January 23, 2021
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Creative Powertex is a workshop where you get to create fabulous items using this amazing fabric hardener.

Powertex
Fabric Bowl with Powertex

Learn how to manipulate this versatile medium, giving you the start to get creating…

Have you recently purchased or been given a Powertex gift and want to know more about it? 

Are you aware you can make your own items using Powertex?

Designed to give you the skills and know how to capture your creative flair, this course takes place at Eau Brink Studio.

Available for £35.00 this all day course gives you all the basics needed to make a jar or brooch. Whole days are also available for support with larger projects.

So what’s included?

  • Individual one on one tuition – giving you the specific hands-on knowledge and learning you need to feel relaxed and assured in using Powertex.

 

  • All your materials are included – in the overall course price and extra products are available for a small cost to ensure you achieve the result you desire.

 

  • Initial demonstration – Anita will explain how to use the medium and the pitfalls for you to avoid.

 

  • Positive learning environment – within a large light studio

 

  • Refreshments –Including home made cake.

For more information – Just give me a call on 01553 762 115

Covid Postponement and Refunds

Here at Eau Brink Studio we want to ensure everyone who is booked onto one of our workshops is kept safe and we will follow the governments advice on educational workshops.

If government advice means face-to-face workshops cannot continue due to coronavirus (COVID-19), classes will be rescheduled to another date where possible.

Where this is the case, and you cannot attend the new workshop on the new date refunds will be provided.

If you have used paypal or card payments the companies take their fees out of refunds. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this as they take their cut before they pay anything out.

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September 15, 2020
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POWERTEX RETURNS

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

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

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

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

 


February 16, 2019

This coming weekend is all about Textiles East Fair at Swavesey College. For Eau Brink Studio that means a few items I have not had to sell before and am excited to present them to you in this blog. Aslo I will have some of my Lincoln Longwool for you which I have carded and in some cases blended with Alpaca.

I am hopeful that I will be able to get a delivery from Clover Products in time but as I have been out of action last week I cannot guarantee I can get them.

The plan is to give you access to items that we all like to use in the studio. Things like the chalk pens (Clover have new refillable ones). And a few more of their fabulous gadgets too.

If I cannot get them in time just leave me your email address on the day and I will add you to the emailing list so that you get to know what comes in before anyone else. Also you can let me know if you would like me to try and get items for you but I will only be using the suppliers that I already buy from for the workshops. Alternatively pop over to my website and sign up for the news letter at https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/     scroll down the home page and you will find a subscribe link to complete and you will be kept informed a little quicker than leaving it to the fair.

Cas Holmes Books

The most exciting thing I will have is the fabulous Cas Holmes Books. I have been sent a limited supply at the moment as they are being reprinted in some cases.

Here are a few teaser pictures and yes I will have copies for you to look through before you buy. The rest will be wrapped to keep them pristine for you.

Book 1.

  

I love the feel and the look of this book. the pages give you snippets and insights into Cas and Anne’s world and work. there are discussions on collaboration, exercised and tips for you to follow. And a way to use mark making to create your own art.

Book 2.

  

Another book by Cas that gives the reader a great deal of information on how Cas gathers her inspiration and using it.  Cas also discusses other artists in her book. It is interesting to see many textile artists who trained in fine art first.

 

   

Here we have the last book Stitch Stories. It is beautiful, colourful and full of information to help you with your textile journey.

The bad news is that I at this time only have four copies of one book, three of another and only one of another.However,  I am not going to tell you which is which. I will also not be able to reserve copies as they are so limited at this time.

I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new at the fair over the two days. there are still spaces available on the Two day course with Cas Holmes due to a cancellation, to learn more just follow this link so you can see what we will be getting up to. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/two-days-with-cas-holmes/ 

Cas will also be with us for a third day for her one day course making postcards. This link will explain more.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/cas-holmes-postcards/

On a more personal note, we are looking forward to April for another reason. Our lovely Lincoln Longwool girls will be delivering their lambs during that month. An anxious but exciting time for everyone.

When you visit the studio make sure you go and see them.

I will welcome you feedback on the carded and blended Lincoln Longwool I am bringing along to the fair.

 


February 3, 2019

Good and Bad? This is a loaded question. Can you be honest and answer it?

I will try and for those of you who find yourself reading this perhaps you can let me know if I have been honest in this blog.

Starting with what I am not so good at. Or as the question says Bad.

Selling is my weakest point for my business.

Mad I know but true. I am not a sales person. I am a creator, I can get very passionate about creating but not about selling.

Selling is easy for some individuals and they can sell anything to most customers. But I find that I cannot get my enthusiasm for what I do across to a new customer.

In fact sometimes I find just describing what I do to someone difficult. And why is that I hear you ask.

Well that is because my work is very visual and tactile and trying to get that across is not easy. I know that once I engage with a customer and they get what I am saying the next step is to convince them they need to attend a workshop to feel that excitement of creating something new, Learning a new skill, or just to come and have a go. The thrill of engaging with a new way of expression is something you need to experience before you can decide if it is for you or not. But fear gets in the way for many customers as they think they cannot do it. But guess what you can.

And for me that is the same will selling. I am learning from my lovely customers what it is they want and I am reading a great deal on the subject and have found that so far I need to be able to break down each component of my business to be able to sell it to customers who are interested.

Teaching is my strongest point for my business.

Once a new customer has booked onto a workshop I am able to encourage them to produce a great piece of work. It does not matter what type of item they are learning or what medium they are using, I can get give them the confidence to finish an item.

For some they need a step by step approach in the beginning and then they will look at what they have achieved and want to move it onto the next step. For example, learning how to layer fabrics to create texture and colour using sheer fabrics and stitch.

Others just need to be encouraged to explore what they can do with the medium they have chosen to work with. For example, if you wish to layer up fabrics with stitch and want to bring the layers through what would you do to show them? cut the top layers back? or burn them to add extra interest?

Colour is another thing of fear for some but it does not have to be. colour charts show you what to put together. If you wish to be creative audition your colours to see what pleases you and don’t be worries about what other think.

The one thing I can assure you all is that I am always learning. Not just from books and the internet but also from the other artists who visit the studio. But most of all from my customers. Though I have to say with one group of ladies it is not always learning about our art. You know who you are.

Whats coming up?

Wednesday 6th and 20th February is Experimental Wednesday.

Friday 22nd  and Saturday 23rd of February is Textiles East

 

 

 


August 11, 2018
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The Festival of Quilts this year did not disappoint. The quilts are stunning.  I know we all have our favourites, for me it is the Northern lights quilt.

Unfortunately this picture does not do it justice. The colours are outstanding and I love the little figures in the foreground watching the night sky.

I hope you manged to go to the festival and see the quilt for your self.

 

The winners gallery was difficult to get to once the quilts had been unveiled but they were worth the wait. Here are one or two for you to look at.

2018 winner festival of quilts

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the traditional quilts I like this one that a very special lady is standing admiring. It was hard to chose an outright favourite as they are all spectacular.

Many of you do know that Jean is my lovely neighbour who has been through a very rough year with her health. We were not sure she would be able to go to the show that  she was so looking forward to but she made it. And had a blast.  This is Jeans first Festival of Quilts and I hope she will get to go to many more.

Jean loves sewing and for her to see the quilts was the highlight of her day. she was amazed at the high standards and the variety of different patterns and colours.

Besides looking at quilts we also did a little shopping.

I did have to purchase three jelly rolls which are now stitched and ready for cutting. As you can see they are very colourful. Especially the Kaffe Fassett one.

I could hardly wait to get home and unwrap them. Stitching them was a joy. When they are made into peg bags they will brighten any washing day.

 

What else have I been up to?

Xpandaprint design

I visited a company in Norwich to see what my designs  look like on mugs, coasters and cushions. This is one of them which will be available for The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in September.

The mugs are bone china and dishwasher proof. It’s very Steampunk or cosmic depending on how you look at it.

I am also planning prints of it which I will do myself when I can get the big printer working. We are nearly there with it. I cannot wait to see what I can produce on it.

 

Whats coming up then?

Saturday the 18th is a Natural Dye day. I have changed the format a little to give you time to learn how to use natural dyes that are dried and how to use fresh leaves and flowers in a wrap. By the end of the day you will have a recipe book full of your samples and notes as well as samples to take home to unwrap several days later. (if you can wait that long)

To book just click on the link  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/natural-dye-day-3/

There is still space on AbigaIl Mill workshop in September. Abigail is at the Festival of Quilts this year and has some new kits which are stunning flowers.

To book just click on the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/abigail-mill-creative-machine-embroidery/2018-09-06/

And there are also spaces still on Claire Hedges workshop in October where you can learn a traditional craft of Passementerie. That’s weaving braids and making luscious tassels.

Just click on the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/tiny-acorns-to-terrific-tassels-passementerie-workshop/2018-10-06/ 

I am sure if you maned to get to the Festival of Quilts you had a great day or two and have come home inspired.

Enjoy your purchases.

 

 

 

 

 


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