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September 15, 2020
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POWERTEX RETURNS

After a what seems a long time we have begun teaching Powertex once again. Our first learners were a lovely Husband and Wife team celebrating their wedding anniversary. Rather than going out for a meal they decided a workshop full of fun would create long lasting memories.

The day was a blast and they managed to complete several items including a jar, champagne glass and canvas.

We not only used many Powertex products which included the fabric hardener, easy varnish, pigments and Easy Structure but added acrylic paints and Scolabrush to the mix.  The results were amazing.

If your interested in a days workshop with Anita just email on [email protected] or call on 01553 762115. Of course you can also message through www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk and all social media.

 


September 6, 2020
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Jenny O’Leary visited Eau Brink Studio for a weekend of working with tissue paper, fabric, ink and wax.

The two days started with Jenny demonstrating how to use tissue paper and wax to create trees and then by taking the colour out and adding ink you can change your picture many times over.

Our first day was very inspiring and a little scary at first but once we got into the swing of it we had fun. To ensure everyone’s safety we wore our masks whilst getting up close for the demonstrating but took them off when sitting. As the cake and tea was flowing we layered and waxed our way through the day.

Once we finished with the colouring and waxing, Jenny demonstrated how to remove the wax to reveal the layers we had created.

Of course if you find you are not happy with the results Jenny explained we can just go over the piece again with more wax, colour and bleach to change the colour.

 

Once we had mastered how to use the wax and colours we  spent the second day layering on fabric. the results are amazing. Something I will definitely be continuing to work on.

 

Jenny was very patient with us all and encouraged us to go with our own instincts. The results as you can see are fantastic.

 

Jenny will be back with us next year for more fun and hopefully we will not have to wear our masks.

Looking forward to the next workshop which will be with Amanda Hislop on the 30th September and 1st October. Only 1 space left for this one.

 

 


August 29, 2020
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Eau Brink Studio Today

Eau Brink Studio today is a very different story from when we started our little enterprise.

Art Studio Kings LynnAt the beginning we were open for classes taught by other tutors with a varied workshop list.  I had plenty of time to spend making items and practising my own art and skills.

The studio was relatively tidy most of the time and the fabrics were all kept in lovely neat spaces.

As we progressed and time marched on I found that I was teaching more and more and we were attracting tutors from further afield.  This meant less time for me to work on my own practice and the studio was more often in a mess.

Today we are established as a studio for textile art and crafts. Many other tutors return yearly to teach from afar and new tutors are being introduced regularly too.

I have managed to claw back time to spend in the studio on my own work by creating a new group which I can be me and work on improving my own skills. It is a lovely group which we are keeping small so that we can all help and encourage each other to move our work on.

The studio still has days where it is a mess but mostly now it remains relatively tidy. Though at the time of writing this there is fabric everywhere.

So whats new?

Kits are new. Lots of them too. Many are aimed at beginners to textiles from making cushions to panels for a quilt. Some are still in the development stage and others are ready to packaging.

These kits will be added to the website shop and well as being sold in the physical shop at Long Sutton.

Next Years Programme

Next years programme is almost completed and is very exciting. In the next few days the calendar will be updated and the new workshops will be added.

Included are our regular tutors and some new ones such as Alex Waylett as well as Jenny O’leary.  All being well we will be able to have a big workshop each month along side our normal workshops.

Talking of normal workshops we are going to be expanding those too with a little help of one or two local tutors.

Exhibitions

Next years exhibitions are also in place now and we are looking forward to attending the Makers festival in Norwich in February, The NEC in March, Open Studios, Brancaster in August and Granchester. With a little bit of luck these will all go ahead.

Terms and Conditions

Our terms and conditions have been updated and now are added to the intake forms when booking. Once you have read them and ticked the agreed box your booking can continue. These include the Covid-19 and consent to photography too.

 


August 1, 2020
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Eau Brink Times

Eau Brink  Times can report that Eau Brink Studio is now fully open again. We really kicked off this weekend with a two day workshop with Alison Hulme.

An amazing two days of printing using Acrylic paints, Fabric medium and Brusho.

Everyone worked hard in the heat to create fabulous fabrics for later use. Luckily the ice creams arrived just on the second day just as we all needed a little pick me up.

Day one

Of this fantastic workshop at Eau Brink started with Alison discussing her technique for transferring colour and pattern onto fabric. This followed with a demonstration and advice on how to use the paints.

Throughout the day Alison kept us informed going with a number of instructions, and demonstrations along with a few anecdotes about her life and friends which had us laughing.

By the end of the first day we were all tired but very happy with our results.

Day two

Started with a bit of drama as the gazebo blew away in the wind but we still managed to get so much done with moving the outside tables into the shade as best we could.

Some of us made fabulous pinnies with the help of Alison of course but others preferred to buy a pinny and just print mountains of fabric for future use.

Many times throughout the the two days Alison made us laugh and it was a welcome change from all the sadness  that we have all had to contend with recently.

To see more of our pictures pop over to our facebook page and see what we truly got up to.

It is lovely to see the studio full of life again after so long of it being quiet and unused.

Small Holding News

Of course Eau Brink Times also covers the small holding news as I know many of want to keep up with whats happening to the wild life.

As many of you know we had to separate one of our female ducks from the others as she was in a terrible state due to an over amorous male. Not her mate either.

I can now report she is fully recovered with the exception of a few of her wing feathers which are growing back. She is very happy with her true mate in their new enclosure where she cannot be got at. Much to the other males disgust.

We have not had a visit from the fox for a week or two now so with a bit of luck it has given up or moved on.

The chickens are doing well and we have one who will not go into any of the houses for the night she roosts in the trees near the BBQ.

The sheep do not like this weather at all it is far too hot for them. So they spend a great deal of time under the trees keeping cool and running into the rain when it comes.

Mind you it does not stop them eating. The fruit trees are getting a bashing as they want the fruits to drop.

The bees are not doing so well with this constant weather change.

But they do have enough honey for themselves and we will of course let them keep it. However, I have explained to them it would be nice if they could just produce a little more to share with the humans.

Coming Up

Experimental Wednesdays are back on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to book in go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-4/2020-08-19/ for August. but if you follow this link it will take you to all bookings for other months too.

Dawns Gems is returning to us on the 22nd of August for the morning to get a little taster of her Diamond Art. Suitable for families. Ages from 3 years upwards. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/diamond-art-taster/

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop is now full.  Amanda Hislop’s workshop is filling fast with only 3 spaces available now. To book go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/amanda-hislop-paint-collage-and-stitch/

Progression in Textiles

We are happy to announce that we can go ahead with our exhibition in Grantchester Cambs CB3 9NQ on the 24th and 25th of October. From 10 am untill 4 pm each day. Entry is free and we will have refreshments available. The group has worked hard to produce work for this exhibition and are looking forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


July 15, 2020

Experimenting to Learn is the way I love to find out what works and what does not.

Experimental Wednesday is a day of experimenting with fabric, colour and stitch. This week at Eau Brink Studio, we are looking at what we can do with a cross stitch. Starting with making the stitch in different sizes and then seeing how we can change it to create something different but without changing the basic formula.

This may appear a strange thing to do but with Textile Art exploring and experimenting is the way to create the most amazing pieces.

As we work through the process failure is not a consideration. If something does not work out how you want it to then re-evaluate  look at the positives and see if it fits into the piece you are working on. If not keep it for another piece.

Cross Stitch Samples

As you can see from these pictures the Cross Stitch can be used for adding pattern to work, for filling in spaces and to create movement.

Would you consider using it for your work? This piece shows how it can be used for filling but still create movement.

At Experimental Wednesday we are going to be exploring stitch over the next few months. Looking at what we can do with them to change how they look.

Learning through trial. Looking at how we can change the stitch but keep it true to its basics. Also looking at changing the fabrics, threads, and using papers.

The emphasis is in “What if” this will change your thinking from “this is the way it should be done”.

Cross stitch can be changed in many ways and as you can see this square does not resemble the original stitch at all but it was still working from left to right and the crosses remain they are just no longer even.

I love the fluid effect it creates.

 

And this one shows you how you can use the stitch to create wholes and change the look of the fabric through working one complete stitch at a time and pulling the stitches tight so that the holes move the fabric.

By experimenting to learn you create your own style with your work and not have to rely on others techniques. Thus giving you freedom.

Add a Little Colour

When you put all these elements together and add a little dye you get amazing results.

This process is perfect for creating landscapes as well as pattern.

Interestingly some of the threads have not taken on the colour of the Procion dyes. This is will be  due to no mordant being used. I will work another sample and pre soak it before the dye bath to see how it changes again.


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Understanding My World can be a little tricky even for me.

I shall try and explain what I mean.

I like to plan things in advance and do have an excellent diary planner to help me with this. However, outside influences tend to get in the way of a perfect plan. That means re-evaluating each day, week or month. Normally not a real problem but with the Covid-19 situation it is a real challenge.

Gaining an understanding of my world in real terms is simple as I write it but in reality it is quite complicated at the moment.

Eau Brink Studio

Firstly I need to try and keep visitors to the studio safe. So hand gels, good soap, single use paper towels, aprons and gloves are all available. And have always been but now with larger quantities. Having to remind customers to use them gets very tedious but has to be done according to my insurance company.

The next thing is to reduce the numbers attending workshops. This raises difficulties with fully booked workshops as when I email the attendees I do not want to disappoint anyone and a decision has to be made. Do we cancel? Do we split it into two workshops? or do we offer full refund to anyone coming from another area which may or may not increase the risk of spreading the virus. This is one of the tricky problems that needs to be solved.

The most amazing thing about my world is the support I have from family, friends and support groups. Most people I meet want me to succeed in my work.  The studio is a happy creative space that has a positive vibe. Everyone who visits no matter in what capacity is friendly and wants to support others in the room.

Most of the feedback from others about my own art is pretty positive. Even if they do not understand it.

 

EBS Retail

My little shop is doing well now that the Emporium is open again. New stock is arriving daily so it will soon be full. The challenge of getting the stock in at the moment is suppliers working short staffed. Couriers working long hours trying to get our packages out to us and of course how it can be delivered safely. This means we have to be patient for delivery can be a little slower than we want.

Small Holding

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My world has been very up and down with the small holding. Our visiting fox has returned and is taking our girls again. Even one of our cockerels had a close call. I think it is a case of watching and waiting to catch it. On a much happier note we have hatched two ducks and have chicken eggs in the incubator so fingers crossed.

The outside space will be used for workshops more and more now. We will be erecting covered areas to work in as year progresses. Some temporary and maybe one or two more permanent.

On the whole my world is looking fabulous and no matter what is happening in the wider world I will keep on sewing and creating.

 

 

 


June 26, 2020
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And sew it begins again at Eau Brink Studio.  The workshops are going live again and we already have a waiting list for some as we have had to reduce the numbers for safety.

Workshops

princessWorkshops we have already gone live  are the Diamond Art on the 4th July and Alison Hulme on 30th and 31st July which I have to say has 1 space remaining. So if you want to book get it booked quickly as I cannot increase the numbers. Happy to take details if you want to be informed of any cancellations though. One to one sewing lessons are also beginning in July including sewing machine tutorials  for small groups.

Retail

I am happy to report that my lovely Pfaff has been in the shop and returned so that I can now sew without it snagging and chugging along. It purrs again.  This means that the sewing begins again with earnest. It was only in the shop for a week but I did miss it.

It has meant that whilst the Pfaff was not working well and went to be serviced I have had time to work on the kits again for free motion embroidery. Not long now and we can get them in the shop with the others.

The shop is doing better than I thought it would already. It was a good idea to move it into another unit. Now I have more room and can buy more fabrics too. I have increased the haberdashery area and will continue to do so as time goes on. One new item is a rotating cutting board which I love.  How on earth I have managed all these years without one I just do not know. If you want more information on these just pop over to my YouTube channel and you will see a little demonstration on them.

Progression

After many weeks of meeting on video calls we are now able to meet in person again and our first meeting will be on the 1st July. Though we have decided to keep the video calls available during our physical meetings for anyone who cannot make it and wants to pop in. A new way of working so we can all be involved at all times.

It is looking increasingly probable that we can have our Granchester exhibition after all. So now we are working hard to get this organised and for us to begin sewing specifically for exhibition again. You would think we have been sewing away during our enforced quarantine but the reality has been been very different. Trying to get materials has been an issue, but the biggest has been motivation. It is easier to work towards a goal than to work in the hope of having a end goal.

We are already planning next years exhibitions so watch this space.

Smallholding

What have our animals been up to? Well as some of you are aware we have had a fox visiting and it has devastated our chickens. so a lovely man has been and put up rags of foul smelling fox deterrent and so far it has worked. Our girls are more settled again and the new boys are happy with their houses. Though they do keep trying to encourage each others girls into their houses. This can cause a huge amount of jealousy between them and a few spats that goes with the territory.  Our plan is to hatch more eggs in the incubator as the poor girls have been unsuccessful due to the fox visits. Crows and Magpies are also a problem as they go into the houses and pinch the eggs.

On the upside we have managed to hatch out 2 duck so far this year and they are doing well. Hopefully more to come. We will build them a new home for when they can go outside and encourage mum into the enclosure with them. With a bit a luck she will look after them and show them the ropes of duck life. Also she will get a rest from being constantly harassed from the males who do not leave her alone and she is looking a bit worse for wear now.

The moorhens has hatched out two broods without any issues and any crow or magpie that goes anywhere near them gets chased off. Feisty little birds.

The sheep are finding this hot weather too much and spend a lot of time in the cool under the trees. Even though we have had them sheared they are still too hot. Mind you it does not stop them from pinching the chicken food if they get the chance.  When it rains they just stand in the middle of their paddock getting drenched. But they do not like the thunder storms. They go into their shelter when they are about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



.  We are Opening again on Saturday 4th July for our first Post Covid-19 workshop at Eau Brink Studio.

This workshop is a little different to our usual line up.

Diamond Art Taster Day by Dawns Gems is a two hour taster class. Dawn will provide kits for all the family to try their hand at Diamond art. Dawn will be with us for a morning class commencing at 10 am. And then an afternoon class commencing at 2pm.

Our class numbers will be a maximum of 10 at this moment in time. However, if we are able to increase them nearer the time we will do.

It will be even better if we can move it to outside but that will of course depend on the weather.

So What is this Diamond Art then?

Diamond Art is a craft that includes a pre printed picture with glue already on it ready for you to place small coloured crystals in place. Once the picture is completed you can frame it before hanging it in your home.

Each kit comes with a stylus to help you pick up the diamonds and a small amount of putty to help them stick to the stylus before placing onto the picture or household item.

Dawns Gems keeps a good stock of items for all budgets. Dawn likes to keep up with the current new items being brought out by her suppliers which means her stock is changing all the time to keep you busy.

Keeping Safe While we are open again.

During this uncertain time we are living in we are asking visitors to the studio to keep to some new rules. I am sure you all know what I am going to ask of you but I have to ensure you are aware.

Please do wash your hand at regular intervals throughout your time in the studio. To ensure your safety I have installed a new soap dispenser with foam antibacterial soap in it. We already use paper towels and I have some hand gel by the door too use on the way in and on the way out.

There are disposable gloves and aprons available but no fabric aprons. Of course you can bring your own to use.

You can if you feel you want to use your own face masks or face visors or shields.

Please be considerate to others when coming in and out of the studio keeping your distance.  If you need any help with your equipment I can help you unload your car and will wear gloves to do so. Please let me know if you will need any help at the time of booking. If you are unsure please do call or email before booking.

When in the studio we will only have up to 10 persons at any one time until we are told we can increase the numbers but sometimes I may limit the numbers to 6 or 8 depending on what we are working on.  With this in mind I do need you to book in through the booking system so I can monitor numbers.

I ask you to place all cups, glasses, plates and cutlery into the dishwasher once you have finished with it. That way I can just put it on when the class has finished.

The Tables will be covered with a disposable covering which will be changed between classes.

And Finally

It is important that to me that you enjoy your time at Eau Brink Studio once we open again, so please do let me know if we can help you in any way before, during and after a workshop.

 

 

 


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Here we are in Week 11 and the Lockdown is beginning to slowly move towards freedom.

But not for me at Eau Brink Studio just yet. I am staying closed until July at the earliest. This is due to myself and many of my friends and customers being in the vulnerable category.  This does not mean that I am not working though.

The Studio

The studio has has a thorough cleaning  and a new soap dispenser has been installed as well as a dispenser for the gloves and aprons. The funny thing about that is I spent the first week of this happening looking for the box of open medium gloves and could not for the life of me work out where I had put them. The the dispenser is by the toilet door which I have walked pass it several times. I have removed the fabric aprons so you need to bring along your own apron to wear or it will be a  plastic disposable apron.

I am currently working towards a new programme of events to structure the regular workshops. One I am hoping to introduce is Dawns Gems. Dawn teaches Diamond Art and provides kits for all ages and abilities.

Diamond art is a fascinatingly addictive art where you stick little coloured diamonds to a base that already is prepared with the glue and colour numbers. It is very popular because you can make anything from small to large pictures, clocks, books and other smaller items. Just perfect for you during week 11 if you have no gardening or sewing to do.

As many of your know John does like to help us out where he can and he has been looking at sharpening my rotary cutting blades as they are expensive and the sharpener that is available is very expensive especially if you do not use your cutter that often. With this in mind he has been sharpening my blades for me. And is keeping an eye on how many times he can do this before we have to replace the blade.

EBS Retail

 Is currently moving from beside the tea room to a larger shop next door in The Emporium. Two reasons for this are its is a better shop and it means we can expand the tea room ready for opening and social distancing .  I have already been in touch with a number of fabric suppliers, I will increase the haberdashery supplies and will be adding quilting supplies too.  Of course I will still be selling my hand made items along with the items to raise funds for Progression where the members are making items to sell.

I have also engaged a photographer to take real pictures of the stock which can be used on all social media and on line shopping. I am really looking forward to seeing the results. Especially as I am fully aware the only nice picture I have taken is the one of the peg bags hanging on my washing line.

Progression

We continue to meet regularly during lockdown virtually. It is lovely to see everyone but I for one cannot wait for when we can meet in person again. 11 weeks is a long time to not see your friends. We have been working on our exhibition items as well as books to show how we are feeling during this period of our lives. These books will be displayed at our Granchester exhibition if we are permitted to go ahead with it. We also work on a postcard over a two week period and they will be displayed also during the exhibitions.

Small Holding News

11 Weeks of looking after our lovely animals has also been a little challenging.  The lack of rain has meant that the grass is not growing and trying to get hay for the sheep at the beginning was a huge problem. Although they do have sheep nuts too again getting the feed for them was problematic. The same for the birds getting their pellets became something of a mission. I fail to understand why everyone ran out of everything. Now though its not so bad at the big suppliers.

The sheep have been extremely naughty by spreading they hay around instead of eating it. Which the chickens seam to enjoy sitting in. Also they have been escaping by jumping on the fencing until it breaks and then the chickens follow them out. I appears to me to be a collaboration with the sheep being the muscle and the chickens reaping the rewards.

The result of all this escaping is they have eaten my strawberry plants, tomato plants and the few flowers we had. So back to square one.

Bertie and Gertie are once again trying to nest but have no idea how to keep their eggs safe. When they remember to sit on the nest they forget to sit on the egg. Resulting in the crows and magpies pinching the eggs. It is their first year so maybe next year they will have learnt. We did try to put some in the incubator but they did not hatch.

The moor hens have hatched one brood and are now sitting on another clutch of eggs. So they are doing very well.

Stay Safe

Anita

 

 

 

 



The 10th Week of the Covid-19 lock down has started with a Bank Holiday.And it is a lovely sunny Monday just right for working in the garden and planning the future.

EBS Retail

The shop is being moved from beside the tea room to a larger space at the Emporium. This is in readiness to become a agent for The Quilted Bear company and stocking their items.

Also we are working to stock fabrics of various types including Lewis and Irene fabrics amongst others. A staple fabric is Calico at 60 inches wide as well as a good cotton.

This picture is from Lewis and Irene Humming bird collection. The aim is to purchase one collection at a time to build up stocks and see what customers like. The only problem is I will want to keep it all.

 

Eau Brink Studio

I have spent many hours planning what to do with the opening of the studio after what seems like an endless break. And I feel that we need to have an open day full of cake and tea. Just to chat and meet again before we get back to the real business of making fabulous art and of course making a mess.I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new again as it has been 10 weeks and counting.

Depending on what the Government say on Thursday we could be opening again for July. That will take us up to week 15 which will be a good break for safety precautions. My intention is to open on Monday 6th July all being well.

Keep an eye out for social media confirmation for this date as well as further emails.

Progression

Our fortnightly Zoom meetings are a huge success. We love getting together and chatting as well as showing what we have been up to. This has kept us inspired and working towards our goals.We are hopeful that our last exhibition will still be able to take place at Granchester . With this in mind we are planning what we can do to make sure it is a success. To keep up to date with out news just pop over to our Facebook page and check us out. I

And Finally

And finally the 10th week has found me looking around the website for Eau Brink Studio and discussed with my techy guys what we can do to improve it. So over the coming weeks you should see some changes being made.

Also Amazon Handmade is being up dated too and we will have some fabulous new pictures to use for all our on line presence. Including our shop on the website and social media. Can’t wait to see them when they are ready.

Take care of yourselves

Anita