lockdown

June 4, 2020
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Here we are in Week 11 and the Lockdown is beginning to slowly move towards freedom.

But not for me at Eau Brink Studio just yet. I am staying closed until July at the earliest. This is due to myself and many of my friends and customers being in the vulnerable category.  This does not mean that I am not working though.

The Studio

The studio has has a thorough cleaning  and a new soap dispenser has been installed as well as a dispenser for the gloves and aprons. The funny thing about that is I spent the first week of this happening looking for the box of open medium gloves and could not for the life of me work out where I had put them. The the dispenser is by the toilet door which I have walked pass it several times. I have removed the fabric aprons so you need to bring along your own apron to wear or it will be a  plastic disposable apron.

I am currently working towards a new programme of events to structure the regular workshops. One I am hoping to introduce is Dawns Gems. Dawn teaches Diamond Art and provides kits for all ages and abilities.

Diamond art is a fascinatingly addictive art where you stick little coloured diamonds to a base that already is prepared with the glue and colour numbers. It is very popular because you can make anything from small to large pictures, clocks, books and other smaller items. Just perfect for you during week 11 if you have no gardening or sewing to do.

As many of your know John does like to help us out where he can and he has been looking at sharpening my rotary cutting blades as they are expensive and the sharpener that is available is very expensive especially if you do not use your cutter that often. With this in mind he has been sharpening my blades for me. And is keeping an eye on how many times he can do this before we have to replace the blade.

EBS Retail

 Is currently moving from beside the tea room to a larger shop next door in The Emporium. Two reasons for this are its is a better shop and it means we can expand the tea room ready for opening and social distancing .  I have already been in touch with a number of fabric suppliers, I will increase the haberdashery supplies and will be adding quilting supplies too.  Of course I will still be selling my hand made items along with the items to raise funds for Progression where the members are making items to sell.

I have also engaged a photographer to take real pictures of the stock which can be used on all social media and on line shopping. I am really looking forward to seeing the results. Especially as I am fully aware the only nice picture I have taken is the one of the peg bags hanging on my washing line.

Progression

We continue to meet regularly during lockdown virtually. It is lovely to see everyone but I for one cannot wait for when we can meet in person again. 11 weeks is a long time to not see your friends. We have been working on our exhibition items as well as books to show how we are feeling during this period of our lives. These books will be displayed at our Granchester exhibition if we are permitted to go ahead with it. We also work on a postcard over a two week period and they will be displayed also during the exhibitions.

Small Holding News

11 Weeks of looking after our lovely animals has also been a little challenging.  The lack of rain has meant that the grass is not growing and trying to get hay for the sheep at the beginning was a huge problem. Although they do have sheep nuts too again getting the feed for them was problematic. The same for the birds getting their pellets became something of a mission. I fail to understand why everyone ran out of everything. Now though its not so bad at the big suppliers.

The sheep have been extremely naughty by spreading they hay around instead of eating it. Which the chickens seam to enjoy sitting in. Also they have been escaping by jumping on the fencing until it breaks and then the chickens follow them out. I appears to me to be a collaboration with the sheep being the muscle and the chickens reaping the rewards.

The result of all this escaping is they have eaten my strawberry plants, tomato plants and the few flowers we had. So back to square one.

Bertie and Gertie are once again trying to nest but have no idea how to keep their eggs safe. When they remember to sit on the nest they forget to sit on the egg. Resulting in the crows and magpies pinching the eggs. It is their first year so maybe next year they will have learnt. We did try to put some in the incubator but they did not hatch.

The moor hens have hatched one brood and are now sitting on another clutch of eggs. So they are doing very well.

Stay Safe

Anita

 

 

 

 


May 25, 2020

The 10th Week of the Covid-19 lock down has started with a Bank Holiday.And it is a lovely sunny Monday just right for working in the garden and planning the future.

EBS Retail

The shop is being moved from beside the tea room to a larger space at the Emporium. This is in readiness to become a agent for The Quilted Bear company and stocking their items.

Also we are working to stock fabrics of various types including Lewis and Irene fabrics amongst others. A staple fabric is Calico at 60 inches wide as well as a good cotton.

This picture is from Lewis and Irene Humming bird collection. The aim is to purchase one collection at a time to build up stocks and see what customers like. The only problem is I will want to keep it all.

 

Eau Brink Studio

I have spent many hours planning what to do with the opening of the studio after what seems like an endless break. And I feel that we need to have an open day full of cake and tea. Just to chat and meet again before we get back to the real business of making fabulous art and of course making a mess.I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new again as it has been 10 weeks and counting.

Depending on what the Government say on Thursday we could be opening again for July. That will take us up to week 15 which will be a good break for safety precautions. My intention is to open on Monday 6th July all being well.

Keep an eye out for social media confirmation for this date as well as further emails.

Progression

Our fortnightly Zoom meetings are a huge success. We love getting together and chatting as well as showing what we have been up to. This has kept us inspired and working towards our goals.We are hopeful that our last exhibition will still be able to take place at Granchester . With this in mind we are planning what we can do to make sure it is a success. To keep up to date with out news just pop over to our Facebook page and check us out. I

And Finally

And finally the 10th week has found me looking around the website for Eau Brink Studio and discussed with my techy guys what we can do to improve it. So over the coming weeks you should see some changes being made.

Also Amazon Handmade is being up dated too and we will have some fabulous new pictures to use for all our on line presence. Including our shop on the website and social media. Can’t wait to see them when they are ready.

Take care of yourselves

Anita

 

 

 

 


May 5, 2020
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Do you realise we are at week 7 already. Well those of us who received letters are.

What a long time but it does not appear to be so long. I have kept busy with clearing out the studio, cleaning the house of course and clearing up the garden.

Very similar to everyone else.

YouTube

I have also started to at long last put regular videos onto my YouTube Chanel.  They are improving each week as I get more confident with being in front of the camera.

So far there are 3 on Gelli plate printing and 3 on Soluble film. The next one will be how to put these elements together to create a piece of art.

VE Day

Week 7 is also the week we celebrate VE day. I am currently making bunting for family members to put on there houses ready for their street parties. Of course they are doing this by using their front gardens to join in due to social distancing. A cracking idea I am looking forward to seeing how everyone manages to party with social distancing. I know of a few people who have managed to continue to socialise over garden walls and fencing with the partitions still in place.

Shop

You would think that due to the weeks I have spent at home that I would have a huge stack of items to sell in the shop. No not a all. I have been finishing items that have long languished in boxes or been tucked away as unfinished items. Some I have given away as have no interest in them.

I have got some great ideas for kits and new products. I am about to join a company as an agent which sells many of the quilting items I love to use. In particular the turn table cutting boards. Different sizes and not only square but circular boards too. They will be in the shop once I can reopen.

I will also be selling lights and scissors too.

Progression

Thank goodness for technology. Our members of the Progression Group have in the last 7 weeks been meeting virtually every fortnight. I is great to chat and see what each member has been up to. We are still working on items for our exhibitions once we can restart them.

It is hoped that Granchester will go ahead but we will see what happens.

 

Workshops

As I eagerly away the governments decisions about reopening  businesses I am in contact with artists who have had to move their workshops this year. So far we have moved Rachel and her pen an ink Drawing class to October. Alison Hulme is the same date unless we cannot open and Amanda Hislop also remains the same date.

The regular workshops are on hold until further notice. I am hoping July they may be able to resume with lower numbers attending to keep us all safe.

Eau Brink Smallholding

What do our animals think of this 7 week safety procedure so far? Who knows but they are getting a lot of attention.

The sheep have been sheared and are all healthy but not happy at being penned in now. The chickens are happy and laying massive amounts of eggs. Only 2 of the cockerels are fighting. And that is because one of them coverts the others house. We will see how that plays out. They are at opposite ends of the fields but that is not stopping our Steve wanting what the little one has.

Two chickens are broody.

The geese are sitting on an egg which we hope will hatch this week. The moorhens has hatched 4 eggs so we have little pompoms running around the garden now.

All that’s missing is a dog. I think I will have to remedy that as soon as I can get out and about.

Keep safe everyone

Anita

 

 


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