As the Weeks Fly By At Eau Brink Studio
As the weeks fly by at Eau Brink Studio I find myself enjoying the daily challenges more and more. Moving things around appears to be the norm now and I am getting pretty good at it.
Last week Zena came for the first time to teach card making and I was blown away with the cards that were produced. The ladies almost finished three cards in the time they were with Zena. They looked fabulous and very professional. Zena took them through each stage by firstly demonstrating and explaining why she used the products she used and what other products were on the market for them to try. We had planned for the second workshop to be in two weeks time but one of the ladies couldn’t attend so we moved it to this week. Friday 17th of September. This time Zena will be taking her learners through the steps of backgrounds using mixed media. If you fancy joining in or know someone who may like to join in just click on the date link.
Last week was full on for me. I enjoyed the live session on Tuesday evening and want to thank those of you who watched and spoke to me. This week I am going to show you a little bit about the Experimental Wednesday I have planned. Its all about the Lutradur again with a little added puffiness.
Then some colour and stitch needs to be added to this too. I will be making a small tiled piece which is a prelude to something I am working on for next years exhibitions.
Wednesday I hopped into the car and went up to the NEC to a trade show. It was not as big as before but some interesting things. I found some lovely kits to sell in the shop. When they arrive I will put them online too. They are aimed at beginners but so cute.
On Thursday I attended a workshop with Caroline Hyde Brown where we were weaving. But just just plain weaving we added flora and fauna which we foraged first. I was interested in how Caroline had managed to keep the added grasses and flowers in the weaving. The results were all varied as we all used different yarns and threads. As you know I couldn’t leave it as just woven and needed to put it under the sewing machine. Caroline had not tried this as she was concerned about how the machine would cope so we discussed the possibilities and when I returned home did put it through the Pfaff. I used a green variegated thread first with one of the stitches programmed into the machine then thought it needed more colour so went over it again with a deep red thread. I love the results and will be looking at using this for a 3d piece.
This picture is a before and after shot. The before is as it came home and unfinished. The after is the finished piece. One thing I was not happy about on bringing it home was the finished edge was too bulky for my liking so decided not to finish the other edge the traditional way but with the machine, I much prefer it. If you get the chance to do this with Caz do its great fun.
This week I am just as busy. Monday I am prepping for the going live and in the shop too. Ruth is joining me to help with admin. She is a star. Tuesday day time I am off to see Alex Waylett for a day of Indian Tiles. That will be fun. Wednesday is Experimental Wednesday so if you want to join in We only have two spaces I think left. And After Zena has been on Friday I am clearing off on a holiday for a week. The first one since moving up to Eau Brink.
Whilst I am away things will still be happening. The shop will still be open. Ruth will be in the studio on Wednesday as we have moved her workshops from Thursdays to Wednesdays. Ruth will be teaching a technique called Transfer and Stitch. Using the heat press you will be transferring colour and pictures onto fabric and stitching into them.
This is a technique I have been playing with for a number of years now. I am impatient and Ruth arrived at the studio many years ago with a heat press and asked what we could do with it. Well what a daft question. I have ever since that day put all sorts of things under it as I love how quick I get results. One of my favourite things is to get flora and fauna from the garden and using it to create shapes to stitch into. If you fancy having a go with Ruth then just book in or send me an email and I will book it for you.
What’s coming up?
On my return we have Anne Hellyer coming for a weekend. I have been looking forward to this workshop for some time now. We still have a couple of spaces if your interested .
Starting on Friday 1st October Progression in Textiles will be having their exhibition at Eau Brink Studio for Open Studio’s. We will be open for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October and then the 8th, 9th and 10 of October. The Exhibition will be up for the entire time from the 1st of October so if you want to come and take a look during other dates please do get in touch and I will make sure someone is available to show you around.
Just one more thing.
I took some items to Framing Art in Downham Market to be framed. There are rumours that they are either closing or moving as the building is up for sale. I of course asked the question and here is the response. No We are not moving or closing. We are selling the building but will remain here and open. We are developing the workshop area to include regular workshops and will still be framing your art. So there you go. We still have someone who can make our art look fabulous in its frames.