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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
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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 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.

 

 


October 18, 2019
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Now It Is Official

Now It Is Official. We are stockist for Powertex Uk.

I will be adding the stock to the website over the next few days but if you cannot wait you can always message me on [email protected]  or pop into The Barn in Long Sutton to see the shop.

If you would like me to bring products along to events also let me know.

Our next Fair is at Wymondham the Norfolk Makers event from Tuesday 22nd October to Sunday 3rd November. In the Arts Centre. Open daily.

 


October 10, 2019

This Week At Eau Brink Studio.

We have spent quite a bit of time at The Barn in Long Sutton. Out with the old and in with lots of new items.

The shop has had another move around too. It looks much nicer now. Take a look at https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/photos/rpp.269497663390302/974140412926020/?type=3&theater

Christmas Fairs.

The Christmas Fair season is almost upon us now. I cannot understand how we have got to Autumn already. So I am making items to sell at Wymondham which is at the end of this month, as well as other local fairs.

Do come and say hello if your in the area.

We will also be at the last Makit fair of this year which is one I have not yet manged to attend so thats  exciting.

Progression.

The new group is formed and we are full already. We are working towards our first exhibition in February as part of makers month. It is very exciting to meet the other members and see what they are all up to every month. We are working on improving our own practice in one area over the year so that visitors can see where our work takes us.

It is lovely to see what each member has accomplished since we last met. We also discus what is not going to plan and all members chip in with ideas to help move our work on.

Saturday 10 till 2.

Peggy will be at Eau Brink teaching her fabulous beaded decorations. This is the first of many planned and is aimed at beginners. However, if you fancy a refresher pop along to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/beading-decoration-workshop/

Peggy takes us through the process of using beads without a loom which gives a bit more freedom with the designs once your used to it. Only £20.00 including materials and refreshments but not lunch.

Eau Brink

At last the garden is getting its makeover. The hedge at the front has been trimmed so you can now see the house and the gate. Great for me as I now do not get attacked by brambles when going the front to fill up the bird feeders.

The big overgrown tree beside the studio has gone too. It was so huge I have plenty of logs to dry out for the fire. I love the smell of pine burning.

The geese have settled in and spend a great deal of time wondering around with the ducks. The chickens are moulting so no eggs at the moment.

And the sheep are just their normal happy hooligan selves. Getting near to tupping time for them.

I am sorry for the lack of pictures but for some reason I cannot get anything to load. I think it is my computer as I cannot also get my music to play.

Such is life.

Anita

 

 

 

 


September 23, 2019

New at Eau Brink Studio

This Month I will be launching a  whole new set of kits.
Luxury Christmas stocking
Modern print stocking

What does this mean in real time? I am looking at packaging, writing instructions and searching out fabrics.

I am hopeful this will all be in place by the end of September. so no pressure then???

So far I have looked at the Christmas stockings,  three different types of baubles, and the coin purse. I still have to look at whether it will be a good idea to include the cushions, scissor holders and other items I make using the jelly rolls of fabric.

Powertex

I am also looking into kits for Powertex. Starter kits mainly with the products you need to just get going or even smaller kits for you to have a go with it and see if it is for you.

I am sure once tried you will find a place in your crafting for it.

why am I looking at this?

Several of our customers ask me for kits or suggest me making kits to sell rather than the finished items. I have made the odd few for shows and fairs but at the Handmade Fair this time I had many many people asking for kits to give away as gifts or to have a go at making themselves. This has made me think that perhaps the time is right for them.

We will see.

Whats New?

Peggy Bonner is coming to Eau Brink Studio to teach beading techniques. Starting in October for a basic workshop to get you in the mood.

The day starts at 10 am and will finish about 2 pm.  Kits will be provided on the day and each learner will finish a small beaded decoration with a wooden cotton reel. This workshop is designed to wet the appetite so that you want to learn the more complicated designs for baubles and other items.

Beaded Decorations

Peggy is new to the area and wants to make new friends through her craft. Peggy owned a shop before her move where she taught her beading skills in regular workshops alongside running a busy shop.

I am sure that we will be able to make a number of fabulous items for our homes and as gifts with Peggy’s help.

For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/beading-decoration-workshop/