New Year 2021
The New Year of 2021 has arrived and we are once again kept in our homes to try and stop the spread of the Virus. Luckily we now have the vaccine to help combat it. We are told that by Easter we should have some sort of normality return to our lives.
A Huge Thank You
I want to thank you all for your support during the last year. Just knowing you read my little blog helps me keep motivated. I know I am very lucky to still be in business in this New Year of 2021 as many are now closing their doors.
At this moment in time Eau Brink studio is open for Children’s after school workshops as per Government Guidelines and the numbers are restricted to a maximum of 8. For more information on the new terms workshop just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/art-club-11yrs-and-older-2021-01-14/
It is hoped that the Government review will enable us to open our doors again for the other workshops fairly quickly. Until then I am putting videos onto YouTube again. The latest is a quick one on how to make box pleats. The next one will be how to dye fabric using Shibori folding Techniques and Procion Dyes.
Our first Progression meeting of 2021 will be a zoom meeting at 11 am on the 6th January.
Bookings are open for all our planned workshops throughout the new year and as you can imagine the popular workshops are getting booked. Such as Amanda Hislop where we only have 2 spaces now available.
The first big workshop of the year is with Suzette Smart making these fabulous Embroidered Bird Boxes which make a lovely gift for anyone to use in their homes for little storage boxes. Once you have learnt the technique you can apply it to any shape box.
I am looking forward to this one as I plan to use the technique during 2021 as a way of packaging gifts for family and close friends. Saving purchasing wrapping paper which just gets thrown away. What better way than to give a gift with a pretty reusable box?
As John and I could not workout what to purchase each other as gifts for the festive season we decided to purchase a 3D Printer for the studio. John being an excellent engineer is in charge of it. That means he has to work out how to work it and I just tell him what I need printing. Of course it also means that you can discuss with John any needs you may have for replacement parts for any equipment or new equipment you may need. Also I have discovered you can print stencils which will be more robust that the commercial types so should last longer. That means you can send in your designs and get them printed. I will keep you informed on his progress. But if you fancy coming to see it working please get in contact so we can arrange it with all Covid safety guidelines in place.
It is not just us humans who are currently being kept in. Once again Bird Flu has arrived and we have to keep our chickens ducks and geese in. The problem with keeping chickens in is they get bored and start to pick on each other. With this in mind we put bark down for them to scrape through to get the bugs that have wondered into the enclosure and I spend time making they special cakes with yummy vegetables and rice to eat. Along with strings of vegetables and fruit hanging around the enclosure for them to find. We also put in food containers for their normal food which makes them stand onto a plate to get the food. Once the growing season starts we will grow plants around the enclosures and over them so they grow into the fencing and they can enjoy them too.
The ducks and geese are another story. We have purchased a new polytunnel for them and as soon as we can get it up we will put them into it. In the hope they do not escape. They are very good at escaping any enclosure we have tried so far.
Talking about escaping they sheep have managed to get out of their part of the garden again so we have now decided to leave them out until we can get new stock fencing. It is easier. With their winter coats they are huge and nothing gets in their way when they want to go somewhere.
These little loves are now 6 months old and full of mischief. They have also found their voices and like to bark at everything and everyone. So that is another part of their training to be quiet. They have learnt a lot so far……… How to pinch clean washing as it is folded into the basket and run off with it. How to come when called as this means a nice treat. How to sit when told. But the biggest achievement is how to ask to go out when needed. They still like to be sitting on a lap and given lots of attention.
Thank you all once again for your support over the last year and in anticipation for the new year of 2021.
Wishing you all a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR.