work Archives - EAU Brink Studio

May 25, 2020
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The 10th Week of the Covid-19 lock down has started with a Bank Holiday.And it is a lovely sunny Monday just right for working in the garden and planning the future.

EBS Retail

The shop is being moved from beside the tea room to a larger space at the Emporium. This is in readiness to become a agent for The Quilted Bear company and stocking their items.

Also we are working to stock fabrics of various types including Lewis and Irene fabrics amongst others. A staple fabric is Calico at 60 inches wide as well as a good cotton.

This picture is from Lewis and Irene Humming bird collection. The aim is to purchase one collection at a time to build up stocks and see what customers like. The only problem is I will want to keep it all.

 

Eau Brink Studio

I have spent many hours planning what to do with the opening of the studio after what seems like an endless break. And I feel that we need to have an open day full of cake and tea. Just to chat and meet again before we get back to the real business of making fabulous art and of course making a mess.I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new again as it has been 10 weeks and counting.

Depending on what the Government say on Thursday we could be opening again for July. That will take us up to week 15 which will be a good break for safety precautions. My intention is to open on Monday 6th July all being well.

Keep an eye out for social media confirmation for this date as well as further emails.

Progression

Our fortnightly Zoom meetings are a huge success. We love getting together and chatting as well as showing what we have been up to. This has kept us inspired and working towards our goals.We are hopeful that our last exhibition will still be able to take place at Granchester . With this in mind we are planning what we can do to make sure it is a success. To keep up to date with out news just pop over to our Facebook page and check us out. I

And Finally

And finally the 10th week has found me looking around the website for Eau Brink Studio and discussed with my techy guys what we can do to improve it. So over the coming weeks you should see some changes being made.

Also Amazon Handmade is being up dated too and we will have some fabulous new pictures to use for all our on line presence. Including our shop on the website and social media. Can’t wait to see them when they are ready.

Take care of yourselves

Anita

 

 

 

 


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.


July 16, 2019
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It is Exhibition Time at Eau Brink Studio, which means that I have work in many places for you to see.

Firstly at The West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in St Nicholas Chapel over the Weekend of the 13th and 14th. We has so many visitors that we worried we would run out of cake but the lades did us proud and kept everyone topped up with tea and cake.

The exhibition was a resounding success, with many visitors and fabulous comments from all. The committee worked hard to make sure that everyone how submitted work had it all displayed.  The stall holders encouraged all visitors to look at the exhibits and vote on their favourite.

 

The next Exhibition is in September at Wymondham and current works are already being prepared for that one.

Whats Next?

I have been making cushions for my home and now will be working on cushions to add to my shop with Christmas themes just for fun. More on those in coming blogs.

Experimental Wednesdays

Experimental Wednesdays will become a new group for the first Wednesday of each month called Experimental Textiles. The aim is to get it set up for the first Wednesday in September. Current Experimental Wednesday customers have asked for this for some time now and it has taken me a while to get it sorted out. We will have to restrict numbers so that there is plenty of space to work in.  I will continue with another Experimental Wednesday on the 3rd week of each month for those who do not wish to belong to the new group.

The aim of Experimental Textiles is to push boundaries with our work and to be part of the exhibition during Makers Month in February each year. We will also be organising fringe events during February at Eau Brink Studio. Also we will run an exhibition during the Open Studios in June each year. During which we will run workshops and demonstrations for visitors.

Do not be thinking it will all be ultra modern work as we can also push traditional works by using modern colours and fabrics as well as threads. Such as a piece called Blue Bird by a lady called Katherine which uses strands of blue threads stitched in Blackwork pattern and a 3D wing which is needle woven.

New Equipment

The studio is currently being moved around to accommodate a new super large printer for group members to use for larger pieces such as wall hangings and quilts if they wish.

This printer will also be made available to other groups and individuals from September 2019.

And just because I can

Our new cockerel is producing little babies just like this one who is two days old.

 

 


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.