studio Archives - EAU Brink Studio

April 27, 2020
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What are you doing? This is what I hear from John when he pops into Eau Brink Studio.

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I have spent the past week in the studio reorganising and cleaning.

Clearing our cupboards that have been in need for a long time now.

Making decisions on how to move forward for the future. And this is what I am going to do.

Powertex

What are you doing about the Powertex? I have decided that I am no longer going to work with Powertex or teach it. I am still in two minds whether to keep it in the shop but we will see.

My decision for stopping this service is based on my having taken it as far as I can with my textiles and have found the only thing I really do enjoy making with it is the brooches.

Schools

As many of you know I have already given up going into the schools to teach art and crafts. I had been approached to return to two schools but have decided against it. This is because it takes a great deal of preparation for the small amount of time I have with the students.

Progression

I love this group and with the members we are planning great things for our future. Exhibitions are our intention. We are also considering a stand next year at the NEC. Including workshops by our members. Other exhibitions will include open studios, The Makers Fair in Norwich and hopefully Granchester. We of course will be looking at other venues to exhibit. Our exhibitions include the sale of our work and in some cases we will encourage sales tables from other artists. We are very excited about our future. Even at this time we hold a regular Zoom meeting to keep each other motivated.

Workshops

I am planning next years workshops now and am approaching artists to join us at Eau Brink studio. What am I doing? I am ready to add to the calendar some workshops for eco dyeing, Procion dyeing, and resist dyeing.

Other workshops will include the Experimental Wednesdays which I am considering making more structured as they used to be. With a different technique each month to explore.

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Alison and her lovely pinnies

I am hoping Alison Hulme will return but this is not the time to contact her about work. But of course I will update you on her workshops as I know.

Amanda Hislop too which we will discuss at her workshop this year if we can still go ahead in September.

Cas Holmes may also visit next year if she is free.

Melanie Missin too of course as we had to cancel this years workshop.

These are just a few of the artists I am in contact with for the new years calendar.

West Norfolk Artists Association

This groups exhibitions are always popular and as an exhibitor I can say I do look forward to them. The artists are all very focused on producing high quality art which is popular. I will continue to exhibit my work through this association in the coming year.

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Just finished this hat.

My personal work will involve two things.

I am looking to concentrate on using the heat press for as long as I can get new things to work with it. I love the speed of it and the different results I get with different media. The plan is to work with the heat press and soluble film. The combination can either be fabulous or disastrous but we will see what happens. Could add another element such as Tyvek too.

Most of the items I make are going into my shop at Long Sutton.

The other aspect of my work is also in Long Sutton at the Tearoom.  I have been playing with cakes and deserts during this enforced closure and can report that our customers who have home delivery are enjoying the new flavoured cheesecakes as well as the little sweet pies. I am looking forward to returning.

John will always say What Are You Doing to me when I am in the studio as he does not understand what I get up to but he does like some of the results. Particularly the new work.


December 29, 2018

Wishing you a happy new year for 2019

What does that mean to you?

For me it is the end of a spectacular year of new experiences, as well as making new friends.

I have grown personally and my business has grown thanks to you guys.

I have attended many fairs, taught at groups, clubs and schools. From each of them I have learnt something ready for the next one.

The Studio

The studio workshops have been amazing with amazing learners returning again and again. I feel very lucky to be able to consider many of you as friends.

No all of the workshops have been successful due to the lack of numbers booking onto them but that does not mean that I will not try again in the new year.

I do take note of what I am asked for by everyone. Unfortunately I do need a minimum amount of learners if I am paying another artist to teach the workshop and if I cannot book enough in then it does have to be cancelled.

2019

2019 will be a year of me producing more of my own work rather than just workshops and popular items to sell. I hope that you will like it. It may be at times traditional but mainly it will be mixed media as I like to see how I can push the boundaries with products.

I am looking forward to helping the King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild to grow so do watch out for us in King’s Lynn. If you would like to come along to our meetings we will be at Knights Hill in the pubs meeting room. On the last Wednesday of each month from 19.30. You do not have to be a great sewer as the aim of the guild is to encourage and teach.

I will be stepping down from the St Germans Ladies committee in January but will remain a member. I hope the new committee continue to grow the group as it is great.

The shop will be up and running at Long Sutton Craft Barn in Early January so do come along and see whats on offer.

I will be teaching workshops at The Silverwood Centre also in Long Sutton commencing in January. Regular workshops include Creative Stitching using your sewing machine,  Shibori style dyeing and Lampshade making. There are other items being taught at the centre so go along and take a look. I can highly recommend the tea shop. I love the bacon and brie sandwiches.

Get In touch

If you have any ideas for your development then get in touch on 01553 762115, [email protected] or just pop in and see me. Kettle is always on.

Thank you for being part of my wonderful life. Wishing everyone of you reading this a very happy new year.


July 30, 2018

Running your own studio sounds like the perfect dream. And it is for me. But it is not as easy as many think.

I am reminded on a regular basis by many people of how lucky I am to be able to work when it suits me.

Many say things like ” oh your so lucky to be able to get up when you like” ” you can take a day off when every it suits you” and my favourite one is ” if you don’t feel like opening your studio any day you are are lucky because you don’t have to”  The reality is I do have to. To make enough money to pay the bills I have to work all the time. There is no switching off at all as many independent business owners will tell you.

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Working with only two colours

Why I am Writing about this you think?

Because I have met a number of people who want me to tell them its okay to leave their nice safe jobs and careers to start up their business. I cannot tell anyone to do it but I can tell you how it is of me.

I get up at 6 am most mornings to make sure that I have everything ready for the day. On workshop days I bake fresh cakes for my lovely customers. I then come into the studio and finish setting it up for the day. A workshop day starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. However, there are times when it over runs and times when customers stay for a chat. Once everyone has left the premises I then clear up and reset the studio for the following day.

On days where there are no workshops I spend my day making items to sell, or during school term times prepare items for the children to make. Or  I may be attending a fair and that again means a long day and lots of preparation and packing and unpacking of items at the end of the day.

 

I  do all my own ordering,  spend time  finding the best bargains but not the cheapest items as I want to use good quality fabrics and threads.

Accounts have to be kept to send to the accountant, Plans have to be made for the coming weeks and for the year. These are completed in the evenings. And on the evenings like Mondays when I am teaching I do it afterwards. There is also the website to keep up to date, social media to plan and schedule and the booking system to be kept up to date. Again by me as an assistant is out of the question.

My day usually ends with me bathed and in bed by 10 pm but working on the planning or looking up what to teach for the weeks workshops. I usually fall asleep whilst doing this.

There are the occasional days that I do take off, or shall we say take out of the studio where I attend network meetings for women in business where we have to set targets for the month and be accountable. This makes me do the things that I always leave to the last minute. One such group has a great lady running it who will make me break the jobs I do not like down into small chunks so that it is easier to do them.

What about family time I hear you ask? I am a workaholic and always have been but I do plan a away day a month for my lovely man, son and me. I also take a a week of in August for a family get together. And of course Bank Holidays are off to spend with family. I take the occasional evening off to have dinner with friends too. So its not all work.

This lifestyle does not suit everyone but I enjoy it. And this is the reason why I cannot tell anyone to take the plunge but can tell you my working life is the same for most business owners big and small.

She is very hot but mum called her out to eat

Many of you ready this already know most of the above and know that I have a number of animals to care for too. but do you also know that I host Airbnb experiences in the studio? or that my home is registered on Airbnb too? that mean a lot of breakfasts to cook and a huge amount of linen to launder. And yes I do iron it too.

So my advice to anyone wanting to take the plunge is plan it, cost it, and be prepared to work all the hours you can.

Thank you for reading this little bit of news.