April 15, 2019
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Cas Holmes – Postcards is an introductory workshop marking your  places of interest you.

Returning to Eau Brink Studio for this one day workshop to inspire you to record your travels.

What landscapes and images seen on your travels would you represent on your postcard?

We will share processes and ideas based on some of the artist’s personal approaches to creating mixed media works with found materials. We will look at transforming paper to turn it into a cloth-like feel through Momigami (Japanese crumpling) and combining it with textile and stitch to create small postcard size samples.

The focus will be on hand stitching as an extension of mark making and drawing.

 

STUDENT PREPARATION FOR WORKSHOP: All should fit in one small bag

 

Postcards and images representing a place you have been or travelled to use a an initial source of inspiration. Themes could be

Gardens or Natural History:Images and text relating to plant, insects, birds. (based on the idea of a Planthunter or naturalist recording.their world.

 

Equipment: Hand sewing equipment  (scissors,a few threads for hand stitching, pins). Waterproof felt pen or a biro if you have one. Glue sticks (pritt) or similar. Sewing machine (optional)

Sketchbook/camera

 

Paper and textiles inspired by your theme.

Papers: Brown wrapping paper or large brown envelopes, tissue paper, Collect assorted waste papers from patterned paper bags, magazines, oriental specialist papers, sweetwrappers, printed photocopy paper etc.

Gathered fabric scraps: Writing, prints, lace, scraps of cotton/ linen, silk fabrics with or without prints- various sizes.

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April 13, 2019
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Small Objects of desire with Cas Holmes learning how to make art from found materials.

 

Taking our inspiration from everyday objects, (cups, bowls etc) collections  of natural forms (shells, feathers, leaves) or other types of personal memorabilia as a starting point for developing themes we will create our own layered, collage and stitch ‘Still Life’ or ‘Landscape/Nature Study’

Found paper, fabric scraps and found materials will be combined with transferring of images and stitch as a means for informing work for the development of new ideas. These will be constructed on a small canvas .
Please bring to the workshop:

A waterproof pen scissors, regular sewing thread, pins and needle.A few hand threads in your preferred colour range

Small portable kit of painting media you may like to use (can be watercolour, Koh I Noor, Inktense whatever you have)

Also useful camera for documentation, notebook, drawing media.

Sewing machine with free motion capability. (optional) Embroidery hoop

Collection of waste papers and gathered fabric scraps: Examples. Brown wrapping paper or large brown envelopes, tissue paper, patterned paper bags, photocopies of images relating to your theme, magazines, oriental specialist papers, prints, lace, scraps of cotton, linen, silk fabrics with or without prints- various sizes. All should fit into one small bag

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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.

 


October 1, 2018
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Cas Holmes – Images and Narrative in Textiles Restructured AT Eau Brink Studio over the weekend.

Friday was a frenzy of preparation before collecting Cas from the train station in the evening.

Early start on Saturday where cakes were baked whilst Cas organised how she wanted the studio set up.

Enabling her to teach and demonstrate her processes to the students for the day. by nine o’clock we were ready. A good job as well as the first students started to arrive at nine fifteen.

We were not told what to aim for or how to finish our work at the beginning.

One of the main worries was what to aim for but that would have stilted our flow of creativity. Cas did inform us that we were going to be using our found materials to create a book but not in the sense of a traditional book with a cover and pages that all fit neatly into the bound cover.

This piece is in progress using the found materials, mark making and art materials.

 

At the beginning of the first day Cas broke the ice by getting the students to select a piece of paper and fold it then write their name on it before passing it onto the next person. This helped introduce the students to each other and get them to converse. As the pages were passed on each time a different fold and different marks were added. This then could be used for the first page or for the cover of the book if desired.

Throughout the two days Cas brought us back to her table periodically to demonstrate her processes. Encouraging us to be brave and use  colour and line from the substrate to extend the shapes in a way that enhances our work. And if you don not like it change it.

Layers were added to a fabric backing to help hold them together using CMC paste. The paste gives you the flexibility to make changes as you work as it is not permanent.

This flexibility is great when wanting to take items off the piece or to move them to another area. You can continue to move pieces around right up to the time you start sewing.

This helps your work develop organically. A way I love to work.

For some of the students this was a totally new way of working and they found it a challenge as they were used to planning each stage of their work.

Others wanted to explore each process further but that can take time.

 

Extending colour from the materials used by adding water based ink or paints helps to bring in tones as well as blocks of colour. Drawing into the piece helps with keeping it interesting with subtle drawings and outlines.

These can be stitched into at a later time either by hand or by machine.

Cas pointed out to us that stitching is  an art form using a needle instead of paint or pencils.

A debate then commenced about why the art world did not like to recognise stitch as a form of art. A big subject.

 

Once we were happy with the pages of our book and we had worked our covers it was time to think about putting it together. Something we did overnight as the work dried.

Day two was all about the sewing.

Cas demonstrated how to set up a sewing machine for free motion embroider. And pointed out that we had to remember that the needle is our new drawing tool.

Everyone had their own favorite sewing machine and this led to a  discussion on how the different machines performed especially when used for free motion embroidery.

 

Once we had finished using the sewing machines to add stitch and texture we moved onto hand stitch.  Even at this late stage you can add and remove layers. Stitching through paper works wonderfully if you want to get a specific design onto your piece. Then just pull the paper away.

At the end of the workshop we spend thirty minutes discussing how we felt about our work and what we liked about the process.

 

Cas encouraged each and everyone of use to critique our own work and to take on board what others said about it.

It turned out that many of us were not that confident about our work and this process helped us see what others saw in our work. This gave us the confidence to continue working into it once home.

This workshop was very enlightening and demonstrated that you do not need to go out and  buy the latest gadgets and materials to create a fabulous piece of art.

The was Cas Holmes works shows the artist that you can use these new skills for most forms of art. Cas has demonstrated all over the world it can be of any size and shape.

Thank you Cas for a fabulous two days.

I would also like to thank all of the students for making it a very friendly and informal group who were happy to share ideas and encourage each other.


September 24, 2018
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This week at Eau Brink Studio as been a bit of a roller coaster of a week.

large working areaSorting out the studio has been a big priority as it is a mess after all the fairs so far.

This is what it should look like.

 

The children at school enjoyed making these wizards. The mess was unbelievable but they had fun.

I am thinking of spiders and cobwebs this week for them.

Pompoms and pipe cleaners for the spiders. Not sure about the cobwebs as yet. But I am sure it will come to me.

 

Teacher and Artist

Cas Holmes will be arriving on Friday evening ready for our exciting  two day workshop with her. That will include using found materials, mark making and stitch. It also means loads of cake.

Cas will be bringing copies of her latest book for you to look at and if you have not already done so there will be a copy or two for sale. Cas is happy to sign her books. So if you already have one please do bring it along with you.

 

I have had some major issues with emails not being received or going into the spam folders. Please check to see if you have missed any and tell your computer it is not spam. My computer guys are on it. I will keep you posted.

Whats coming up?

Please do check the website for workshops as I am now putting on next years. I am aware that there is an issue for those of you with codes to put in. I am sorry it is not working. The computer guys are also looking into that for me. It will be sorted once they work out what the problem is.

Tassels

Clare Hedges Passementerie workshop has spaces in October. to book just follow the link.

It is two days of learning how to make braids, tassels, and those lovely little acorn tassels too.

Passementerie is one of the crafts that is on the endangered list and is in need of some love to stop if from disappearing for ever.

Clare works with the heritage charities, the V&A and heritage homes in private hands to keep their collections looking like the original furnishings. She matches the colours and fibres to make the replacements.

 

Next years programme is now being added to the calendar so book early to ensure your place.