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.
What are you doing? This is what I hear from John when he pops into Eau Brink Studio.
I have spent the past week in the studio reorganising and cleaning.
Clearing our cupboards that have been in need for a long time now.
Making decisions on how to move forward for the future. And this is what I am going to do.
What are you doing about the Powertex? I have decided that I am no longer going to work with Powertex or teach it. I am still in two minds whether to keep it in the shop but we will see.
My decision for stopping this service is based on my having taken it as far as I can with my textiles and have found the only thing I really do enjoy making with it is the brooches.
As many of you know I have already given up going into the schools to teach art and crafts. I had been approached to return to two schools but have decided against it. This is because it takes a great deal of preparation for the small amount of time I have with the students.
I love this group and with the members we are planning great things for our future. Exhibitions are our intention. We are also considering a stand next year at the NEC. Including workshops by our members. Other exhibitions will include open studios, The Makers Fair in Norwich and hopefully Granchester. We of course will be looking at other venues to exhibit. Our exhibitions include the sale of our work and in some cases we will encourage sales tables from other artists. We are very excited about our future. Even at this time we hold a regular Zoom meeting to keep each other motivated.
I am planning next years workshops now and am approaching artists to join us at Eau Brink studio. What am I doing? I am ready to add to the calendar some workshops for eco dyeing, Procion dyeing, and resist dyeing.
Other workshops will include the Experimental Wednesdays which I am considering making more structured as they used to be. With a different technique each month to explore.
I am hoping Alison Hulme will return but this is not the time to contact her about work. But of course I will update you on her workshops as I know.
Amanda Hislop too which we will discuss at her workshop this year if we can still go ahead in September.
Cas Holmes may also visit next year if she is free.
Melanie Missin too of course as we had to cancel this years workshop.
These are just a few of the artists I am in contact with for the new years calendar.
West Norfolk Artists Association
This groups exhibitions are always popular and as an exhibitor I can say I do look forward to them. The artists are all very focused on producing high quality art which is popular. I will continue to exhibit my work through this association in the coming year.
My personal work will involve two things.
I am looking to concentrate on using the heat press for as long as I can get new things to work with it. I love the speed of it and the different results I get with different media. The plan is to work with the heat press and soluble film. The combination can either be fabulous or disastrous but we will see what happens. Could add another element such as Tyvek too.
Most of the items I make are going into my shop at Long Sutton.
The other aspect of my work is also in Long Sutton at the Tearoom. I have been playing with cakes and deserts during this enforced closure and can report that our customers who have home delivery are enjoying the new flavoured cheesecakes as well as the little sweet pies. I am looking forward to returning.
John will always say What Are You Doing to me when I am in the studio as he does not understand what I get up to but he does like some of the results. Particularly the new work.
It’s Been A While since the last post as I have been very busy with a number of things.
Starting with the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in July. I have been sewing items for the exhibition and gathering in others work. The work that has come in is amazing. The theme is a rainbow wall. We are also adding another section of work with all colours in it. Visitors will impressed by the level of work.
Visitors will also be able to purchase the work that is for sale, shop at the stalls, attend the make and take tables and sit and enjoy a drink with cake or biscuits.
The guild members have worked very hard to put this exhibition on and the committee members have spent hours planning and finalising the smallest detail to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience.
I have also been working on items for the Art and soul exhibition in South Wootton starting on the 17th June in the church. This is a celebration of many local artists work. Not just textiles but other works too. Again it is free to enter and refreshments are available. The aim of this exhibition is not only to show the works of the various artists but also to raise funds for the church. Works are available to buy.
And as the year progresses we have the Textile Show in Wymondham which is always a great show full of fabulous textiles for visitors to see and buy. I understand this is probably going to be the last Textile show at this venue for a while as it is up for development so a new venue is being sourced for next year.
Then it is the Handmade festival at Hampton court. I love this show as I spend a great deal of time chatting to like minded artists and makers as well as the public who love our work. It is a great way to meet new friends as well as catching up with old friends. The fair is over three days so a lot of work goes into it by everyone who is involved.
EBS Retail is doing well at The Barn in Long Sutton. Thank you to everyone who has visited the shop. I am aiming to keep adding to the stock on a regular basis. You are welcome to ask in advance if I have anything in particular you need and I will respond to your enquiries as quickly as possible. Just ping me a email on [email protected],co.uk
Where are we with the workshops?
The Natural Dye Day on Saturday 15th has 2 spaces available. This is not the same workshop as the Embroiderers Guild later in the month.
At The Barn on Sunday I will be teaching how to create stunning Blackwork Cards with a modern twist. We will be in the coffee shop for this workshop.
Alison Hulme will be with us next week so we can print all we can and if we feel like it on day two we can make a pinnie or a bag using the fabrics we printed on during day one. Due to a cancellation we have 2 spaces available now.
At The Barn on Sunday the 23rd June we will be Shibori dying using Procion Dyes. A great way to add colour and pattern to fabrics. Again this will be in the Cafe.
The Pinchbeck Community Hub is a new venue for me to teach at. Once a month I will be there teaching something different. This month it was Powertex next month it will be Blackwork Cards. For more information on these and many other workshops that are happening there contact them using this facebook link .
I will be confirming bookings by the end of July for 2020. Get in touch if your interested in teaching at Eau Brink Studio
Just to let you know that the sheep are all settled with the fleece off and two of the lambs have gone to new homes. the new cockerel has also settled in and the girls appear to be much calmer.
The garden is looking very soggy today but the pond is getting full again.
Next week with the weather permitting we will have some honey. Hurrah
Thank you everyone for your support in my venture.
At last we have Longer Days so that light is not a problem for us sewers.
I love to be able to use natural light rather than the artificial sort. Natural light makes it easier to see so less strain on the eyes.
Stitching outside is something I love to do and I plan to get the lucky man of the moment to make me a table just for this purpose. It will need to be solid, stable and large. Able to take the sewing machine working flat out. It will need a cover I think for the rainy days but if its treated I suppose it should be okay. If he is reading this blog it will be the first time I have mentioned it to him.
Out and About
This week we have been to the Makit Fair in Peterborough. A fabulous new venue. Thank you everybody who came and said hello, joined in the make and take, and for the organisers of course who make it all possible. I am looking forward to the next one in St Ives. One conversation I had with a number of people was the sad fact that the various guilds are in decline and what we can do to give them a boost. I would like to write a piece on this so I am asking for your thoughts on it. Why do you think the Embroiderers Guild, Quilt Guild and Lace Guild are not thriving? Either respond to this blog or email me on [email protected]
I have also had a great meeting with some lovely ladies in the Pinchbeck community Hub about delivering workshops for their craft group once a month. The first will be a Powertex workshop on the 8th of June. For more information just contact Beautiful Designs on 07846733943. Then in July we will be introducing hand stitch. Blackwork with a modern twist.
And then there is The Barn in Long Sutton. My little shop is now filling up nicely with haberdashery and hand made goods. On a Thursday evening from 4 pm till 7 pm I will be organising make and takes as well as short workshops. Starting this Thursday with a Powertex make and take. Then on weekends there will be other workshops including mixed media tasters.
This weekend I will be with other makers in Thornham Village Hall from 10 am till 4 pm for Textiles in Action. Come along and see all the different types of textiles from Weaving to hand stitch and everything in between
The Barn in Long Sutton have a Car Boot along with a family fun day. From 10 am till 4 pm. Care boot pitches are free this month so why not get in touch and see whats going on?
West Norfolk Embroiderers guild meeting is at Knights Hill on Wednesday 29th May from 19.30 till 21.30. why not pop along and listen Moira Neal talking about an old cotton sheet??. You will be made welcome by our members and who knows you may like to join.
And last but not least
Our lovely chickens have a new boyfriend. He is lovely and just finding his voice. On your next visit to the studio stop and say hello to him. Steve 4th is black and white with green tail feathers. Very different from the others.
The lambs will be moving to their new homes at the end of this week. Though we are keeping one who is definitely a little princess.