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August 1, 2020
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Eau Brink Times

Eau Brink  Times can report that Eau Brink Studio is now fully open again. We really kicked off this weekend with a two day workshop with Alison Hulme.

An amazing two days of printing using Acrylic paints, Fabric medium and Brusho.

Everyone worked hard in the heat to create fabulous fabrics for later use. Luckily the ice creams arrived just on the second day just as we all needed a little pick me up.

Day one

Of this fantastic workshop at Eau Brink started with Alison discussing her technique for transferring colour and pattern onto fabric. This followed with a demonstration and advice on how to use the paints.

Throughout the day Alison kept us informed going with a number of instructions, and demonstrations along with a few anecdotes about her life and friends which had us laughing.

By the end of the first day we were all tired but very happy with our results.

Day two

Started with a bit of drama as the gazebo blew away in the wind but we still managed to get so much done with moving the outside tables into the shade as best we could.

Some of us made fabulous pinnies with the help of Alison of course but others preferred to buy a pinny and just print mountains of fabric for future use.

Many times throughout the the two days Alison made us laugh and it was a welcome change from all the sadness  that we have all had to contend with recently.

To see more of our pictures pop over to our facebook page and see what we truly got up to.

It is lovely to see the studio full of life again after so long of it being quiet and unused.

Small Holding News

Of course Eau Brink Times also covers the small holding news as I know many of want to keep up with whats happening to the wild life.

As many of you know we had to separate one of our female ducks from the others as she was in a terrible state due to an over amorous male. Not her mate either.

I can now report she is fully recovered with the exception of a few of her wing feathers which are growing back. She is very happy with her true mate in their new enclosure where she cannot be got at. Much to the other males disgust.

We have not had a visit from the fox for a week or two now so with a bit of luck it has given up or moved on.

The chickens are doing well and we have one who will not go into any of the houses for the night she roosts in the trees near the BBQ.

The sheep do not like this weather at all it is far too hot for them. So they spend a great deal of time under the trees keeping cool and running into the rain when it comes.

Mind you it does not stop them eating. The fruit trees are getting a bashing as they want the fruits to drop.

The bees are not doing so well with this constant weather change.

But they do have enough honey for themselves and we will of course let them keep it. However, I have explained to them it would be nice if they could just produce a little more to share with the humans.

Coming Up

Experimental Wednesdays are back on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to book in go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-4/2020-08-19/ for August. but if you follow this link it will take you to all bookings for other months too.

Dawns Gems is returning to us on the 22nd of August for the morning to get a little taster of her Diamond Art. Suitable for families. Ages from 3 years upwards. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/diamond-art-taster/

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop is now full.  Amanda Hislop’s workshop is filling fast with only 3 spaces available now. To book go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/amanda-hislop-paint-collage-and-stitch/

Progression in Textiles

We are happy to announce that we can go ahead with our exhibition in Grantchester Cambs CB3 9NQ on the 24th and 25th of October. From 10 am untill 4 pm each day. Entry is free and we will have refreshments available. The group has worked hard to produce work for this exhibition and are looking forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


April 11, 2020
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Keeping Going at Eau Brink Studio during our confinement.

What does that mean?

It is easy to sit around and worry about what is going to happen. Watching the the news does not help at all as I find it all very depressing. I would prefer it if they told us about the good things. Such as how many people have recovered from this dreadful illness.

Now I find I do not watch the news anymore. Nor do I respond to anything negative on my social media feeds. Eau Brink Studio is looking to the future. And that means a huge clear out of items not used or not likely to be used.

Fabric stash first.

Looking at it all has made me realise I do not use most of it. So the outcome is to use it up over the next few weeks and I will post on Social media what I make with it all.  What on earth can it all be used for? We will see what transpires. At the  moment I am using some of it to make fabric bowls. Sitting in my garden outside the studio. This is helping me stay focused and keeping the studio going.

My favourite fabrics are 100% cotton and hemp. Old hemp is far better in my opinion but can be equally expensive.

Were you aware that Hemp was part of our heritage? It was important for textile, paper, rope and oil production. Indeed, hemp was so important in England in the sixteenth century that King Henry VIII passed an Act of Parliament which fined farmers who failed to grow the crop. … Hemp, as a fibre crop is like flax (which is used to make linen).

It is returning but not to the same degree unfortunately. What a great way to restart another of our industries by producing affordable hemp fabric in the UK.

Alison HulmeI like plan fabrics that I can print on or dye. That way I am in full control of my work and not working around others colours and patterns. And one of my favourite workshops is with Alison Hulme who visits once a year to help me and others to do just that. Print all we can for two days. So far we have kept Alison’s workshop open as we are hoping the restrictions are lifted by the end of July.

Keeping Going means with a bit of luck we may be able to open by the end of June and we can then plan to bring back the delayed workshops. It will be a welcome change to meet friends again. Eat cake and discuss textiles, art and crafts. Something to look forward to.

 

 

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 

 

 


November 10, 2018
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Making your own unique lampshades has just become easier than you thought.

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Procion dyed hand made lampshade

Why not join us and learn  Shibori style techniques where you can create a colourful lampshade in this one day workshop at Eau Brink Studio.

The day will start at 10 am with a little bit of Health and Safety followed by learning how to use procion dyes. Then the fun starts with everyone dyeing their fabrics. After lunch when they are dry we will be making a  lampshade using your own dyed fabrics..

shibori lampshades
stunning hand dyed hand made lampshades

All materials included for £50.00.

Refreshments included but not lunch.

 

 

Schedule Appointment


September 8, 2018
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Making your own unique lampshades has just become easier than you thought.

studding lampshades
Procion dyed hand made lampshade

Why not join us and learn  Shibori style techniques where you can create a colourful lampshade in this one day workshop at Eau Brink Studio.

The day will start at 10 am with a little bit of Health and Safety followed by learning how to use procion dyes. Then the fun starts with everyone dyeing their fabrics. After lunch when they are dry we will be making a  lampshade using your own dyed fabrics..

shibori lampshades
stunning hand dyed hand made lampshades

All materials included for £50.00.

Refreshments included but not lunch.

 

 

Schedule Appointment


July 28, 2018
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Enjoy a day at Eau Brink Studio Learning how to dye fabric using Procion Dyes.

fantastic patterns
Its bright.

The day starts at 10 am with introductions and a brief discussion about health and safety.

Anita will give a quick demonstration on how to mix the fabric solution, dyes and then how to fold the fabrics to create the patterns.  then Anita will show you how to apply the dyes to create the colour combinations.

You then get to do your own and you are free to play with your folding to see what patterns you can get.

After lunch you will unwrap your fabrics to see what you have achieved.

Included in the price is Egyptian cotton fabric pieces, dyes and solutions, refreshments but not lunch.

Free off road parking is available and the accessible for wheelchairs.
Schedule Appointment


July 14, 2018
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Making your own unique lampshades has just become easier than you thought.

studding lampshades
Procion dyed hand made lampshade

Why not join us and learn  Shibori style techniques where you can create a colourful lampshade in this one day workshop at Eau Brink Studio.

The day will start at 10 am with a little bit of Health and Safety followed by learning how to use procion dyes. Then the fun starts with everyone dyeing their fabrics. After lunch when they are dry we will be making a  lampshade using your own dyed fabrics..

shibori lampshades
stunning hand dyed hand made lampshades

All materials included for £50.00.

Refreshments included but not lunch.

Schedule Appointment


June 30, 2018
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Enjoy a day at Eau Brink Studio Learning how to dye fabric using Procion Dyes.

fantastic patterns
Its bright.

The day starts at 10 am with introductions and a brief discussion about health and safety.

Anita will give a quick demonstration on how to mix the fabric solution, dyes and then how to fold the fabrics to create the patterns.  then Anita will show you how to apply the dyes to create the colour combinations.

You then get to do your own and you are free to play with your folding to see what patterns you can get.

After lunch you will unwrap your fabrics to see what you have achieved.

Included in the price is Egyptian cotton fabric pieces, dyes and solutions, refreshments but not lunch.

Free off road parking is available and the accessible for wheelchairs.
Schedule Appointment


June 10, 2018

Phew, Open Studios Ended today for another year.

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Its has been very busy making, demonstrating and chatting to people of all ages.

Some people were well known to Eau Brink Studio whilst others are new to us. Thank you everybody for stopping and chatting to me. Also a big thank you to Christine and Sandra for helping me out over the weekend at the Embroiderers Guild exhibition. You are shining stars.

The sheep will now be happy as they can roam about all day.

Welcome to our new subscribers. Each Sunday I sit and write this blog to show you all what I have been up to and what is coming up over the month. As well as what is new.

 

On Wednesday the Experimental group met as usual being the first Wednesday of the month. We worked our way through some of Maggie Grey’s workshop with fantastic results. You can see them on the Eau Brink Facebook Page.

Inspired by Maggie Grey

This piece is layers painted onto Vilene using inks, Acrylics and Gesso.

Everybody used different stencils with fantastic effect.

We also dyed Silk Rods and stitched into them to create more texture. In some cases we stitched over Cords which we made first using our sewing machines.

 

Then we cut up the main piece and started to assemble them in different ways.

 

 

Mixed media is one of the most interesting ways of creating art, and exciting items for the home or office. Especially if you experiment with different media. No only do I love this way of working I never plan it. For me just gathering a few materials together and then sitting down and seeing what happens is exciting.

 

At the moment my favorite media are Xpandaprint and Scolabrush crystals. Mixing these two creates endless pieces of textured art. Just like this one.

The background it Scolabrush and the shell is Xpandaprint with Acrylic paint to make it look like a fossil.

Once the painting is completed I added Acrylic wax to set it and then stitched it all over to make the fossils stand out further.

 

 

So what else has been happening at Eau Brink.

The most annoying thing is the Post Office has decided to change our address from Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage Eau Brink, Tilney All Saints, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE34 4SQ to Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage, Pullover Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE34 4SG. I have no idea why but they are going to find out how much of a problem this is now causing me as I have to change all the literature, and I have to inform all my suppliers as well as you my customers. Apparently they have already made the change before informing me.

On Saturday I will be at the Rainbow festival at Fakenham Racecourse. Come on over for a fantastic day out with live music and lots of fun.

For the rest of the month we have the lovely Alison Hulme coming for two days and just after on the Saturday I will be teaching a workshop for beginners Natural Dyeing. For further information on the dyeing day just click on the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/natural-dye-day/

Just a last note on the regular workshops.

Monday evenings are Embroidery. Suitable for beginners who want to learn a new skill or for anyone wanting to rekindle old skills. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/embroidery-monday-2/2018-06-18/

Wednesdays are Experimental days where you can try something new or use up a kit with a little help from me. Or just come and play as I really do not mind the mess. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday/2018-06-13/

And before I forget:

During the summer school holidays the Saturdays have been allocated to the younger generations. Where they can come and learn new skills with sewing and mixed media. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/young-textilers-5/2018-07-27/

stay Inspired

 

Anita

 

 


June 3, 2018
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The first week of Open Studios has gone with a blast. I started at Thornham for the weekend where I met many people who liked the work at Textiles in Action.

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This years brochure

The visitors have continued to come to Eau Brink Studio throughout the week to see what its all about. Thank you all for coming and a big thank you to our new subscribers too.

Whilst being in the studio all day every day I have had the opportunity to update my website and add in all the new workshops so why not check them out at www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/ This page takes you to the calendar where you can look on any date your free to see whats on.

The very latest to be added is Clare Hedges who is going to teach us Passementerrie. That means making lovely tassels and fabulous little acorns and covered buttons. This is a two day course on the 6th and 7th of October. The price includes all materials.

Lovely little Acorns
Handmade Acorns.

So whats been happening Eau Brink?

The lambs are growing fast and love to give mums the run around. Though now mums are getting to the stage where they do not worry so much about them.

We have two new chicks one is pure white at the moment and the other grey. I can’t wait to see what they look like when fully grown. We also have a broody hen sitting on eggs. Hurrah I hope she succeeds in bring them to life.

The moorhens have hatched out one brood and they have left the nest to free mum up and she is now sitting on another set of eggs.

The water vole has been busy digging even more holes in the bank of the lake. and the fish are now jumping up out of the water to catch the bugs. The Red Hot Pokers are looking fab around the lake.

Great Lake
Lovely Red Hot Pokers.

Just a reminder of this exhibition.