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November 17, 2020
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Half Way into 2nd Lockdown

So here we are again and now half way through. How are you all feeling? Keeping busy is key for me as it is easy to slip into bad habits and poor health.

With this in mind I make a point of getting up early still and working on my admin before the day really begins. Evenings are spent sewing my own work. To continue to develop and evolve so whilst the boys watch sports I can sew happily in my studio.

We are working hard at moving the shop around and making new stock for it such as new bags and Christmas decorations which will be added onto the online shop very soon. 2021 is now planned and the website will be updated over the next few days.

 

 

2021

So  Every alternative Wednesday we have Social Wednesday. From 10 am till 4 pm you are welcome to join us for a day of chatter and sewing. Of course there will be cake to go with the hot drinks. This day will only cost £10.00 unless you purchase materials from the studio.

Just bring along your stitching and machine if you want to use it and your lunch. All machines must be PAT tested. If this is a problem John will PAT test it for you for a small fee.

To book in just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday/  Our first one is on the 9th December if we are out of lockdown.  Not 2021 but near enough to get  going.

Every third Wednesday we will continue with Experimental Wednesday as it is a great day of experimenting and moving our own practice on or in different directions.

Visiting Artists

We have booked in a number of visiting artists and we are slowly getting them on the system. Of course it is difficult as we do not know what will happen so I am planning as if we can have a normal life again. Though I think it may be a very different normal to what we are used to. Not all of our visiting artist are will us for two days many are one day workshops and we have quite a varied programme planned for the year.

PAT Testing Days

On the second Wednesday of every month John will be around if you want to have your machines or equipment tested. The charge is £2.50 per item or three items for £5.00. John will also change plugs if need be for a additional cost of £1. per plug.

Progression in Textiles

We are working hard to complete items for exhibition in the new year hopefully starting at the Norfolk Makers Festival in Norwich. It will be a little different next year depending on the restrictions that may be imposed but at least we hopefully will have a great exhibition for you to visit. Some items will be available for sale through contact with the artist.

Our full programme will be uploaded to our Facebook page by the end of November. And onto the Eau Brink Studio Website.

Smallholding News

We are on the look out for a Ram for our girls. A Lincoln Longwool ram so we can have lambs in the spring. the problem we have is Johns mobility is limited and he is not able to fix the trailer on his own so we cannot collect a ram it needs to be delivered. We have put out a plea on Facebook but so far nobody has responded. It may be that I try and help John with fixing the trailer but the gates and back are very heavy and need to come off for repair. Fingers crossed someone can deliver a ram for the girls.

Our fox issue continues but we have outsmarted it for the time being by penning in one house of birds. It looks like we may be doing the same for the rest. such a bind for them but its the only way to keep them safe.

The geese are happy with the ducks flapping around on the pond when the fox visits so there is not a problem for them.

Our puppies are growing daily and growing naughtier daily too. so funny to watch them. Though somethings are not going to be forgiven like wrecking my spinning wheel.

The girls are almost housetrained. One still has not learnt how to hold it for more than 3 hours all the time but she is getting there. They have learnt to sit by the door if they want to got out but do not bark. Though they will run to us and run back to the door sometimes. So daily improvements. Their next challenge is to get used to being in the car. They both get very frightened and need lots of reassurance at the moment.

Stay Safe Everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 5, 2020
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ANOTHER LOCKDOWN

How fed up are we now ? Another Lockdown to make life a bit more challenging. Luckily at Eau Brink Studio teaching can continue as we are educational. But of course the café and my physical shop are now closed.

EBS Retail

Although the physical shop is closed for the next four weeks that does not mean that all work has stopped. We are planning a big clean and revamp. we hope to add a new ceiling to help keep it warm and the fabrics will be taken off the rolls and put on flat cores so it is easier for you to see them. Also it is easier for me to cut them too. We have many fabrics in now all natural fibres such as linen and cotton. I am hoping to get some Linen Hemp too.

You can still order from my website and I have asked the techy guys if they can add click and collect onto the shipping section so that you can either collect from the studio in King’s Lynn or from EBS Retail in Long Sutton. Until that can be completed you can email me or message me with your needs and we can sort it out from there.

Progression in Textiles

Our monthly meetings are always informative and friendly. This month we took care of business quite quickly and then spent time looking at each others work and helping each other over our difficulties. The work being produced is amazing. We cannot wait for our first exhibition in 2021. Hopefully we can continue without any  further interruptions.

Our first is planned for February in The Forum in Norwich, Then in March the NEC. During the year of 2021 we have planned to exhibit in Norwich, NEC, Granchester, Brancaster, Wells, and King’s Lynn. We will run competitions and hopefully have sales tables too. Maybe a little make and take if all the restrictions are lifted and life can get back to some sort of normal. For more information please go to our facebook page and like it so you can keep up to date with what we are up to.

Eau Brink Studio

The studio is open for our regular workshops such as Experimental Wednesday. Numbers are limited and booking must be through the booking site. Sadly  There will be no visiting artists until next year if all restrictions are removed. Kids club is still happening every other Thursday evening until the end of the school year. Next year they are running during the school term times.

4 weeks of lockdown may seem a long time but I bet it goes quickly. I have loads of work to be getting on with such as finishing work for the planned exhibitions next year and restocking my shop. This means the studio may get a little messy some times but that is half the fun of working with textiles, paint, paper and inks. Not to mention dyes too.

This year I have been amazed at the level of support I have received from family, friends, customers, acquaintances and people I have never met. You are all amazing.

I feel I am so lucky to have you all in my life.

Small Holding

So what are we up to in the animal world then?

Of course many of you are aware we have two new puppies. Who are settling in well but still have their frightened moments.

Luna and Lucy are rescued dogs who were found by the side of the road with the entire litter. They were the only two alive. I didn’t intend to have two dogs but when I was told of their beginning in life I could not separate them.

As they grow and get braver they get naughtier of course. It is very hard to tell them off though.

They have been to the groomers for their first pamper with us and coped very well. They are not happy with car journeys yet but it is early days.

You will see them if you visit the studio as they are now getting used to being in the with me. They will stick their noses in your bags, climb up on your knee for a little lovin and run off with your threads.

The fox is still visiting and we are still trying to keep it away but I think the time is coming to try and trap it. I have called in the pest control and hopefully they can stop the chicken population from further devastation.

The sheep are not at all bothered by any of what is going on so long as they have food. And can push over the fences as they find that fun.

For now we are just looking after everyone and preparing for the winter months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 24, 2020
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October at Eau Brink Studio has been very busy. Even living with the continued threat of lockdown we are keeping our spirits up.

Visiting Artists

We started the  month with Amanda Hislop finishing her workshop with us on the 1st.

It was an excellent two days of working with very small pieces to depict a landscape shoreline. This piece is by one of our learners which she has made into a concertina book. Amanda will be returning to us in April and already we only have two spaces available.

If your wanting to join us just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/line-colour-texture-in-landscape-exploring-concertina-books/2021-04-24/

 

After this workshop we were enthusiastic and loved the idea of working with smaller pieces to create a larger piece of art or a book.

The next visiting artist was Rachel Collier-Wilson who taught us how to drawer using a dip pen and ink. The results were amazing and we got to grips with the pens a lot quicker than we all thought. Rachel is an excellent tutor and encouraged us all to try and work freely which is harder than you think. Practice is needed. But when you have a fabulous pen and ink it is much more fun.

Using it to shade your work is a little tricky until you get  used to it of course.

Rachel will be returning to us on November 28th to teach us how to make lino prints. This workshop will be live on the website in the coming week.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/.

Next Years Programme

Next years programme is coming together nicely and the website is being updated at regular intervals. I was hoping to get it finished by the end of October but am a little behind. You never know I may get it there before November. Not only are we organising visiting artists for most months, Ruth Holmes is going to be teaching regular workshops throughout the year. Some for half a day and others for the entire day. That means much more cake to consume.

During the school term time Anita has started an art club for 11yrs upwards. This started this week with two lovely young ladies who are keen to learn how to move their art forward using different media. They are practicing drawing with their entire arm to free up their work. This is every other Thursday so Twice a month. Numbers will be kept at 8  children to ensure each learner is given the help they need as well as safe with the current guidelines. Materials are provided as well as hot chocolate and cake.

Progression in Textiles

Unfortunately we have had to put on hold our exhibition at Granchester this month and differed it to next year.

This does not mean we just sitting and chatting at our meetings. We are all working hard on next years exhibitions. A great deal of planning and organisation is involved. All members are working towards us having a great year showing off our makes. These include works of art to hang and 3d work. Where permitted we will also include make and take when possible due to current restrictions being lifted.

We are hopeful that our year will commence at the Forum in February with the Makers Festival.

EBS Retail

The shop is doing well at the Long Sutton Emporium. Lots of new fabrics in stock and little kits for stocking fillers. Yes it is that time of the year when we look for gifts for the coming season. I have installed a small heater to keep the shop from getting too cold. The aim of having this shop was to enable me to cease attending lots of shows and fairs over the year. Although I have achieved this I do miss the fairs. But I am booked into NEC in March so hopefully will see some old friends and new if it goes ahead. I will be running a competition for this where the winner will be able to pick up their winnings from my stand. Details to follow.

Smallholding

We have once again been visited by the fox. Poor cockerel is no longer with us. With this problem returning we have our new puppies who are in training to protect our livestock. Unfortunately the livestock are not impressed at the moment but then the girls are very small. Once fully grown the fox family will not dare to visit our lovely girls and handsome chaps again. We do have 4 chicks under the lamp and we think one is a cockerel. They still have some growing to do so are very safe in their current home. We also have some rehoming hens arriving next month so will encourage the dogs to patrol the perimeters during their walks to hopefully deter any fox coming into the premises.

We are now looking for a very nice boyfriend to service our lovely Lincoln Longwool sheep. Over the next week or two the girls will be fully occupied for a few weeks. I love seeing lambs in the spring and really did miss them this year. We tend to do this during the end of October as it delays the birthing to after the show animals are born. Just in case we need a vet to attend we will miss the busy season.

This little princess is now fully grown and it will be her first time introduced to ram. I am sure she will behave like a lady.

Wednesdays I am in my studio either teaching, supporting or just sewing. On the two Wednesdays when there is not a workshop on you are welcome to pop in for tea and cake. Visitors are always welcome at Eau Brink Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


September 27, 2020
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EAU BRINK NEWS

Covid-19 Update

Well we have still to contend with the Covid-19 problems but luckily as we are a educational studio we can stay open for the time being. Which is good news. Though we do have to adhere to a number of rules to stay safe.

The first is track and trace.

This is not really a issue as we do have a great booking system and can notify anyone if need be. However, we now have to use the new App so if you have not yet downloaded it onto your mobiles please do. Here is the link for you to use https://www.google.co.uk/aclk?sa=L&ai=DChcSEwiCldfm7YjsAhVS5u0KHcLTACIYABAAGgJkZw&ae=2&sig=AOD64_2BLM87m_0qqctzVuzaMp-SLZ7Qyg&authuser=1&q&adurl&ved=2ahUKEwis8M_m7YjsAhVOXRUIHevEAbcQ0Qx6BAgNEAE

Once downloaded onto your phone you can then walk into many businesses and just scan the QRcode which is the square one and it will then let you know if anyone on that given day has reported in as positive.

I have this system in the studio now but if you have not got the app I will have to ask you each day to complete a form which is kept for 21 days before being destroyed.

The next is PPE.

Of course I have the gloves and disposable aprons for you to use but I must ask you to bring along your masks or visors if you are booking onto any workshop until we are informed this is not required anymore. The masks are to be work just during demonstrations as you are near other students. Once sitting at your table you do not need to were them unless of course you want to.

Then Hand hygiene.

There is hand gel by the door for your use as you enter and leave the studio. Also by the sinks and of course in the toilet. Though I am of the view that good old fashioned hand washing is best to stop spreading infections. So you can wash your hands as often as you like. Paper towels are used at all times.

Great News on the puppy front.

On Friday 2nd October we will be collecting two puppies who were found on the side of a road where they had been dumped. Sadly the rest of the litter did not make it. Although we initially only wanted one dog I could not separate these two sisters.

We do not think they are a year old yet and we also think they will grow to be about the same size as our last dog Marlow.

They will be encouraged to love being with people and hopefully will settle very quickly into our lovely home. Not sure what the geese will think of them but I am sure they will get used to each other. Mr and Mrs Fox watch out and stay away.

Progression In Textiles

Unfortunately we have have to move our Granchester exhibition to next year. This means we have more time to prepare for the whole year in advance. So watch out for the announcements in social media.

Our first outing will be at Norwich for the Makers Festival if it goes ahead in February.

Our next meeting is on the 7th October.

Coming up

Our next workshop is this coming week with Amanda Hislop. We are fully booked with a waiting list. Two days of learning how Amanda creates seascapes using free motion embroidery.

Really looking forward to this one.

October brings us two workshops.

Warm Colours, Fallen Leaves: Autumnal Machine Embroidery Landscape with Noleen Salmon.

Suitable for all abilities including beginners. We only have 4 spaces available now for this two day workshop.

For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/warm-colours-fallen-leaves-autumnal-machine-embroidery-landscape/2020-10-10/

Pen and Ink workshop

Pen and Ink workshop with Rachel Collier-Wilson. This is a first for Eau Brink Studio. I first met Rachel at a craft fair and her work is fabulous. This workshop is for all abilities and includes a basic kit.

You do not need to be able to draw for this workshop as you can use other ways to transfer you picture before using the pen and ink.

Limited space available now so if your thinking of booking just follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/pen-and-ink-workshop/

Powertex

Powertex has returned to Eau Brink Studio as I have received many requests for it. If you want to have a go just give me a call on 01553 762115 or email me on [email protected] and we will organise a workshop for you. I am not putting on regular monthly events at the moment it is one to one or your small group.

Shop – EBS Retail

If you have  not already visited my shop in Long Sutton but are wondering what goodies I have then take a look at the online shop. I am updating it frequently. However, I cannot put all the fabrics on it as they are end of lines and once sold there is not more. The fabrics I buy in are all either cotton, linen or a mix of the two except for linings and some of the denim is stretch.

The shop address is The Long Sutton Emporium, 59 Wisbech Road, Long Sutton PE12 9AQ. It is in the big barn behind MacDonalds on the A17. So you can also look at the other shops in there as well as visit the Cafe if you fancy some cake or lunch.

Small holding

Our animals are doing well at the moment. We plan a handsome boyfriend to visit the girls and hopefully we will have lambs in the spring.

The chickens are recovering from the fox visits and are more settled now. We have 4 chicks under the lamp at the moment and plan to put more eggs in the incubator this week.

The dominant Drake is still being a pest with one of the girls so she is still locked away from him with her mate. We tried to let her out but he just ran straight at her and cornered her. Luckily the geese where having none of it and dragged him off. Sadly it looks like we cannot let her out while he is around.

The Heron has given up trying to eat all the fish because a cormorant has tried to move in. We are chasing him or her off daily at the moment.

Estra our parrot has been moved from the small lounge into our hallway and is much happier chatting to everyone who visits the house. Thats a lot a chatter as our Airbnb rooms are fully booked for a while.

Thank you all for your support.

Stay Safe

 

 

 


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.


July 5, 2020
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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

Great Lake
Lovely Red Hot Pokers

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.