July 30, 2020
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Print and Make with Alison Hulme will once again be at Eau Brink Studio.

This exciting two day workshop will ensure that you take home with you a huge amount of printed fabric.

Also you can finish a cushion, a apron or a bag on the second day.

Print and MakeAlison is famous for her pinnies and can be found at most of the big fairs such as Knitting and Stitching shows.

If you think you cannot print onto fabric using Acrylic paint think again. 

You can turn up without any experience and go home with your head buzzing with ideas.

Alison will help you co-ordinate your colours and designs.

You get to use her large collection of Thermofax screens to create your fabrics.

It is a great two days of fun and laughter.

Of course I will be baking so there will be scrummy cake as well as fruit and lots of hot drinks.

Whats not to like?

Book early as places are limited.

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April 4, 2020
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Ink drawingInk Drawing Workshop with  artist Rachel Collier-Wilson to learn about drawing with ink in a relaxed and inclusive environment at Eau Brink Studio.

During the day, working with dip pens and black ink on paper, various methods of creating lines will be introduced and practised. These will include creating shapes, form and texture using this fun and versatile medium.

Rachel will start with a demonstration of ink drawing and then we will work on warm up techniques and practicing using the pen. In the afternoon you will be able to work on a more sustained piece and Rachel will be able to provide as much or as little tuition you would like.

ink drawingWe will work on a couple of still life subjects using these methods, please bring along your own inspiration if you would like. You can draw first in pencil before committing to drawing with ink.

Beginners are welcome to this ink drawing workshop – this course is suitable for all abilities. Rachel can provide dip pens and black ink for participants. Paper will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

 

 

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March 14, 2020
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Gelli Plate Printing Workshop

Gelli Plate Printing is a fabulous way to get prints onto fabric and paper. Using a Gilli Plate and a Brayer to roll the paint onto the plate. Then transferring the Gelli plate onto the fabric or paper you get your print.

So why not join us at Eau Brink Studio for a great day of fun and paint at our Gelli Plate Printing Workshop?

We will be using Acrylic paint with added fabric medium for the fabric. The possibilities are endless as you add layers of colour. As well as pattern using stamps, stencils and mark making equipment.

Fabric prints are then heat set and can be hand washed.

Included in the cost the paints and fabric medium. Some fabric to practice on and refreshments but not lunch.

Please bring along your Gelli plates and brayers to use.

The Day starts at 10 am with a lunch break and we finish at 4pm

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During the day you will get to grips with using your Gelli plate to create different prints. Anita will demonstrate how to get layers and repeat prints so you will be able to go home with a large amount of samples to remind you of your day.

It is a good idea to take photographs as you work and to bring a notebook so that you can keep a record of your work.

for more information just email Anita at [email protected] 

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January 22, 2020

   

Experimental Wednesday at Eau Brink Studio encourages you to spend time pushing the boundaries of your practice.

Spend the day in the studio experimenting with mixed media – any medium can be used.

      • Bring your own or use the studio’s
      • Try new techniques for your projects
      • Prepare your samples for your educational needs
      • Be creative!

There are no restrictions on what you can do – be as messy or as tidy as you wish! Small or large projects most welcome.

Things you can do include (and by no means are restricted to):

  • Using a substrate of paper or fabric, man made or natural
  • Enhancing your project it with paint, dyes, inks, prints; machine or hand stitch
  • Felt it, Embellish it, screw it up, iron it flat

The most important thing is to let your imagination take you beyond what is considered the norm!

Once you have finished playing  with all media and decided what you love doing, push it further and establish your artist identity.

Click here to book your place on the next workshop.

For more details on this or any other events, please contact us here:

 

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January 18, 2020

Eco Leaf Printing is a day of steaming leaves to get amazing prints on fabric and paper. At Eau Brink Studio.

Using a selection of leaves and cotton fabrics you can create amazing designs with steam and a little iron water.

Each learner will be steaming their own fabrics once wrapped.

Fabrics are provided and leaves from Eau Brink Garden can be used but you may want to bring along a selection of your own fabrics and leaves. flowers and seed pods also can work when fresh.

This is a day of discovery as you never know what you will create until is is unwrapped.

All refreshments are included in the price but not lunch.
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January 15, 2020
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Wow What a Start to 2020

Wow I What a Start to 2020, I cannot believe how busy it has been so far this year.

Starting with the Tea shop in The Barn. We have had an excellent start to our new venture with meeting new customers and providing lovely food and drinks daily. We are open 7 days a week from 10 am till 4 pm at the moment and when the clocks go forward we will be open from 9 am till 5 pm except Thursdays which are late opening until 7 pm.

Thank you all for popping in and if you have not yet made it to our tea shop I look forward to seeing you there.

Workshops

Powertex

I did announce a few changes for this year to the programme but have not been able to implement them yet as I have had customers book onto one or two of them before the changes. There fore the Powertex and Sewing machine confidence will remain for the time being as it is on the last weekend of the month.  there is still room on both if you wish to book. the Powertex is on the 26th and the Sewing machine confidence the 25th of January.

New for 2020

Ink drawing

A new workshop for Eau Brink Studio is Ink Drawing  with  artist Rachel Collier-Wilson to learn about drawing with ink in a relaxed and inclusive environment at Eau Brink Studio.

During the day, working with dip pens and black ink on paper, various methods of creating lines will be introduced and practised. These will include creating shapes, form and texture using this fun and versatile medium.

Rachel will start with a demonstration of ink drawing and then we will work on warm up techniques and practicing using the pen. In the afternoon you will be able to work on a more sustained piece and Rachel will be able to provide as much or as little tuition you would like.

ink drawingWe will work on a couple of still life subjects using these methods, please bring along your own inspiration if you would like. You can draw first in pencil before committing to drawing with ink.

Beginners are welcome to this ink drawing workshop – this course is suitable for all abilities. Rachel can provide dip pens and black ink for participants. Paper will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

You do not have to be able to draw for this workshop as Rachel will help you.

 

As some of you who like to attend Alison Hulmes workshop have informed me that it may not be possible I have added a Gelli Plate workshop on 14th March which will be fun but I will not have all the items Alison brings along such as her fabulous Thermofax screens.

This is only part of the things happening at Eau Brink but I think I will leave you for now and then write again soon.


January 3, 2020
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Hello 2020

Hello 2020, Wow a new year and a new decade. This means change at Eau Brink Studio.

For some time now I have found myself moving further and further away from what I originally intended when setting up the studio. And it made me very unhappy.

With this in mind whilst I was unable to do anything before Christmas I decided to sort it out.

Firstly I took a look at what I had been doing over the year and if I enjoyed it. The answer was mostly yes but some areas were a definite no.

So the no’s had to go. But what can I replace it with as I still have to pay the bills? And to be honest a regular job is not for me.

My lovely brother has joined us from Kent and we have decided to open up a tea room together. Danny trained as a chef so his food is divine but he hates baking and desert making, where as I love baking. So that works perfectly.

We opened our tea room in The Barn in Long Sutton because there was an existing coffee shop but the the lady who ran it had an accident and can not work for a while. The local Council will not let me have a teas shop at the studio which would be better. But we will work with what we have.

Now I am sure you are wondering what is going.

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Ready for sewing

Well firstly the workshops that very few book onto. That is Powertex and Sewing machine confidence. These will be by appointment only from now on.

I will also adopt a new system for upcoming workshops where if there are not enough learners up to two week prior to the workshop it will be cancelled. With the exception of other artists teaching as they will decide up to one month in advance if they are going to run it.

The studio will not be idle. Anyone can book it to run workshops or to use the space  if they wish. You just need to email me and I will discuss your needs and the costs involved.

Exhibition and Fairs

I will be exhibiting with the Progression group, West Norfolk Artists, at Wymonham with the Norfolk Makers and attending the Hand Made Fair at Hampton Court this year.

I will be also taking part in Textiles in action and Open Studios.

Website and contact.

My website will reflect all these changes over the coming weeks but please bear with me as I get it sorted out. If you wish to get hold of me it will be better to email me at [email protected] 

You can of course call me on 01553 762115 or on 07827674920 do leave a message if I cannot answer and I will return your call asap.

So as I said at the beginning of this blog. Hello 2020 it looks like a great year ahead.

 

 


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 23, 2019
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Sewing Machine Confidence

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Many of us know who to use our sewing machines for straight sewing.

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that that they can do so much more?

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course.

You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

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October 26, 2019

Hot off the Press at Eau Brink Studio is a day where you can learn how to use transfer paints.

A creative day using a Heat Press and foliage to create your unique designs.

During the day you will be painting papers and transferring your colours to fabrics in the heat press.

To bring you designs to life add hand and machine stitch with embellishments using the die cutting machine, beads and other items of your choice.

Included in the cost are the transfer paints and some fabrics. All refreshments but not lunch. Bring along your beads and embellishments and any fabrics you want to use. For a subtle look bring along natural fabrics for vibrancy bring along man made fabrics.

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