2021 July

July 25, 2021
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All You Need To Know About Our Week.

All you need to know about our week can be summed up in one word. And that work is Fabulous.

Unfortunately there is one cloud on the horizon but we cannot always have everything going our way. Or so I am told.

The week started with me dyeing fibres using Procion dyes. They could not have come out any better if I tried.

First I soaked the fibres in Soda Ash over night and then dripped the dyes onto the fibres and again left them over night to cure.

After a great deal of rinsing I popped them into the microwave to cook and set the dyes. Brilliant colours and muted where the fibres were brown before dyeing. And that’s all you need to know about how to dye using Procion dyes.

On Tuesday I spent the morning extracting honey from our hives. We did give the girls back the comb so they can use what was left for the stores they still had. We do not take all of it.

It tastes amazing and I am convinced that is because we planted a wild flower meadow in front of the hives.

A teaspoon a day is my medicine now before I even have a drink. Though it is tempting to have more.

 

Experimental Wednesday was all about the bling. We spend the day using foils with stamps, screens and stencils.

The results were fabulous and very different with each of the participants. Do you know you can use foils in this way? and not just on fabric but on paper and card too.

And of course the we did have honey cake to keep us going.

Thursday and Friday were spent in the shop. Cutting the new fabrics and moving a few items around. Also talking to Zena about her teaching card making at Eau Brink which she has agreed to do. So in September a new card making class will begin on Friday the 10th. The class will be from 10 am until 12 noon fortnightly unless you want it weekly.

The cost of the class is £15.00 and that include materials , tea and coffee.  Booking can be taken through calling Zena on 07802437575 or Anita on 01553 762115. or Email Anita on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk to book.  If we do not answer the phone leave us a message and we will get back to you to confirm your place.

And the Week has ended on a high note at Little Massingham where we were attending the church first art and craft fair to raise funds for the church.

We met so many lovely people who were all very friendly and chatty.

I am looking forward to the next one.

 

Another good thing that has happened this week is that BT are sorting our the fibre for the studio. They have made the changes they needed to make and now we are waiting for confirmation of the date they can put it in. Hurrah.

That of course will mean lots of video content live hopefully very soon.

The one down side of this week is that we may have to cancel the workshop with Jenny O’Leary. We do not at this time have enough to run it. This is very surprising as last time we were full and other wanted to join in. I would like to understand why the bookings are down on it. Is it the dates? timing? costs? or content?

Jenny has agreed that we can make it two one day workshops now. Day one is working onto paper and day two is working on fabric. The costs is £60.00 per day. Just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/ 

It would be a real shame if we cannot run it. The last time Jenny came we had a great time. She is a very generous tutor and full of knowledge. This workshop is excellent for beginners as well as more advanced students. You can book for one day or the two. If your not sure just ping me an email and I will answer as soon as I see it or give me a call on 01553 762115 If I do not answer leave a message and I will call you back.

Don’t forget that next week is Alex Waylett on Monday and Tuesday and it is Festival of Quilts week too. So exciting.

Take care everyone.

Anita

 


July 18, 2021
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Moving Forward

Well the thing is still not resolved but we are moving forward with it now. Thanks to a lovely lady at Open Reach we appear to have found a way to get the fibre into the studio at last. Mind you we are not sure how long it will take so please bare with as they say. Once it is resolved we will sort out the monthly challenges once again and put our live instructions on a weekly basis if not even more than once a week. We will see how we can progress.

With the lifting of the restrictions we can now look forward to moving around with care but attending fairs and shows. This is exciting. Of course I do plan on taking a mask with me everywhere and if it is busy will wear it.

Our first outing is at on Saturday 24th July – The Friends of St Andrew’s Church Little Massingham – FOSALM.org will launch their new Charity with an Art and Crafts Exhibition. 

On sale will be paintings, sketches, cards, textiles, needlework and books about Norfolk. For sale, locally spun wool and spinning demonstrations will take place during the day. 
Whilst at the church stop for refreshments, buy a scrumptious cake from the cake stall or try your luck at the raffle. 
Join us at Little Massingham Church on Saturday 24th July 
Free entry from 11.30 until 3.30 pm.
The event will follow Covid-19 Government Guidelines
Not only will Eau Brink Studio be there Also Progression in Textiles will be exhibiting too. Sales table will also be available for many items for you to use for future projects.
On this note I would like to thank the ladies who attended our social Wednesday this last week who helped Ruth set up the kits, price and pack them into the bags and boxes ready for the weekend event.
EBS Retail

The shop is always moving around and adding more stock of many different items. This week we have added more fabrics and cutting mats.

The mats start at £12.00 for a 18 inch by 12 inch. Going up to £37.00 for the larger size of 36 inches by 24 inches.

These mats are double sided and excellent quality for the price. We do have others in stock too.

You will also be pleased no doubt to know that the Festive Season fabrics are arriving and some are already in stock. The seasonal items are all at the front of the shop behind the door as you entre.

Workshops

update on the workshops is as follows:

Experimental Wednesday on the 21st of this month as room for 4 more learners. We are working with foils this month. Learning to add them to exiting work and using stencils and screens to create new work.

Alex Waylett on the 26th and 27th of July has two spaces available at this time.

Jenny O’Leary on the 6th and 7th of August has room for more as we have had a number of cancellations due to people going on holiday or looking after family members so others can go on holiday.  Jenny and I have decided that we can split this into two one day workshops if you would prefer. So day one is working with papers and day two is working with fabrics.

To book just call Anita on 01553 762115 If I do not answer please leave a message and I will return your call. Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving your message. Or email me on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk so that I can send you the relevant information for booking. To see what we will be up to just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/

For one day it is £60.00 plus a small cost for materials to give to Jenny on the day.

I do love this workshop. Jenny is a great tutor and very generous with her time and materials too. You do learn a great deal about controlling the wax and the different ways you can use it.

Your support means a great deal to me especially through the difficult times and I thank you all for it.

To show you how much I do appreciate it I am planning a open day in December where you can come along for free and enjoy a drink and cakes whilst having a go at something new or rediscovering old skills. More on this after the summer.

Take care everyone

Anita

 

 

 

 

 


July 13, 2021
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The Next Steps

The next steps to get the fibre in the studio are not going as well as I would like. John has been onto Openreach and so far passed form one person to another without any results. This is not at all helpful when I want to get the videos out to you live as the quality will be far better and you can ask me questions as we stream. This is not the first battle we have had with them and we do tend to win in the end. I am told to be patient but it is very frustrating.

We are told the issue is that we have a fibre box in the house which means we cannot have one for the studio as Openreach only put one per address? I have questioned this where there are multiple homes or companies at one address. How do they all get connected? All I want is it extended to the studio. So far no answer to that one.

Oh well what have I been up to other than that?

Beside making items for the shop and bringing in more fabrics I have been making kits. I am aiming for people who want to learn to sew . This has come about from many people coming to the studio wanting to learn how to use their sewing machines to sew items for their homes and dressmaking. The first thing I usually get someone to make is a basic cushion, with a zip.  And this is the first kit. Of course I will still teach this at the studio if anyone wants help with it.

Fabrics and colours will vary from simple cottons to denim. Some will also have a bit of embroidery on the plan fabrics too.

Besides these and working on my own art for show I have been making up inspiration packs  with ideas on what to do with them.  Each pack has fabric, papers and threads with an ideas page in them. The are colour co-ordinated to help you with your ideas.

What workshops have we coming up?

Machine Appliqué with Ruth Holmes on the 22nd of July. A lovely day with Ruth getting us to  work with our machines to create postcard size Applique. For more information just follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/machine-applique-post-cards-with-ruth-holmes/

You do not have to make postcards out of the days work but they are lovely to send to friends and family. Like a little handmade gift.

 

 

We still have 2 spaces on Alex Waylett on the 26th and 27th of July. This is a Monday and Tuesday. More information can be found on https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/3d-mixed-media-tryptch-machine-embroidery/

I am really looking forward to this workshop as I have been taking photographs of the meadow and some of the flowers will work very well for this workshop.

 

Then in August we have Jenny O’Leary coming for two days of Batik creating landscapes as follows. Using the exciting art of batik – hot wax resist – on paper and tissue paper and using traditional and non traditional tools to create interesting marks and textures. We will then cut and tear the papers we make  to create collages, landscape being our inspiration. These will then be used as  our  starting point on day two to create work on cotton fabric. Having never used hot wax on tissue paper before this will be a new discovery for me and I am quite excited about the workshop.

To book just follow this link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/

Of course we still have our social Wednesdays and our Experimental Wednesdays to look forward to as well. To join us for the social Wednesdays this link will take you to the booking page https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday/2021-08-11/

This month we are playing with foils and the heat press for Exerimental Wednesday. Materials are included for this one but of course you are welcome to bring along any you have .

As we move out of our restrictions I have decided to keep them for the time being. So I ask you to still use the QR code to register when you arrive and to use the gels for your hands. I will also keep the numbers at a maximum of 10 as I like the interactions we get without too many people in the room at one time. We will be utilising the outside space more too. We did have a gazebo up attached to the studio where the patio will be going but unfortunately as expected it has blown down in the wind. Still it was a great space when up.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in the studio soon

Anita

 


July 6, 2021
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The Thing is Still Not Working

And it is driving me mad. We have been onto the powers that control our internet and have been told that we cannot have fibre in the studio. But we have it in the house so why not? We are being passed up the chain of command to find an answer to this mind boggling question.

In the mean time it looks like we have two options. The first is to abandon all live streaming…… Not really an option when I have spent so much resources on trying to get the thing to work. The second is to stream from the house… This may be the solution short term but the others in the house are not at all happy as it will interrupt their sport watching. Still, I do not have a problem with that.

I ask you to bear with me for a day or two more whilst I try and sort this out and then I will be live streaming or recording the videos until we can get the powers to be to organise the fibre in the studio.

With the announcement yesterday from our government it means we can go back to being fully functioning if we wish. I have quite gotten used to restricting numbers and space so may continue to work in this way. We will see. Though I will ask you to continue to scan in the QR code on entry and use the gels please.

Workshops

I have some spaces on the following workshops if you fancy them? The first in line is with Ruth Holmes working on machine applique post card size pieces. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/machine-applique-post-cards-with-ruth-holmes/

The we have a couple of spaces on Alex Waylett  this month making a 3d triptych piece https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/3d-mixed-media-tryptch-machine-embroidery/

And in august we have Jenny O’Leary coming for two days of fun with wax resists. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/

There are many more things going on of course just go to the website and look at the events pages the calendar has it all on and is regularly updated with new workshops as they are confirmed.

I am in negotiation with a card making tutor at the moment who is keen to start a group to meet regularly at Eau Brink Studio.

Once we are sure of what the plan is I will advertise it and put our the information as a stand along news letter.

 

We are also looking for a regular wool craft workshop. But so far I have not found a tutor to do this though many think it a great idea if I advertise their shops to buy the yarn from. So with that in mind when we find a tutor if they do not have a shop I will ask who they recommend and see if we can negotiate a deal of some sort from the shop.

 

If you have any ideas about workshops for the future please do let me know and I will see what I can do about getting new tutors in.

Setting aside the new tutors and the thing for now what have we been up to?

Plenty of course.

Melanie Missin has been here teaching us how to use Vilene’s to create a book and embellishments.

We first printed off our pictures onto the vilene which had been dyed using tea.

We added colour to our pages by painting various bonding fibres so that we could add layers and burnt back edges to create lovely books about our favourite things.

This was a lovely two day workshop with of course lots of cake and scones.

Ruth Holmes came and got us all hand stitching applique with surprising results.

I did a thing that was totally outside of my normal and am quite pleased with the results.

Using soft pinks and a mixture of hand and machine stitch created a little picture of a flower. Not sure what type of flower it is but I quite like it.

 

Progression

A few of us from the group visited Brancaster to take a look at the hall and we now have planned our exhibition to be held on the 14th and 15th August. Please do come along and say hello. We will have home made cakes and hot drinks too.

But before that we will be at Little Massingham Church on the 24th July from 11.30 to 3.30.  This is a joint effort with others to help with the fund raising for the church. If your in the area do come along and see us.

After that we will be exhibiting at Open Studios at the end of summer this year.

July Challenge

This months challenge is called Sun Seekers.

How you interpret this is up to you. For me I think of the flowers in the garden that follow the sun during the day and open and close at sun up and sun down.  There are many. But you may think of other things such as holidays, sunbathing, reptiles and other cold blooded animals who like to warm up in the sun. Anything goes and I am looking forward to seeing what you can produce.

I am aiming to get the live streams up and running in the next few days one way or another so I will let you know how I get on and we will catch up with the pocket that didn’t play properly as well as sun seekers flowers using soluble film.

Take Care

 

 


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