It is hoped that the Government review will enable us to open our doors again for the other workshops fairly quickly. Until then I am putting videos onto YouTube again. The latest is a quick one on how to make box pleats. The next one will be how to dye fabric using Shibori folding Techniques and Procion Dyes.

Our first Progression meeting of 2021 will be a zoom meeting at 11 am on the 6th January.

Bookings are open for all our planned workshops throughout the new year and as you can imagine the popular workshops are getting booked. Such as Amanda Hislop where we only have 2 spaces now available.

The first big workshop of the year is with Suzette Smart making these fabulous Embroidered Bird Boxes which make a lovely gift for anyone to use in their homes for little storage boxes. Once you have learnt the technique you can apply it to any shape box.

I am looking forward to this one as I plan to use the technique during 2021 as a way of packaging gifts for family and close friends. Saving purchasing wrapping paper which just gets thrown away. What better way than to give a gift with a pretty reusable box?

 

3D Printer

As John and I could not workout what to purchase each other as gifts for the festive season we decided to purchase a 3D Printer for the studio. John being an excellent engineer is in charge of it. That means he has to work out how to work it and I just tell him what I need printing. Of course it also means that you can discuss with John any needs you may have for replacement parts for any equipment or new equipment you may need. Also I have discovered you can print stencils which will be more robust that the commercial types so should last longer.  That means you can send in your designs and get them printed. I will keep you informed on his progress. But if you fancy coming to see it working please get in contact so we can arrange it with all Covid safety guidelines in place.

Smallholding

It is not just us humans who are currently being kept in. Once again Bird Flu has arrived and we have to keep our chickens ducks and geese in.  The problem with keeping chickens in is they get bored and start to pick on each other. With this in mind we put bark down for them to scrape through to get the bugs that have wondered into the enclosure and I spend time making they special cakes with yummy vegetables and rice to eat. Along with strings of vegetables and fruit hanging around the enclosure for them to find. We also put in food containers for their normal food which makes them stand onto a plate to get the food. Once the growing season starts we will grow plants around the enclosures and over them so they grow into the fencing and they can enjoy them too.

The ducks and geese are another story. We have purchased a new polytunnel for them and as soon as we can get it up we will put them into it. In the  hope they do not escape. They are very good at escaping any enclosure we have tried so far.

Talking about escaping they sheep have managed to get out of their part of the garden again so we have now decided to leave them out until we can get new stock fencing. It is easier. With their winter coats they are huge and nothing gets in their way when they want to go somewhere.

Puppies

These little loves are now 6 months old and full of  mischief.  They have also found their voices and like to bark at everything and everyone. So that is another part of their training to be quiet. They have learnt a lot so far……… How to pinch clean washing as it is folded into the basket and run off with it. How to come when called as this means a nice treat. How to sit when told. But the biggest achievement is how to ask to go out when needed.  They still like to be sitting on a lap and given lots of attention.

Thank you all once again for your support over the last year and in anticipation for the new year of 2021.

Wishing you all a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Stay Safe.

 

 


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