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April 11, 2020
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Keeping Going at Eau Brink Studio during our confinement.

What does that mean?

It is easy to sit around and worry about what is going to happen. Watching the the news does not help at all as I find it all very depressing. I would prefer it if they told us about the good things. Such as how many people have recovered from this dreadful illness.

Now I find I do not watch the news anymore. Nor do I respond to anything negative on my social media feeds. Eau Brink Studio is looking to the future. And that means a huge clear out of items not used or not likely to be used.

Fabric stash first.

Looking at it all has made me realise I do not use most of it. So the outcome is to use it up over the next few weeks and I will post on Social media what I make with it all.  What on earth can it all be used for? We will see what transpires. At the  moment I am using some of it to make fabric bowls. Sitting in my garden outside the studio. This is helping me stay focused and keeping the studio going.

My favourite fabrics are 100% cotton and hemp. Old hemp is far better in my opinion but can be equally expensive.

Were you aware that Hemp was part of our heritage? It was important for textile, paper, rope and oil production. Indeed, hemp was so important in England in the sixteenth century that King Henry VIII passed an Act of Parliament which fined farmers who failed to grow the crop. … Hemp, as a fibre crop is like flax (which is used to make linen).

It is returning but not to the same degree unfortunately. What a great way to restart another of our industries by producing affordable hemp fabric in the UK.

Alison HulmeI like plan fabrics that I can print on or dye. That way I am in full control of my work and not working around others colours and patterns. And one of my favourite workshops is with Alison Hulme who visits once a year to help me and others to do just that. Print all we can for two days. So far we have kept Alison’s workshop open as we are hoping the restrictions are lifted by the end of July.

Keeping Going means with a bit of luck we may be able to open by the end of June and we can then plan to bring back the delayed workshops. It will be a welcome change to meet friends again. Eat cake and discuss textiles, art and crafts. Something to look forward to.

 

 

 

 

 


April 1, 2020

Confinement at Eau Brink Studio.

Confinement means different things to us all and for me I considered myself very hard done to at first. But now I realise how lucky I am to have a large space to wonder around in as well as a studio to retreat to.

Gelli Plate Printing Part 1I am like many of you using this time to catch up on things and the first item on my list is the YouTube Channel.

I have spent many hours confined in the studio recording videos and learning how to edit them with my sons help to upload onto the YouTube channel.  So far I have put out two on Gelli Plate Printing. One of my pet hates when using any media is pop up adverts or adverts at the beginning and end of a video. with this in mind I can assure you there are none on mine.

Gelli Plate printing 1 is a basic demonstration and Gelli Plate printing 2 is a little more advanced. I demonstrate how to get layers  of prints and a key point to ensure it works. Number 3 is due out next week and is transferring pictures from magazines and your own printed pictures. If your planning to have a go at this one you will need high gloss magazines and to change the settings on your printer.

Keeping Active

Keeping active during our enforced confinement means walking around my garden a few times. I do this with my son and we are working up to 10,000 steps a day. Trouble with this is as we have hit spring and the garden is coming to life I am seeing inspirations all over the place.

This tree is just opening its leaves and blossom buds are about to burst open. Taken late afternoon yesterday. My son will have to show me how to use another programme and edit this so I can use it for my work. Though I do sort of like it as it is.

 

Virtual Progression

ProgressionBeing confined at Eau Brink Studio has meant that we get to use all the technology at our disposal. The progression group are meeting virtually now. Still on the first Wednesday of the month our meeting continues online. This is very new to some of our members but they are embracing it. Keeping motivated is something that can be hard during isolation. Luckily we have ways of keeping in touch that previous generations did not have.

I am considering virtual workshops too but need to think about that a bit more as I need to consider how to do it and how to get people engaged too. My son has suggested it would be a good idea and then to record it as I go and put the recording onto YouTube too. So much to think about.

The website is bang up to date now. Thank you Ruth for your help. Though I have noticed that two links are not working so the Techy guys are on it. I am sure they can fix it quickly.

TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge 2020

Have you all joined in the TextileArtist community Stitch Challenge? I must admit I did get bored with my first weeks piece but stuck with it. This second week is making a post card sized piece. I will post it on my Facebook  page so you can see what I am up to. TextileArtist Community Stitch Challenge has a Facebook page so you can go and take a look at what everyone is up to.

This is my first weeks challenge and you can see why I got bored with it. Though I do like working Ermine stitch as you can use it in so many ways.

Stay Safe everyone and keep stitching.

 

 

 


March 27, 2020
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Gelli Plate Printing part 1

Yesterday I uploaded a new Video on my YouTube Channel for you. Just pop over to YouTube and search Eau Brink Studio and you will see Gilli Plate Printing part one.
Our Classes and workshops are predominately fabric and textile led. However the  majority of our classes can be adapted to work with paper and card too.
Every workshop on this channel is demonstrated by Anita O’Neill in real time.

Each video is approximately 15 minutes long to make it easy for you to follow each step.

The aim of the channel is to encourage you to try new forms of art and stitch.
If you like what you see and find you want more just book into Eau Brink Studio for a group workshop, join in a planned workshop or book a one to one with Anita for her full attention.

Gelli Plate Printing Part 1 is the first video on Gelli Plate Printing on my YouTube Channel.  This video shows you how to use your Gelli Plate to print onto fabric and paper. Filmed in real time making it easy to follow.

What comes after part 1?

Part 2 and 3 will be added over the next few days so make sure you keep an eye out for them.

Part 2 will show you how to layer up your colours and textures. We did touch on this in part one but there is so much more you can do with your Gelli plate.

Part 3 will show you how to transfer pictures from magazines and prints. This one make take a little longer as you have to get the right amount of paint onto the Gelli for this to work.

Getting a good print does take a bit of practice but it is worth it in the end. It also depends on the quality of paper and the original print.

 

 


March 23, 2020

March News at Eau Brink Studio is more positive than you may think.

As directed by the government Of course we have deferred many of our workshops, Yes we have closed our bricks and mortar shop for the time being.  And yes Anita has lost the majority of her income.

But looking on the positive side of things.

Anita has time to update her Youtube Channel. By this I mean that I will be adding content to it so that you can watch the videos and still have a go. Many of the videos will be short demonstrations in real time. Making it easy to follow them. The plan is to upload a series at a time which will concentrate on a specific subject or area to help your practice. I have no idea on how to do this but with a little help I am sure I will get the hang of it.

Each section will start with the basics and then grow into more complex practice. I do not have it all recorded as yet but as I go I will add more and more for you to dip into.

It will also be based on techniques I am currently using. So for example Gelli Plate printing. This will start with a small talk about the Gilli plates and what you can use them for. Then each video will follow on from the previous so that you can save a library of content specific to your practice.

All content will be useful for those of you who like to use textiles, paper and mixed media. I will at the beginning of each video let you know what the process is suitable for and if you need to add anything for fabric such as fabric medium.

Once I get the first videos onto YouTube I will send you the link or point you in the right direction for the link on the website.

The next new page

I am going to also add a page for Progression in Textiles group so that everyone can see the work and get updates on where the exhibitions are going to be held. So far we have found that the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios is not taking place but may be in the autumn. Also we wanted to exhibit at Wymondham but the venue is not opening this year. We are discussing having a virtual exhibition but no decision has yet been made. Progression in Textiles does have a Facebook page which shows some works and updates too.

 

Shop

Other March News is that  the online shops are being updated. Our Amazon shop also needs attention. It takes a great deal of time to keep items up to date. Not only do I have to make the item but I have to be specific when entering them onto the sites. Sometimes copying and pasting does not work which is a shame as it speeds thing up a great deal.

Work

The best part of all of this March News  is that I have time to concentrate on my own work practices too. And that is where I can link all of the above in my daily working schedule.

To do that I will encourage my son to film me working which is the content for YouTube. Finished items will either be added to the Progression in Textiles pages or onto the one line shops for sale. So it all should flow nicely.

I suspect the reality may be very different. Though I do have help with all the online work. Quickfire Digital designed and look after my website. So when I need help they are always there for me. I also have a administrator who is a godsend and working on most of the daily updates.

Keep safe

Anita


March 12, 2020

Safety First

We at Eau Brink Studio have always taken our Students and Clients safety first! This is no different going through the recent Coronavirus outbreak and seasonal flu. Current practises include regular hand washing and alcohol gel for those who have allergies or preference. We also clean appropriate equipment after every session using anti-bacterial wipes.

We are committed to taking further steps to keeping our studio community healthy and safe.

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Whats the current recommendations?

  • Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing.
  • Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

So whats the particulars about the Studios?

  • Well we always ask that you wash your hands or use the alcohol gel for basic hygiene anyways. We are now asking that this is done before and after class. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If this happens – just wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick or if you have recently been in a high risk country. Please note that our Cancellation Policy currently still applies. If in doubt always message Anita anyway.

Anita will continue to monitor updates on this topic. If you have any other questions or safety concerns please message us.

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus


March 8, 2020
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With the help of my new administrator we are getting back on track at Eau Brink Studio.

What does this mean?

The website appears to be back to working again, Thank you to the tech team for sorting it out.

We are getting the calendar up to date with workshops including those run by other agencies such as the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild..

There are two workshops available being organised by the guild. An Eco dye day and a workshop with Melanie Missin.

If you have booked onto any workshop and have not had an email confirming your booking please do get in touch as we are still trying to get it all up to date.

The next available workshop is the Gilli Plate day on 14th of March. Only three spaces available so book early.

Following the Gelli plate day we have the Experimental Wednesday on 18th March.

All our workshops start at 10 am and end at 4 pm.

Getting back on track has meant we have revisited all of the workshops and upgraded them.

Other News

What else is happening at Eau Brink?

First ever lamb born
Hello baby girl

This time last year we were monitoring our sheep getting ready to lamb. But this year we have rested them and I can confirm that I am missing the buzz. I will miss not having Lambs around this spring.

On the plus side we have had our geese laying eggs so maybe we will get goslings.

The ducks are reduced in numbers due to a fox visit which is very sad. The chickens are doing well and will be increasing in numbers as we have rescued about 30 birds and are preparing to move them this week. They will be in the same area as the sheep rather than with the others so that they can settle with out stressing the current residents.

So plenty to look forward to in the spring. Including preparing for exhibitions starting with the Open Studios.

Anita is also looking at becoming a Agent for a company selling haberdashery items especially for quilting. Of course she will continue with the Powertex too.

Looking forward to the new season.

 

 

 

 


March 4, 2020

A Blip has occurred in the Eau Brink Studio mailings.

I have no idea what has happened and I apologise for the confusion of readers receiving old news. I also have had an email dating from 2018.

Of course for readers who have signed up since it is good to catch up on what happened before you joined us.

So why has A Blip happened? I may be to other hardware being linked to the main computer and I am learning with the help of my son how to keep up with technology. Gives me brain ache to be  honest. But must keep up with it all.

What else is going on?

I have added new workshops to the website and more are going on so keep an eye out as we don’t want you to miss out.

This month we have Gelli Plate printing on Saturday 14th. A great day of printing on fabric and papers using acrylic paints and fabric medium.

Experimental Wednesday on The 18th. A day where you get to experiment with any medium. It is a day to try new things.

Also the Embroiderers Guild have a Mary McIntosh workshop on the 21st. For more information just email me on [email protected] and I will forward your email to Christine Booth.


December 5, 2019

 

Goodbye November I have no idea where you went but Hello December an exciting month where we get to spend a great deal of time with family and friends eating good food and drinking of course.

November was a very busy month that just flew by.

We were busy of course with fairs as well as workshops. The shop in the barn has been full, then items taken out for fairs and posting out to customers and then refilled again and now I need to refill again and I thought I had finished fairs this year but it turns out I have one more to attend. Also the school children have been having a blast making money boxes and painting as well as using air dried clay.

Goodbye November Hello December

December

Started off with the Makit fair in Solihul. A very long day but a fun day. Met loads of lovely customers and spent time chatting to visitors too. Thank you all for visiting my stall.

The school children are making their decorations now in preparation for the holidays and are very excited. Bouncing off the walls in fact.

Family Time

It is sometimes very difficult for families to get together on the big day so we decided to have a pre Christmas day and the family all came together to enjoy a fabulous dinner which left us very stuffed when we retired to the lounge to watch football. Yes I did give in and sort of watch it to. However I was very glad when it was over as I am not a football fan.  Now each family unit are free to go to other extended families and friends for the 25th and not have to let anyone down. It is a great way of spreading the happiness. I still feel stuffed as the dinner was huge.

On the 15th of the month I am at Norwich for the Norwich Creative Market at The Halls, St Andrews Plain, Norwich. I hope to see you there for more seasonal shopping.

For the rest of the month I will be socialising and attending my little shop at The Barn in Long Sutton.

The next workshop to be held at Eau Brink Studio is Sunday 22nd Creative Powertex, from 10 am. A lovely day to get away from the festive madness.

We at Eau Brink Studio Wish You all Seasons Good wishes and hope you all enjoy your celebrations what every you do. Keep safe and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

 

 

Merry Christmas

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 25, 2019
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End of November already?

How can it be the end of November already? I have been so busy the month has just gone.

So what have I been up to?

Back into the schools for fun with art and kids. So far we have managed to paint a great deal of paper, card, tables and children.  We have shaped air dried clay and sloshed paint onto that too. They appear to be enjoying it all.

 

New products

I have also attended a number of fairs this month which as usual are hard work but so much fun. I do love meeting new people. Only one more to go now and that is Makit fair in Solihul. Then I will be concentrating on other things.

 

The regular classes are going well but one or two could do with a bit more attendance or I may have to reconsider them in the new year.

The new Progression group is going from strength to strength. The work is amazing and I cannot wait to see the reactions of the visitors at the Forum in February.  We are also putting on a fringe event during makers month in February and will be in Open Studios too.  You can come and see our work that on progress, discarded as well as finished.

The other group I was asked to put on Socially Crafty may not continue into the new year but we will see. The next meeting is on Wednesday 11th December. 10 am till 4 pm. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/socially-crafty/2019-12-11/ the aim of this day is for you to come along and meet new people no matter what craft you like to do. Bring along your work and share your knowledge.

Retail

The shop EBS Retail in The Barn in Long Sutton is doing well and I am considering moving it into a bigger unit.  It is a shame I cannot have a shop here at the studio but the Council still say no.

The Amazon Handmade site is also doing well which is a relief as I did wonder if I have stretched myself too far but now that I am into a routine it is good. I also have found a great way to send parcels that does not cost a small fortune.

The downside to all this commerce is I do spend hours and hours making items for it which takes me away from what I really like to do. But a girl has to live.

Whats coming up?

This Wednesday the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild will be at Eau Brink sewing. This is one of their social days and you are all welcome to come along and see what goes on. Refreshments are available and the ladies are all very welcoming. Pop in any time from 0 am till pm.

At this moment the West Norfolk Artists are having an exhibition at St Nicolas Chapel in King’s Lynn, why not pop along and see all the fabulous work? I will be there as part of the group on Thursday 28th for the morning. Would be nice to see you.

Saturday is Makit at Solihul. Which will be fun. John will be there too offering PAT testing if you need it.

Looking forward next month

Anita

 

 


November 11, 2019

Time at Eau Brink Studio passes far too quickly.

Pin CushionsTime at Eau Brink Studio passes far too quickly for the amount of work I want to get through.  For example, I have been restocking the shop in The Barn with Christmas items as well as new 3D printed pin cushions.

 

The fair season is still upon us and of course I have to make items to sell at the craft fairs as well as making up packs for the trade fairs.

On top of these I send out items purchased through Amazon Handmade and the studio website.

Whew that sounds a lot before all the other day to day stuff.

This weekend I was asked if I really did enjoy my work and the unpredictability of it.

The honest answer to this question is yes and this is why.

Every day is very different from the previous day which I love. I get to meet loads people during my day even when in the studio on my own people call or pop in. (I think the cake helps with that)

It is hard work especially when a fair or show is looming and I need to make sure I have plenty to take and keep the shop stocked up. But that is part of the fun.

Income is very unpredictable some weeks good and some not so good. On the not so good weeks I do worry about it and at times I do find myself thinking how much easier it is to work for someone else but why would I want to restrict myself just for money?

So going back to the question Yes I love what I do and it is worth it.

News

I have been asked to start up a craft group in Eau Brink Studio where other crafters can meet. It is now live on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Called Socially Crafty  The cost is only £5. because your bring along your own crafts to make. Tea and coffee is provide with an honesty box. Socially Crafty runs from 10 am till 2 pm. Starting 13th November 2019.

As your aware we have had Peggy here teaching how to make fabulous baubles with beads. Unfortunately we have had to cancel the rest of the workshops due to ill health. It is hoped that Peggy can return in the future.

The orders for the Powertex are coming nicely and I would like to thank you all for the help and support so that I can become a stockist for Powertex. This has also sparked a renewed interest in the products especially the Translucent as it dries clear helping our textiles stand and shape.

Coming up

My next fair is the

Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair
Solihull Saturday 30th Nov 2019
Cranmore Park,
Solihull, West Midlands B90 4LF

I am also thinking about joining in one of the Christmas market days at King’s Lynn.