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Join us for Finding Your Feet and taking steps at Eau Brink Studio.

A follow up to the fantastic 2019 workshop Finding your Feet, where we learned how to use the many feet from our sewing machine and more.

Detail of sewing machine and sewing accessories.

A Creative play day where you will explore the capabilities of your sewing machine feet. Suitable for those of you who are wishing to become more familiar and confident with their machine feet and accessories. This will including participants on the 2019 Finding your Feet Workshop. You will use a variety of feet, needles and techniques.  You will then be sampling ideas to  incorporated into a mini project for you to take home.

For those of you who were not on the initial workshop but would like to join us, Pauline will help make your confidence grow.  This is so you can use your machine to its full potential.

What to bring for finding your feet and taking steps

Bring with you

  • sewing machine
  • box of accessories
  • the instruction book if you have it.
  • fabric and threads to use
  • your lunch.

Pauline will bring with her three or four choices for the mini project. Along with a selection of materials and items you can purchase from her on the day.

Information on Pauline.

Pauline Wrighton is a retired teacher and experienced tutor. who spends many happy creative hours in her own studio. The common compulsive element in all her work is stitch. It combines diverse materials and a variety of techniques, both traditional and experimental. Fabrics may be created from raw fibres or re-cycled materials, others hand coloured and textured, de-constructed or altered. Works often develop spontaneously, colours and textures dictating the development of the piece.
Pauline is largely influenced by my rural surroundings, with organic, natural forms providing a favoured conceptual source.

Exhibitions

To see Pauline’s work you can visit exhibition with West Norfolk Artists. Mixed media collaborative group ‘Links and Layers’  and participates over many years  in the  Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios scheme.

Schedule Appointment


April 25, 2021
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‘Line: colour: texture in landscape…exploring concertina books

Once again Amanda Hislop will be joining us at Eau brink Studio for two days of exploring and making. This time we will be making concertina books from very small scraps of papers and fabrics.

Developing personal character and style; take an intuitive approach to developing ideas in response to aspects of landscape, through exploration in a concertina style sketchbook. Observe closely, looking for line texture and colour, to find the essence and characteristics in your personal choice of landscape generating abstract ideas for development in personal projects.

Use a combination of line, printed and found papers and collage to respond to observations within landscape, be free and explore those empty sketchbook pages…colour, cut tear and fold.

Refreshments and some materials provided. Bring your lunch and lots of enthusiasm .

This workshop books quickly so don’t delay.

Schedule Appointment


April 24, 2021
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‘Line: colour: texture in landscape…exploring concertina books

Once again Amanda Hislop will be joining us at Eau brink Studio for two days of exploring and making. This time we will be making concertina books from very small scraps of papers and fabrics.

Developing personal character and style; take an intuitive approach to developing ideas in response to aspects of landscape, through exploration in a concertina style sketchbook. Observe closely, looking for line texture and colour, to find the essence and characteristics in your personal choice of landscape generating abstract ideas for development in personal projects.

Use a combination of line, printed and found papers and collage to respond to observations within landscape, be free and explore those empty sketchbook pages…colour, cut tear and fold.

Refreshments and some materials provided. Bring your lunch and lots of enthusiasm .

This workshop books quickly so don’t delay.

Schedule Appointment


November 5, 2020
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ANOTHER LOCKDOWN

How fed up are we now ? Another Lockdown to make life a bit more challenging. Luckily at Eau Brink Studio teaching can continue as we are educational. But of course the café and my physical shop are now closed.

EBS Retail

Although the physical shop is closed for the next four weeks that does not mean that all work has stopped. We are planning a big clean and revamp. we hope to add a new ceiling to help keep it warm and the fabrics will be taken off the rolls and put on flat cores so it is easier for you to see them. Also it is easier for me to cut them too. We have many fabrics in now all natural fibres such as linen and cotton. I am hoping to get some Linen Hemp too.

You can still order from my website and I have asked the techy guys if they can add click and collect onto the shipping section so that you can either collect from the studio in King’s Lynn or from EBS Retail in Long Sutton. Until that can be completed you can email me or message me with your needs and we can sort it out from there.

Progression in Textiles

Our monthly meetings are always informative and friendly. This month we took care of business quite quickly and then spent time looking at each others work and helping each other over our difficulties. The work being produced is amazing. We cannot wait for our first exhibition in 2021. Hopefully we can continue without any  further interruptions.

Our first is planned for February in The Forum in Norwich, Then in March the NEC. During the year of 2021 we have planned to exhibit in Norwich, NEC, Granchester, Brancaster, Wells, and King’s Lynn. We will run competitions and hopefully have sales tables too. Maybe a little make and take if all the restrictions are lifted and life can get back to some sort of normal. For more information please go to our facebook page and like it so you can keep up to date with what we are up to.

Eau Brink Studio

The studio is open for our regular workshops such as Experimental Wednesday. Numbers are limited and booking must be through the booking site. Sadly  There will be no visiting artists until next year if all restrictions are removed. Kids club is still happening every other Thursday evening until the end of the school year. Next year they are running during the school term times.

4 weeks of lockdown may seem a long time but I bet it goes quickly. I have loads of work to be getting on with such as finishing work for the planned exhibitions next year and restocking my shop. This means the studio may get a little messy some times but that is half the fun of working with textiles, paint, paper and inks. Not to mention dyes too.

This year I have been amazed at the level of support I have received from family, friends, customers, acquaintances and people I have never met. You are all amazing.

I feel I am so lucky to have you all in my life.

Small Holding

So what are we up to in the animal world then?

Of course many of you are aware we have two new puppies. Who are settling in well but still have their frightened moments.

Luna and Lucy are rescued dogs who were found by the side of the road with the entire litter. They were the only two alive. I didn’t intend to have two dogs but when I was told of their beginning in life I could not separate them.

As they grow and get braver they get naughtier of course. It is very hard to tell them off though.

They have been to the groomers for their first pamper with us and coped very well. They are not happy with car journeys yet but it is early days.

You will see them if you visit the studio as they are now getting used to being in the with me. They will stick their noses in your bags, climb up on your knee for a little lovin and run off with your threads.

The fox is still visiting and we are still trying to keep it away but I think the time is coming to try and trap it. I have called in the pest control and hopefully they can stop the chicken population from further devastation.

The sheep are not at all bothered by any of what is going on so long as they have food. And can push over the fences as they find that fun.

For now we are just looking after everyone and preparing for the winter months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 24, 2020
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October at Eau Brink Studio has been very busy. Even living with the continued threat of lockdown we are keeping our spirits up.

Visiting Artists

We started the  month with Amanda Hislop finishing her workshop with us on the 1st.

It was an excellent two days of working with very small pieces to depict a landscape shoreline. This piece is by one of our learners which she has made into a concertina book. Amanda will be returning to us in April and already we only have two spaces available.

If your wanting to join us just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/line-colour-texture-in-landscape-exploring-concertina-books/2021-04-24/

 

After this workshop we were enthusiastic and loved the idea of working with smaller pieces to create a larger piece of art or a book.

The next visiting artist was Rachel Collier-Wilson who taught us how to drawer using a dip pen and ink. The results were amazing and we got to grips with the pens a lot quicker than we all thought. Rachel is an excellent tutor and encouraged us all to try and work freely which is harder than you think. Practice is needed. But when you have a fabulous pen and ink it is much more fun.

Using it to shade your work is a little tricky until you get  used to it of course.

Rachel will be returning to us on November 28th to teach us how to make lino prints. This workshop will be live on the website in the coming week.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/.

Next Years Programme

Next years programme is coming together nicely and the website is being updated at regular intervals. I was hoping to get it finished by the end of October but am a little behind. You never know I may get it there before November. Not only are we organising visiting artists for most months, Ruth Holmes is going to be teaching regular workshops throughout the year. Some for half a day and others for the entire day. That means much more cake to consume.

During the school term time Anita has started an art club for 11yrs upwards. This started this week with two lovely young ladies who are keen to learn how to move their art forward using different media. They are practicing drawing with their entire arm to free up their work. This is every other Thursday so Twice a month. Numbers will be kept at 8  children to ensure each learner is given the help they need as well as safe with the current guidelines. Materials are provided as well as hot chocolate and cake.

Progression in Textiles

Unfortunately we have had to put on hold our exhibition at Granchester this month and differed it to next year.

This does not mean we just sitting and chatting at our meetings. We are all working hard on next years exhibitions. A great deal of planning and organisation is involved. All members are working towards us having a great year showing off our makes. These include works of art to hang and 3d work. Where permitted we will also include make and take when possible due to current restrictions being lifted.

We are hopeful that our year will commence at the Forum in February with the Makers Festival.

EBS Retail

The shop is doing well at the Long Sutton Emporium. Lots of new fabrics in stock and little kits for stocking fillers. Yes it is that time of the year when we look for gifts for the coming season. I have installed a small heater to keep the shop from getting too cold. The aim of having this shop was to enable me to cease attending lots of shows and fairs over the year. Although I have achieved this I do miss the fairs. But I am booked into NEC in March so hopefully will see some old friends and new if it goes ahead. I will be running a competition for this where the winner will be able to pick up their winnings from my stand. Details to follow.

Smallholding

We have once again been visited by the fox. Poor cockerel is no longer with us. With this problem returning we have our new puppies who are in training to protect our livestock. Unfortunately the livestock are not impressed at the moment but then the girls are very small. Once fully grown the fox family will not dare to visit our lovely girls and handsome chaps again. We do have 4 chicks under the lamp and we think one is a cockerel. They still have some growing to do so are very safe in their current home. We also have some rehoming hens arriving next month so will encourage the dogs to patrol the perimeters during their walks to hopefully deter any fox coming into the premises.

We are now looking for a very nice boyfriend to service our lovely Lincoln Longwool sheep. Over the next week or two the girls will be fully occupied for a few weeks. I love seeing lambs in the spring and really did miss them this year. We tend to do this during the end of October as it delays the birthing to after the show animals are born. Just in case we need a vet to attend we will miss the busy season.

This little princess is now fully grown and it will be her first time introduced to ram. I am sure she will behave like a lady.

Wednesdays I am in my studio either teaching, supporting or just sewing. On the two Wednesdays when there is not a workshop on you are welcome to pop in for tea and cake. Visitors are always welcome at Eau Brink Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


September 6, 2020
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. Batik with Jenny O’Leary at Eau Brink Studio.

Two days of learning how to use hot wax with inks and bleach to create fabulous designs on tissue and fabric.

Day 1 we will concentrate on working with tissue paper. The following day is fabric.

Saturday – Trees – batik on tissue

Using the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees this could be the structure, leaves, shape, seasons or topiary. We will work with wax, bleach and inks and traditional and non traditional tools on tissue paper  to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting workshop allowing for exploration and discovery. No experience necessary.

Sunday – Seedpods & natural forms – batik on fabric

The beautiful shapes of seedpods and natural forms will be used as inspiration to create batiks on cotton.  Working with hot wax as a  resist we will use paint on dyes  to create imaginative interpretations of the theme.

All work from both workshops is suitable for further development with stitch

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop commences at 10 am and we finish at 4 pm.

Refreshments are included. However you need to remember your lunch.

 

Requirements list for both days.

Apron

Hairdryer

Disposable gloves

Pritt type glue stick

Scissors

Images for inspiration of trees and seedpods.

White or light papers, ie handmade paper, book pages, watercolour paper, lining paper these will be used as a backing for the tissue paper. A3 max.

White or cream cotton fabric, which can be vintage or pre used, or textured. Also muslin and calico Two pieces approx A3 in size should be sufficient but a few small pieces to experiment with is good

Optional – a stretched canvas up to A3 for day 1

Schedule Appointment


September 5, 2020
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. Batik with Jenny O’Leary at Eau Brink Studio.

Two days of learning how to use hot wax with inks and bleach to create fabulous designs on tissue and fabric.

Day 1 we will concentrate on working with tissue paper. The following day is fabric.

Saturday – Trees – batik on tissue

Using the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees this could be the structure, leaves, shape, seasons or topiary. We will work with wax, bleach and inks and traditional and non traditional tools on tissue paper  to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting workshop allowing for exploration and discovery. No experience necessary.

Sunday – Seedpods & natural forms – batik on fabric

The beautiful shapes of seedpods and natural forms will be used as inspiration to create batiks on cotton.  Working with hot wax as a  resist we will use paint on dyes  to create imaginative interpretations of the theme.

All work from both workshops is suitable for further development with stitch

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop commences at 10 am and we finish at 4 pm.

Refreshments are included. However you need to remember your lunch.

 

Requirements list for both days.

Apron

Hairdryer

Disposable gloves

Pritt type glue stick

Scissors

Images for inspiration of trees and seedpods.

White or light papers, ie handmade paper, book pages, watercolour paper, lining paper these will be used as a backing for the tissue paper. A3 max.

White or cream cotton fabric, which can be vintage or pre used, or textured. Also muslin and calico Two pieces approx A3 in size should be sufficient but a few small pieces to experiment with is good

Optional – a stretched canvas up to A3 for day 1

Schedule Appointment


August 29, 2020
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Eau Brink Studio Today

Eau Brink Studio today is a very different story from when we started our little enterprise.

Art Studio Kings LynnAt the beginning we were open for classes taught by other tutors with a varied workshop list.  I had plenty of time to spend making items and practising my own art and skills.

The studio was relatively tidy most of the time and the fabrics were all kept in lovely neat spaces.

As we progressed and time marched on I found that I was teaching more and more and we were attracting tutors from further afield.  This meant less time for me to work on my own practice and the studio was more often in a mess.

Today we are established as a studio for textile art and crafts. Many other tutors return yearly to teach from afar and new tutors are being introduced regularly too.

I have managed to claw back time to spend in the studio on my own work by creating a new group which I can be me and work on improving my own skills. It is a lovely group which we are keeping small so that we can all help and encourage each other to move our work on.

The studio still has days where it is a mess but mostly now it remains relatively tidy. Though at the time of writing this there is fabric everywhere.

So whats new?

Kits are new. Lots of them too. Many are aimed at beginners to textiles from making cushions to panels for a quilt. Some are still in the development stage and others are ready to packaging.

These kits will be added to the website shop and well as being sold in the physical shop at Long Sutton.

Next Years Programme

Next years programme is almost completed and is very exciting. In the next few days the calendar will be updated and the new workshops will be added.

Included are our regular tutors and some new ones such as Alex Waylett as well as Jenny O’leary.  All being well we will be able to have a big workshop each month along side our normal workshops.

Talking of normal workshops we are going to be expanding those too with a little help of one or two local tutors.

Exhibitions

Next years exhibitions are also in place now and we are looking forward to attending the Makers festival in Norwich in February, The NEC in March, Open Studios, Brancaster in August and Granchester. With a little bit of luck these will all go ahead.

Terms and Conditions

Our terms and conditions have been updated and now are added to the intake forms when booking. Once you have read them and ticked the agreed box your booking can continue. These include the Covid-19 and consent to photography too.

 


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Understanding My World can be a little tricky even for me.

I shall try and explain what I mean.

I like to plan things in advance and do have an excellent diary planner to help me with this. However, outside influences tend to get in the way of a perfect plan. That means re-evaluating each day, week or month. Normally not a real problem but with the Covid-19 situation it is a real challenge.

Gaining an understanding of my world in real terms is simple as I write it but in reality it is quite complicated at the moment.

Eau Brink Studio

Firstly I need to try and keep visitors to the studio safe. So hand gels, good soap, single use paper towels, aprons and gloves are all available. And have always been but now with larger quantities. Having to remind customers to use them gets very tedious but has to be done according to my insurance company.

The next thing is to reduce the numbers attending workshops. This raises difficulties with fully booked workshops as when I email the attendees I do not want to disappoint anyone and a decision has to be made. Do we cancel? Do we split it into two workshops? or do we offer full refund to anyone coming from another area which may or may not increase the risk of spreading the virus. This is one of the tricky problems that needs to be solved.

The most amazing thing about my world is the support I have from family, friends and support groups. Most people I meet want me to succeed in my work.  The studio is a happy creative space that has a positive vibe. Everyone who visits no matter in what capacity is friendly and wants to support others in the room.

Most of the feedback from others about my own art is pretty positive. Even if they do not understand it.

 

EBS Retail

My little shop is doing well now that the Emporium is open again. New stock is arriving daily so it will soon be full. The challenge of getting the stock in at the moment is suppliers working short staffed. Couriers working long hours trying to get our packages out to us and of course how it can be delivered safely. This means we have to be patient for delivery can be a little slower than we want.

Small Holding

Great Lake
Lovely Red Hot Pokers

My world has been very up and down with the small holding. Our visiting fox has returned and is taking our girls again. Even one of our cockerels had a close call. I think it is a case of watching and waiting to catch it. On a much happier note we have hatched two ducks and have chicken eggs in the incubator so fingers crossed.

The outside space will be used for workshops more and more now. We will be erecting covered areas to work in as year progresses. Some temporary and maybe one or two more permanent.

On the whole my world is looking fabulous and no matter what is happening in the wider world I will keep on sewing and creating.

 

 

 


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Another Week in quarantine at Eau Brink Studio and the weather is like winter now.

Week 8 started with a freezing cold wind  and grey cloudy sky. The fire was lit in the evenings to keep warm. Just like winter time again. The result of this change in the weather was a damaged garden brolly and the felt being ripped off my shed. So urgent repair needed there.

fleeceThe poor sheep had a hair cut the week before when the sun was shining and far too hot for them. But they do not appear to care as still wondering around munching anything they can get to. And I have 4 lovely fleeces to process.

Then back to spinning practice again.

Small holding update

We have been very busy sorting out the animals. The fencing is now all completed and the sheep have access to two areas. Much to the annoyance of the chickens. Who also share the same areas. But they will all settle down I am sure.

We are getting plenty of eggs each day now and the baking has commenced with earnest. That keeps the family happy.

Unfortunately the geese did not manage to hatch their egg. They are off the nest now and back on the pond with the ducks. Such a shame as I was looking forward to seeing the goslings. That reminds me. Those of you who visit regularly will know Tina the brown duck. She is very old now and coming to the end of her days. But she still manages to get about and is eating well. But she does fall over a lot. So we will see how she goes.

The moorhens have hatched four babies who are running around with the parents quite happily. They even go to the chicken food and pinch it.

The Studio

I have had a major clear out in the studio and this week will be no exception. I am planning to get the rest of the unfinished work completed which will free up space. Projects will be moved to the Long Sutton Emporium out of the way.

We have put up a new soap dispenser in the facilities which has a antibac foam hand cleanser in it. We always had paper towels so did not need to make any changes there. Also we have put up a new dispenser with three sizes of disposable gloves in and disposable aprons too. Although we have always had this equipment available it has not always been visible and easy to get to. So now it is.

It is hoped that we can reopen for workshops in the beginning of July. I am going with the government guidelines on this so if we can we will operate with limited spaces in the workshops and insist on customers being sensible and not attending if feeling unwell in any way.

Workshops

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This is how to do it girls

If we can open in July then Alison Hulme workshop may be able to still go ahead. I will discuss this with Alison when she is ready. As we will need to look at numbers and decide if it is safe to run this very popular workshop. Those who have already booked will be notified first  and any other spaces with be advertised nearer the time.

All other workshops are either still running with safeguards in place or have been rescheduled to another time. Check with the website as they will be on there but you may not be able to book as I have closed some of the booking dates.

We are still not taking any bookings until the week commencing 3rd July at this time. But this may change over the coming weeks.

To have a full programme again we are looking at next year now. Why don’t you let me know what you want us to put on? Just email at [email protected] and say who you want to visit as a tutor and what you want to learn. I will contact the tutors and ask them if they can fit us in. We need to act now on this as many are already booking up next year and beyond.

Whats New?

I have spent this time sorting out new packs for the shop and kits which I hope will be ready soon. To find out more keep an eye out on the website shop and social media.

There are new cushions in the shop at Long Sutton, New needle cases, cards, and zippy bags just to mention a few.

Fabric, fabulous fabric. I am looking at stocking more fabrics. And of course Jelly rolls. I am not looking for the cheapest but good quality such as Irene and Butler, we will see what I can get. Also a greater selection of threads. Possible Gutterman or Madeira.

There will also be more quilting supplies and lights in the shop so keep an eye out. If you want anything specific let me know and I will get it in for you. Deliveries are now arriving more quickly as more companies return to work.

YouTube

Just a quick thank you for looking at my YouTube channel and for following me on there. This has been a challenge for me as I am not comfortable in front of a camera but I think with each one I am improving a little. You never know I may get the hang of it at some point.

 

Take care and stay safe

Anita