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November 15, 2021
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Anita O’Neill – What Excites Me In My Work ?

You may be thinking what an odd question for Anita to discuss but it is not.

Like many self employed individuals it is hard to switch off and relax but for me I find it hard to switch off as an artist.

Let me explain. What excites me on a daily basis is colour, texture and line. Driving along a road near Downham Market today I saw a old wall with lots of trees growing above it. Each tree was a different colour as the leaves die off. The grey wall had a big patch of dark green on in I assume from some ivy. My poor son was made to take a picture of it as we drove past so I can use it for inspiration.

I may just use the colours, or look at the textures in it. So many options. This picture was taken at 10am and here I am writing this at 8.50pm still thinking of that picture.

There is a whole sketchbook of work just waiting to be completed from just this one picture.

What can I do with it? A colour study is one option, take some line drawings from it is another, Scan it into my sublimination printer and print it onto fabric and stitch it? or simplify it and stitch it with free motion embroidery? Using the colours make a background for stich and then make a whole new piece that does not show any relation to the picture is another option.

Excitingly I have some fabulous fabrics in my shop in these colours so I may use them to create something new. Maybe a little bit of patchwork or a quilted piece? A box or bag who knows.

Tomorrow I may still be excited by this picture but it is likely that I will see something else that gets my  brain working in a very different direction. It could be a fabric delivery. I can tell you that if a box of fabrics arrives I cannot wait to open it and start looking at the fabrics to see what comes into my head just from looking at them.

Or I may be in a shop and see something that makes me think why did they use that colour or fabric or texture for that what would I have made it from? That leads me to thinking of the object in more detail and I have to admit I will look at it from all angles including inside if possible. There are always questions to be answered. Supermarkets are hell for me as I do not think there is any logic to them at all but I have found myself looking at a shelf of goods and seeing pattern and texture there ready to be brought to life in a piece of textile are.

Equally I have been laughed at when looking at pipes in water and seeing how the light plays on the pipes and changes them. Others see pipes I see light, shadow and lines broken in different ways. It all excites me.

Windows and the light they throw onto the walls is another thing I find exciting.

I have been taking pictures from a number of windows in different places over the years.

Recently in my own home. And I plan to complete a set of work using them as inspiration with free motion embroidery, hand stitch and soluble film.

It is not just the patterns I see but find the colours fascinating. Looking at this picture initially you would think it black and white but look closely and you will see colour there too.

Blues, browns, creams, rust and maybe a tint of red? What colours can you see?

My work evolves as I get engrossed in it. Looking at this picture I am thinking of taking the subtle colours and the shapes and rearranging them.  It would make a lovely hanging in machine embroidery, or as a quilted piece. even a paper collage with a little bit of stitch in there. I keep thinking fragmentation, so a fragmented hanging would probably be the end result. But who knows? I may change my mind.

I have written this piece so that you understand my world a little bit. And it will help you understand why I love Experimental Wednesdays so much. It is not just the days teaching and encouraging learners that I love but also the preparation for the day. Sometimes I have to remember to hold back a bit but there are the odd ones that I do have to push myself further as I feel there is not enough in the subject to get me excited to want to work into it further.

Why not try looking at your world for a day in a different way? look at the lines, colours and textures of the day. You can find it anything from a cupboard full of food to a pile of ironing.

Be inspired by what ever you see.

Stay Safe

Anita

 

 

 


January 28, 2019

Inspiration is all around us at Eau Brink Studio.

I feel we are very lucky to live in a almost rural area. Not too far from the major shops but far enough to see the land changing with the seasons and the wildlife that comes into our garden.

Not to mention the domestic animals that roam around throughout the day that make me smile. The chickens have a new boyfriend who is young and learning to crow. Some of the girls are in love but one or two are not that bothered by him. Though they are the girls he is chasing.

The chickens love rummaging around in our log pile for bugs. This leads me to looking closely at it for inspiration. As this picture shows.  It has colour, texture, light and ice. Who would have thought it just from a pile of logs.

The same day I looked at the lake which was frozen and found bubbles trapped in the ice along with feathers from the ducks. It made fabulous patterns amongst the opaque ice. to take a look follow the link to https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/2138675026198386/

The sun is shining as I write this and the lake is shimmering. It is cold but the sheep do not mind as they have their lovely woolly coats on. And we hope are nurturing the next generation too.

The school children this last week had a lesson in looking at features and drawing funny faces. We made a crowd to show how much we are different and how we see each other. Take a look following this link. https://www.facebook.com/anita.oneill.12/videos/10218328936553351/UzpfSTI2OTQ5NzY2MzM5MDMwMjo4MDk1NjAzMTYwNTA2OTg/

So whats happening at Eau Brink Studio?  Friday I am at the Silverwood Centre teaching creative sewing with your machine.

This day is designed to show you that your sewing machine can do more than sew in straight lines including using the programmed stitches for the more modern machines. So long as you can drop the feed dogs or cover them you can fee motion machine.

At the end of the day you will have a number of samples and a £d piece to take home.

In the studio I am hosting an Airbnb experience on Saturday for Powertex. I love hosting these as the customers get to play all day and create what they like. Using all the Powertex products they want. Send this link to your Airbnb customers and see if they fancy coming along for the day. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/315009/book?scheduled_id=4259257

 

It is the end of the month now and we are fast approaching  a number of gatherings such as   The Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild on Wednesday evening at Knight Hill. the Farmers Arms have a room at the end of the stables where we are meeting. A fabulous lady called Anna shore will be coming to talk to us and show us her lovely work. This will lead to a workshop on the 22nd of February.

Makers month commences on the 8th of February and the Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild will be spending a little time in the Library so you can come along and see what we get up to.

Mondays the 4th of February is Embroidery Monday at Eau Brink Studio and we will be looking at hand embroidery so pop along and join in. Coffee and cake is included.

Wednesday the 6th is Experimental Wednesday and we will be exploring our own way. So it is a chance to pick up on a technique you really like and explore it to its full potential. Not sure what to focus on? then not worries we will also be looking at the new Maggie Grey workshops.

Most importantly do not forget it is Textiles East which aims to provide a dynamic, active platform for textile artists to exhibit and retailers to showcase their beautiful products for purchase. Friday  22nd & Saturday 23rd February 2019 Swavesey Village College, Cambridgeshire.

 

 

 

 

 


January 20, 2019
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Gathering Inspiration can be a real treat as this week can testify.

Spending a day in London with all the colours, shapes and sounds brings a huge amount of ideas. But the most inspiring came not from Kensington Palace as expected but from The Royal Opera House.

The Royal Opera house has layers of boxes, seats, lights, and sweeping curves with the gold and red. It is stunning as this link to a little video shows. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/1973974682906696/

An evening in this place lifts the spirits no end. What did I see? The Nutcracker.

Looking at the fabrics, costumes and general bling for this lovely ballet makes me realise how hard the teams work to put on this entertainment. And that is not including the hours of practice the dancers put in. Well worth a visit.

But what about Kensington Palace? We looked at the fabulous rooms of course and the staircases. We loved the Princess Diana clothes, and the clothes from the film The Favourite which of course is about Queen Anne.

 

Unfortunately the rooms for Queen Victoria were closed but we did get to look at the fabulous Tiaras she wore.  I was rather taken by this suite even though my theme at the moment is red and not green.

 

King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild.

Why a red theme you ask?

I am currently working on a number of items for the King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in July. We will be at St Nicholas Chapel so come and take a look at what we get up to. the Exhibition theme is the rainbow so it will be colourful.

We have room for stall holders if you are interested, your stall must be textiles of some sort. Fabric based, weaving, threads, found materials, anything that can be used for textiles so that includes decoration and paints too.

Reminder.

Just to remind you that you can rent Eau Brink Studio for anything from one hour to the entire day for your projects large or small. You get to use all the facilities, cake is supplied, heating or air conditioning depending on the weather. There is a large working area. Large enough to lay out an entire quilt if needed. Just give Anita a call on 01553 762115 or email on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk for further details.

Wednesday 23rd of January is the next Experimental Wednesday. If you want to join us just go to  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-2-2/  and book in. You can be at the beginning of your artistic journey to join in or just looking to perfect your skills. We stat at 10 am and finish at 4 pm.

You will be welcomed with tea and home made lemon cake. So why not pop in and try something new?

 


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