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January 15, 2020
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Wow What a Start to 2020

Wow I What a Start to 2020, I cannot believe how busy it has been so far this year.

Starting with the Tea shop in The Barn. We have had an excellent start to our new venture with meeting new customers and providing lovely food and drinks daily. We are open 7 days a week from 10 am till 4 pm at the moment and when the clocks go forward we will be open from 9 am till 5 pm except Thursdays which are late opening until 7 pm.

Thank you all for popping in and if you have not yet made it to our tea shop I look forward to seeing you there.

Workshops

Powertex

I did announce a few changes for this year to the programme but have not been able to implement them yet as I have had customers book onto one or two of them before the changes. There fore the Powertex and Sewing machine confidence will remain for the time being as it is on the last weekend of the month.  there is still room on both if you wish to book. the Powertex is on the 26th and the Sewing machine confidence the 25th of January.

New for 2020

Ink drawing

A new workshop for Eau Brink Studio is Ink Drawing  with  artist Rachel Collier-Wilson to learn about drawing with ink in a relaxed and inclusive environment at Eau Brink Studio.

During the day, working with dip pens and black ink on paper, various methods of creating lines will be introduced and practised. These will include creating shapes, form and texture using this fun and versatile medium.

Rachel will start with a demonstration of ink drawing and then we will work on warm up techniques and practicing using the pen. In the afternoon you will be able to work on a more sustained piece and Rachel will be able to provide as much or as little tuition you would like.

ink drawingWe will work on a couple of still life subjects using these methods, please bring along your own inspiration if you would like. You can draw first in pencil before committing to drawing with ink.

Beginners are welcome to this ink drawing workshop – this course is suitable for all abilities. Rachel can provide dip pens and black ink for participants. Paper will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

You do not have to be able to draw for this workshop as Rachel will help you.

 

As some of you who like to attend Alison Hulmes workshop have informed me that it may not be possible I have added a Gelli Plate workshop on 14th March which will be fun but I will not have all the items Alison brings along such as her fabulous Thermofax screens.

This is only part of the things happening at Eau Brink but I think I will leave you for now and then write again soon.


October 20, 2019

No Sew Baubles

Join us at EBS Retail in The Barn, Long Sutton for a workshop making No Sew Baubles.

Kits are provided for just £5.00 and you can take home your finished bauble.

These baubles are easy to make, Are great as gifts, long lasting too.

Although the fabrics are festive patterns once you know how to make them you can use any fabrics for any time of the year.

Bring along a thimble

 


August 31, 2019
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Amanda Hislop will be returning to Eau Brink Studio for a two day workshop. Mark making and texture…A Sketchbook exploration using the local environment.

Sketchbooks are an important element in the development of Amanda’s work.

These books are a place to be free and explore ideas, keep references and working samples. A big part of Amanda’s working practice and are used as an inspirational resource in the teaching of workshops and summer schools.

Amanda offers a creative workshop exploring a free approach to generating ideas through a working sketchbook, looking at abstract ideas and personal themes relating to land and seascapes, an enjoyable experience working in a relaxed atmosphere discovering personal creativity.

 

Using the local landscape Amanda will teach us how to fill our sketchbooks with lines, colour and depth. Taking away the fear of drawing and sketching.

Helping us to understand that we are not taking a picture of what we see but making a representation of it for our own art work.

You do not need to be able to draw for this workshop. Amanda will help you to see the landscape in a very different way.

 

Amanda Said:-

‘Mark making and texture…a sketchbook exploration using the local environment’

A creative sketchbook workshop; personal approaches to exploring the local environment. Experiment with mono type drawing and mark making, Frottage, collage, folding and tearing to develop exciting sketchbook pages. Work with simplified drawn lines, resist wash and layered tissue to create paper surfaces to fragment into a series of abstract images relating to the local environment for development into personal sketchbook pages for mixed media and textile work.

Requirements list

The tutor will bring a selection of sketchbooks and resources to inspire.

 

  • A small stitch bound sketchbook and drawing materials of choice, include drawing pens of various thicknesses and preferred colour medium, e.g. inktense blocks or pencils, neocolour, koh I noor dye based colour (some will be available to use)
  • A number 10 or 12 round brush to use with colour wash and ink.
  • Scissors
  • Cheap baby wipes for cleaning hands etc.
  • Apron/overall and plastic gloves if you wish to use them.
  • A hairdryer is useful 

Papers, threads and art materials, equipment and resources for student use will be supplied at a cost of £4 approx.

 

Feel free to bring any papers or materials you may wish to experiment with.

book early to ensure your place

Schedule Appointment


June 22, 2019
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What a fabulous week. Alison Hulme visited with her lovely husband for two days.

It has been a very busy week at Eau Brink Studio. I am now making many items for a variety of fairs as well as the shop.

Trying out new ideas and techniques have been high on my agenda this week. But the most exciting part of the week was the visit by Alison Hulme and her husband.

Getting the studio ready.

On arrival Alison proceeded to to empty her car into the studio where we covered tables and laid out a huge array of thermofax screens, mark making materials and paints for all our learners to use.

By 9 o’clock all was ready for the next two days workshop and we relaxed for a while before retiring.

Day 1

Up early to bake a cake for the customers and put on the urn. Fruit bowl filled and we were ready by the time our customers started to arrive.

After introducing Alison I sat and enjoyed the day of printing and over dyeing with procion dyes. There were lots of fabulous fabrics being printed with lovely colours. Alison is an excellent teacher who can get the best out of anyone at her workshops.

Day 2

Unfortunately I could not to attend day 2 but when I could pop in I was amazed at all the lovely fabrics and prints. I was over whelmed by the help and support I received from regular learners. I humbly Thank you. Also, I thank you  for the lovely medicine that arrived. The clearing up was quick and efficient.

Alison arrived home safely and in a good time.

The feedback for the workshop has been great and already I have been asked if Alison will be returning next year. This is something I need to discuss with Alison in the near future. I will keep you posted.


November 11, 2018
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We all know that preparation is key but there are times when no matter how hard we try outside influences can impact our plans.

What do you do to plan your week?

I have an excellent diary planner which has the whole year planned out. I know where I should be each day as well as the preparation I need to do.

My week starts on a Sunday evening when I should get my blog finished ready for the social media to send it out to you all on Monday.

I then look at what I need to have ready for each day. This week I need to add in extra towels and rollers for an added workshop for felt flower making. I need to Plan a workshop for Monday afternoon, cut out many flower shapes for the school on Tuesday, ensure there is plenty of cake on Wednesday.

The website needs updating, the social media scheduled emails need to be kept on top of.

Then I get to spend the rest of the time making lovely items for the fairs and shops. Which means cutting them out once I have decided what I need. But not this Sunday as I have been at Dents Farm.

 What a fabulous weekend we have had. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. And thank you to all our customers old and new. It was lovely to see you all.

 

 

So what’s coming up then I hear you ask?

Christmas Decorations

November 24 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

£25.00

Do you fancy making your own decorations for Christmas using traditional techniques?

Then join us at Eau Brink Studio on the 24th of November for Christmas Decorations with Clare Hedges.

We will be starting at 09.30 and finishing at 1pm. Clare will be supplying all the materials.

All you need to bring is yourself and your scissors. Refreshments included in the price.

Making Christmas decorations using traditional techniques is not as hard as you think.

Clare will supply all the materials and equipment so you will just need to turn up and follow her easy instructions.

Of course Clare is on hand if you get stuck and need a little extra help.

Once you know what to do then you can make these decorations all year round for other celebrations in many colours.

Beginners Skirt Workshop

November 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

£25.00

Beginner level at Eau Brink Studio.

Using a simple pattern, Create a skirt in this one day workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you caught the sewing bug?  Are you waiting (patiently) for the sewing bee to come back on our screens? This is your chance to get ahead with your winter wardrobe and sew a skirt for you.

Starting with learning how to read the pattern, Pippa will take you step by step to create a simple skirt.  Learn how to finish seams to prevent fraying, Stitch a dart, put in a zip and everything else in between to create a skirt.

 You’ll need:

·       A pattern.  Most of the pattern companies have a beginners/ simple section to choose a pattern from.  If you like the look of some of the indi pattern companies you could try Sew me somethings Viola skirt or for a slim pencil skirt, Liesel and co super sharp pencil skirt.  Simple sews Kiera skirt or The Named Azara skirt works for those that like a little more flow of fabric.  A quick search for skirt patterns will give you lots of choice, just remember, the less pieces it appears to have, the simpler it will be to put together and the more likely you’ll be to make it in a day.

·       Fabric- your pattern will give you an idea on the back as to the type of fabric to choose, if in doubt, ask a fabric shop assistant.

·       Thread and machine needles to match your fabric

·       Sewing machine

·       Sewing kit i.e. Scissors (Paper and Fabric) Pins, Hand needles, Tape measure etc

·       Zip, if your pattern requires one

·       Interfacing-choose a weight that’s slightly lighter than you fabric.  If in doubt ask an assistant.

Powertex Thursday

November 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

£20.00

Want to Discover the Possibilities of Powertex? You can on Powertex Thursday.

Powertex
Fabric Bowl with Powertex

Learn how to manipulate this versatile medium, giving you the start to get creating…

Have you recently purchased a Powertex system, but are finding it tough to get results?

Perhaps you have heard about the potential of this fabric hardening system to create beautiful and distinctive structures?

Although Powertex can produce outstanding results, you are not alone if you are struggling to make this environmentally friendly product work for you.

If you want a practical grounding in using this sculpting medium then Powertex Thursdays is the perfect solution.

Designed to give you the skills and know how to capture your creative flair, this course takes place at Eau Brink Studio under the supervision of Anita O’Neill.

Available for £20.00 this 2-3 hour course gives you all the basics needed to make a jar or brooch. Whole days are also available for support with larger projects.

This course gives you the following…

  • All your materials are included – in the overall course price and extra products are available for a small cost to ensure you achieve the result you desire.

 

  • Initial demonstration – watch as Anita goes through all the basics necessary for successfully bringing your ideas to life with this exciting medium.

 

  • Positive learning environment – work with Powertex and share information and findings with other artists and creatives in a fun, energised atmosphere.

 

  • Refreshments – including Anita’s famous cakes and cups of tea to get the inspiration flowing around the room.

Experimental Wednesday

December 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

£20.00

Mixed Media

There are many ways to decorate fabric and paper using stitch, dyes, paints and other mediums. But have you ever thought about mixing up the paints and stitches? What about making your own surface to stitch into or to add to using paints or other embellishments? How many kits are lurking in your craft room or cupboards that you have not used yet?

 

Experimental Wednesday at Eau Brink Studio is a day where you can be free to experiment using any medium you like. We have put paper to fabric, made paper, dyed fabrics and used the left over dye as ink. 

We look around us and think about what everyday objects can be used for in our experimenting. for example: take some rusty objects and lay them over and around fabric. Leave for  a few weeks and then unwrap. Lovely rust dyed fabrics to sew into. 

 

Snow is something many dread. We look forward to it as then we can use it to dye fabrics using Procion Dye crystals.

The world around us makes many synthetic fabrics which can be coloured and then heated to make the most fantastic surfaces. Such as Tyvek, Lutradour, and of course everyday plastics.

Every Wednesday from 10am till 4pm. From £20.00 per day and then additional costs for materials. Refreshments included but not lunch.

Gain an Expressive Flair and New Confidence Working with Mixed Media

 Learn the techniques that will give you the basis for a developing your creativity and own personal style at Eau Brink Studio.

Have you been on a course or show that has opened your eyes to the possibilities of working with textiles, paint, inks, wax, acrylics and other types of mixed media?

Want to take your artistic productions to the next level and develop a range of skills that you can explore in your own studio or home workshop?

If the answer is yes, then the Experimental Wednesday Course at Eau Brink Studios with Anita O’Neill could give you the boost you need to take your creativity to the next stage.

Designed to teach you everything you need to get the results you want from mixed media – this 6 hour course is available for £20.00.

This workshop gives you the following:

  • Introduction phone call – Anita will talk to you before the day to ensure that your chosen technique is covered during the course.

 

  • Lecture sessions – where you learn not only about your technique but get an insight into everything that is being taught during the day.

 

  • Practical demonstration – going through a clear, step by step approach that gives you enough time to truly understand how to use each technique.

 

  • Workshop – practice the techniques you have learned, with Anita on hand to give you all the support and assistance you need.

 

  • Cake and refreshments – bring your own lunch, but Anita bakes her own special cakes to keep you sustained in the afternoon.

 

Taking place in our spacious and relaxed Eau Brink Studio, simply bring your own materials or let us know and we’ll provide them for you. Be inspired in this artistic space and share ideas with others on their expressive journey.

For 2019 we start out in January  with

Mels up-cycled Lampshades

Then we have …

Small Objects of desire with Cas Holmes

Followed by a one day ..

Cas Holmes – Postcards

And we also have..

Print and Make with Alison Hulme

followed by..

Amanda Hislop – Sketchbook workshop

If you are interested in any of these workshops please click on the title and it will take you to the website so you can take a look at what we will be up to. If you fancy it just click on the schedule appointment button. Any problems give me a call on 01553 762115.

And as you can see I am planning right up to the end of 2019. There is more planned but as I have not finalised things I do not feel I can publish them. So keep watching and reading.


October 1, 2018
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Cas Holmes – Images and Narrative in Textiles Restructured AT Eau Brink Studio over the weekend.

Friday was a frenzy of preparation before collecting Cas from the train station in the evening.

Early start on Saturday where cakes were baked whilst Cas organised how she wanted the studio set up.

Enabling her to teach and demonstrate her processes to the students for the day. by nine o’clock we were ready. A good job as well as the first students started to arrive at nine fifteen.

We were not told what to aim for or how to finish our work at the beginning.

One of the main worries was what to aim for but that would have stilted our flow of creativity. Cas did inform us that we were going to be using our found materials to create a book but not in the sense of a traditional book with a cover and pages that all fit neatly into the bound cover.

This piece is in progress using the found materials, mark making and art materials.

 

At the beginning of the first day Cas broke the ice by getting the students to select a piece of paper and fold it then write their name on it before passing it onto the next person. This helped introduce the students to each other and get them to converse. As the pages were passed on each time a different fold and different marks were added. This then could be used for the first page or for the cover of the book if desired.

Throughout the two days Cas brought us back to her table periodically to demonstrate her processes. Encouraging us to be brave and use  colour and line from the substrate to extend the shapes in a way that enhances our work. And if you don not like it change it.

Layers were added to a fabric backing to help hold them together using CMC paste. The paste gives you the flexibility to make changes as you work as it is not permanent.

This flexibility is great when wanting to take items off the piece or to move them to another area. You can continue to move pieces around right up to the time you start sewing.

This helps your work develop organically. A way I love to work.

For some of the students this was a totally new way of working and they found it a challenge as they were used to planning each stage of their work.

Others wanted to explore each process further but that can take time.

 

Extending colour from the materials used by adding water based ink or paints helps to bring in tones as well as blocks of colour. Drawing into the piece helps with keeping it interesting with subtle drawings and outlines.

These can be stitched into at a later time either by hand or by machine.

Cas pointed out to us that stitching is  an art form using a needle instead of paint or pencils.

A debate then commenced about why the art world did not like to recognise stitch as a form of art. A big subject.

 

Once we were happy with the pages of our book and we had worked our covers it was time to think about putting it together. Something we did overnight as the work dried.

Day two was all about the sewing.

Cas demonstrated how to set up a sewing machine for free motion embroider. And pointed out that we had to remember that the needle is our new drawing tool.

Everyone had their own favorite sewing machine and this led to a  discussion on how the different machines performed especially when used for free motion embroidery.

 

Once we had finished using the sewing machines to add stitch and texture we moved onto hand stitch.  Even at this late stage you can add and remove layers. Stitching through paper works wonderfully if you want to get a specific design onto your piece. Then just pull the paper away.

At the end of the workshop we spend thirty minutes discussing how we felt about our work and what we liked about the process.

 

Cas encouraged each and everyone of use to critique our own work and to take on board what others said about it.

It turned out that many of us were not that confident about our work and this process helped us see what others saw in our work. This gave us the confidence to continue working into it once home.

This workshop was very enlightening and demonstrated that you do not need to go out and  buy the latest gadgets and materials to create a fabulous piece of art.

The was Cas Holmes works shows the artist that you can use these new skills for most forms of art. Cas has demonstrated all over the world it can be of any size and shape.

Thank you Cas for a fabulous two days.

I would also like to thank all of the students for making it a very friendly and informal group who were happy to share ideas and encourage each other.


August 31, 2018
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Young Textile students are learning all the skill needed for a career in Textiles fashion and art at college.

Hand and machine stitch
Is it water or bark?

But are you getting enough experience and practice to excel in your chosen field?

Do you want to push the boundaries and make more of your art?

If you do then you need to come to Eau Brink Studio and learn how to use art materials for Textiles. Learn how to incorporate traditional stitch into your art.

For 6 weeks only in the summer. Cost includes materials and refreshments but not lunch.

Schedule Appointment


August 24, 2018
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Young Textile students are learning all the skill needed for a career in Textiles fashion and art at college.

Hand and machine stitch
Is it water or bark?

But are you getting enough experience and practice to excel in your chosen field?

Do you want to push the boundaries and make more of your art?

If you do then you need to come to Eau Brink Studio and learn how to use art materials for Textiles. Learn how to incorporate traditional stitch into your art.

For 6 weeks only in the summer. Cost includes materials and refreshments but not lunch.

Schedule Appointment


August 20, 2018
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A Busy Week at Eau Brink Studio teaching, making and organising new mugs and coasters.

On Monday a lady and her daughter came to learn how to embroider onto calico. The aim was to make little bags to put herbs in to raise money for a local carehome.

Tuesday was all about the stitching. Machining items to sell such as the scissor holders. Aslo learning how to make small items of interest for craft stalls.

Wednesday children arrived to make a memory book, using many art techniques. At the end we printed out the pictures of them working to pasted them into the books. It was a great day of fun and mess.

At the end of the day the books looked fantastic.

 

Powertex Thursday. We had a lovely group in this week including a father and daughter who spent the day making brooches, dog tags, this lovely heart, and may other items. The interaction  in the group was great with everyone sharing ideas and helping each other to create fabulous items using Powertex. Our next Powertex workshop is on Thursday 23rd of August from 10am till 4pm.

 

Friday saw young textilers coming in to learn how to fill up their sketchbooks with colour techniques. They went on to make felt and use the sewing machines to make cords and use solvable film with free motion embroidery. To see what they go up to follow this link. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/255423328628941/

And Saturday we enjoyed a day of Eco dyeing. Where we used a mixture of flowers and foliage from the garden as well as dried natural dye stuffs. The results were amazing and to see what we got up to just follow the link. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/280654236087539/

Steaming flowers in fabric to be unwrapped the next day.

Sometimes the studio was very fragrant with fruit and flowers and I have to report there was one dye pot that smelt like rotten spouts.

If you fancy joining in on any of our workshops just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/

Whats coming up?

Every Thursday is Powertex Thursday and you are welcome to join us at any time.

Wednesdays are Experimental days and on the first Wednesday of every month we have a lovely group of ladies who have got together to form the Experimentals group. This group is almost at capacity now so if you fancy joining them come along and meet the ladies to see what we get up to.

We are fast approaching September and that means Abigail Mill, Cas Holmes workshops. Along with the regular workshops of Embroidery Monday, Experimental Wednesday, and Powertex Thursday,

I will also be at Downham Market selling items at a craft fair on the 2nd of September and at The Hand Made Fair at Hampton Court for three days from the 14th of September.

Come along to say hello at any time as the kettle is always on and I always have home made cakes for you to enjoy.

See you soon.

Anita

 

 


August 17, 2018
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Young Textile students are learning all the skill needed for a career in Textiles fashion and art at college.

Hand and machine stitch
Is it water or bark?

But are you getting enough experience and practice to excel in your chosen field?

Do you want to push the boundaries and make more of your art?

If you do then you need to come to Eau Brink Studio and learn how to use art materials for Textiles. Learn how to incorporate traditional stitch into your art.

For 6 weeks only in the summer. Cost includes materials and refreshments but not lunch.

Schedule Appointment