April 6, 2022
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PROGRESSION in TEXTILES

 

Progression in Textiles is a group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year, Meeting at Eau Brink Studio.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how we have  moved our practice on from basic beginnings to finished pieces.

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and intend to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits. Each year the members of the group plan to concentrate on a different technique  or subject to explore. As work progresses more than one technique will be involved adding already explored work into a new piece. Or part of previous works.

At our Textiles in Progress exhibitions you can see everything connected with the subject including the rejected pieces. Talking to the artists will give you an insight into their world. showing you how a piece was constructed including workbooks and samples.

Also whilst at some exhibitions you will be able to take part in a Make and Take. Make and Take is a great way to learn a new skill or to just have a go.

Our members want to help you learn and progress in your own practice of work so do ask questions.

Exhibitions

In 2021 we hope our exhibited work can be seen in King’s Lynn at open studios, Norwich at the Forum, Brancaster Village Hall and the NEC in March and we are looking at the possibility of somewhere else in Norfolk nearer the end of the year.  For further information check out the Facebook page at regular intervals, in case of changes due to Covid.

Progression in Textiles is a group of eight and if you wish to join us please get in touch on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk 


March 2, 2022
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PROGRESSION in TEXTILES

 

Progression in Textiles is a group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year, Meeting at Eau Brink Studio.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how we have  moved our practice on from basic beginnings to finished pieces.

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and intend to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits. Each year the members of the group plan to concentrate on a different technique  or subject to explore. As work progresses more than one technique will be involved adding already explored work into a new piece. Or part of previous works.

At our Textiles in Progress exhibitions you can see everything connected with the subject including the rejected pieces. Talking to the artists will give you an insight into their world. showing you how a piece was constructed including workbooks and samples.

Also whilst at some exhibitions you will be able to take part in a Make and Take. Make and Take is a great way to learn a new skill or to just have a go.

Our members want to help you learn and progress in your own practice of work so do ask questions.

Exhibitions

In 2021 we hope our exhibited work can be seen in King’s Lynn at open studios, Norwich at the Forum, Brancaster Village Hall and the NEC in March and we are looking at the possibility of somewhere else in Norfolk nearer the end of the year.  For further information check out the Facebook page at regular intervals, in case of changes due to Covid.

Progression in Textiles is a group of eight and if you wish to join us please get in touch on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk 


February 24, 2022
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Lantern Making Workshop with Anita O’Neill

 

All materials are provided for this excellent lantern making workshop.

Anita will guide you through the process of making your worn lanterns which make a great edition to any room. Battery night lights included with the kits so they can be used as soon as you get them home. Brilliant for kids bedrooms as nigh lights, or as a decorative light highlighting your pictures or art printed onto fabric or paper.

If you want your pictures printed onto fabric for this workshop, just bring along your picture  printed onto A4 paper using high resolution and Anita will print it onto a paper for printing onto fabric using the heat press.

Once printed onto the fabric you can decide on the positioning for your lantern, And your ready to make it shine.

Lunch is not provided so bring along something to eat. Refreshments are included such as fruit, cake and drinks.

Schedule Appointment

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

The studio is light and airy and there are all sorts of hand and machine stitch workshops, Powertex and Eco dying.
Experimental Wednesdays takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, where you are more than welcome to explore stitch and other textile art skills.
Anita will make you welcome and there might be other visitors there to chat with and share the experience . Cake and hot and cold drinks are available on tap through out the day.  You will also find lots of other items for sale. Die Cut Kits can be collected from the Studio if preferred.

Long Sutton Emporium:

EBS Retail is the name of Anita’s shop at Long Sutton Emporium where you can get kits amongst many other items that Anita makes and buys in such a needles and threads as well as fabric.
The long Sutton Emporium is situated on the A17 .look out for the bright orange signs.


February 2, 2022
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PROGRESSION in TEXTILES

 

Progression in Textiles is a group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year, Meeting at Eau Brink Studio.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how we have  moved our practice on from basic beginnings to finished pieces.

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and intend to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits. Each year the members of the group plan to concentrate on a different technique  or subject to explore. As work progresses more than one technique will be involved adding already explored work into a new piece. Or part of previous works.

At our Textiles in Progress exhibitions you can see everything connected with the subject including the rejected pieces. Talking to the artists will give you an insight into their world. showing you how a piece was constructed including workbooks and samples.

Also whilst at some exhibitions you will be able to take part in a Make and Take. Make and Take is a great way to learn a new skill or to just have a go.

Our members want to help you learn and progress in your own practice of work so do ask questions.

Exhibitions

In 2021 we hope our exhibited work can be seen in King’s Lynn at open studios, Norwich at the Forum, Brancaster Village Hall and the NEC in March and we are looking at the possibility of somewhere else in Norfolk nearer the end of the year.  For further information check out the Facebook page at regular intervals, in case of changes due to Covid.

Progression in Textiles is a group of eight and if you wish to join us please get in touch on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk 


January 5, 2022
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PROGRESSION in TEXTILES

 

Progression in Textiles is a group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year, Meeting at Eau Brink Studio.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how we have  moved our practice on from basic beginnings to finished pieces.

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and intend to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits. Each year the members of the group plan to concentrate on a different technique  or subject to explore. As work progresses more than one technique will be involved adding already explored work into a new piece. Or part of previous works.

At our Textiles in Progress exhibitions you can see everything connected with the subject including the rejected pieces. Talking to the artists will give you an insight into their world. showing you how a piece was constructed including workbooks and samples.

Also whilst at some exhibitions you will be able to take part in a Make and Take. Make and Take is a great way to learn a new skill or to just have a go.

Our members want to help you learn and progress in your own practice of work so do ask questions.

Exhibitions

In 2021 we hope our exhibited work can be seen in King’s Lynn at open studios, Norwich at the Forum, Brancaster Village Hall and the NEC in March and we are looking at the possibility of somewhere else in Norfolk nearer the end of the year.  For further information check out the Facebook page at regular intervals, in case of changes due to Covid.

Progression in Textiles is a group of eight and if you wish to join us please get in touch on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk 


January 4, 2022
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A New Year Brings New Opportunities

 

Handmade lampshade
Shibori Style Lampshade

We are all told that a new year brings new opportunities but what does that mean in real life?

The first thing that comes into mind is the roof is now fixed and John has the opportunity to decorate the house.

For me it is a time to reflect on what didn’t work last year, what needed improvement? and how can I move forward for the next year.

I recently read an article on chain reactions and how this affects our lives. Of course we all know that our actions have consequences but putting this into practice for our business can be tricky. Here I will try and explain what I am thinking.

New opportunities do not in reality just fall into our laps as we would like to think. I have found that I have to go looking for them and at times ask for help to achieve a goal. I may be a small one but if I need help to get there then I will ask.

But I have to say I do not always ask for help when I really need it as I like to try and do things for myself. This can mean a missed opportunity. So maybe it is time for me to remind myself that in this world there is help everywhere and I do not need to do everything. The one thing that I do need help with is time. There is  never enough time.

So the first thing I have done is organise for a gardener to quote and do the gardening each month for me. That is the big stuff for now like removing the brambles and helping prepare the veg patch. Then second thing is organising my cleaner to help with the spring cleaning. One room at a time. Just these two things have the potential to save me loads of time so I can concentrate on the studio stuff.

The next thing I have completed is a weekly plan so that I am not charging about all over the place to get things done. I have allocated one day a week to the house and garden. Two days to the shop and the rest for studio work. Now I have no idea if this is even going to work but I will give it the first three months of  the new year to see what the results are.

More studio time means more completed works and more time to meet new people and perhaps teach a little bit more. It certainly does mean more time for me to attend classes held at the studio so I will be looking at bringing more in this year.

More finished works means more exhibitions to show them.  Which means meeting more people and perhaps some of those people will book into the studio to either teach or to learn.  More finished works means trips to the framers and meeting more people  too. You See more opportunities.

Also more finished works means more stock for the shop. Talking about the shop I have been organising new items for it from Colourcraft, and a few other suppliers so that I can have everything we need in the shop ready for the workshops. That will free up space in the studio too. It will take time but I will get it full of lovely items for us to use.

There are a lot opportunities out there even during this trying time and finding them can be a challenge. But I want to be able to make the most of the year in every way I can. I want to be busy all the time as I start looking for things to do if I am not. That is not always good. Cleaning out a cupboard for example usually leads to clearing out a lot of items not used for some time and trips to the charity shops and rubbish tip. he guys do not like it when that happens as I then turn my attention to them and their rubbish.

Mind you taking items to the charity shop usually leads to more opportunities as I usually find something to buy for a project.

I would like to create opportunities for others too so I am looking for new tutors for the studio. They can teach their own craft or art and it can be for any time from half a day to a weekly course if they like. If your interested or know of someone who may be interested please do get in touch on 01553611009.

Progression in Textiles meets for the first time this week. We will be looking at the years exhibitions and making sure we are fully organised for them. These will be great for us all to meet new people to discuss our work with. Do look out for us at The Forum in Norwich, The NEC at Birmingham and in Brancaster. We will be part of the open studios but have not decided on where to exhibit yet. We will keep you posted of course.

Take care

Anita

 

 

 


December 15, 2021
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Four Reasons Why Creating Art can be Hard

Have you ever wondered why creating art can be hard? There are four reasons that I can think of.

There are many thoughts on this subject which so I will just touch on the subject. What did you think of when you read the heading?

Experimental Machine stitchThe first thought for many will be that you have to be able to draw to create art.  This is not at all true. We are all able to create we just need to decide on what we like to do and how we want to do it. Art can be anything from drawing simple sketches to producing the most amazing pictures, sculptures and instillations. And they can be made using any medium you fancy. Pictures can be drawn, painted, digitally created and stitched. Sculptures can be from wood, ceramics, stone, fabric, threads and yarns. Anything really. And that also goes for instillations.

I think art is just the term used for creating something pleasing and perfecting the use of a medium. In my case fabric and threads. For many it is mastering the use of colour and texture or line drawing. It really can be anything you want it to be.

So why do we find it so hard?

Well the worse thing of all is when you hear someone who does not like your work picking it to pieces. They either do not like the colours, or the textures. Maybe they think it is not well made or too complicated. At first this is a challenge as being only human we get hurt when we have spent many hours making something to hear someone rubbishing it within minutes of seeing it. But we have to get over that and I like it when I hear someone critiquing my work so I can join in the conversation. I usually introduce myself and then ask them why they think the colours are wrong. Many times individuals think I put the wrong colours together because they would not do that. But that’s okay I know what I like and who’s to say if its right or wrong? Many of the individuals cannot justify why they are pulling my work apart so I tell them its okay for them to have an opinion.

The next thing that we can worry about is what the finished item looks like. Should it look like the inspiration? I say no. The inspiration is just the start. If you take a picture why would you recreate it exactly as it is?  you already have the picture. Move it around, change the colours, just use one part of it and see where that takes you.  It takes many years to feel comfortable with your own art and there is always something you can change but I think that is all part of the learn curve.

One more thing we find hard it finding our own way within our field. Of course we have to learn all we can about the subject and to do that we look at others, read books, attend classes and look on the internet to see what is trending. But after a while you have to go your own way. I find that I like to problem solve so I will get some materials out and then start to play with them. Use colour and texture in different ways, use the materials in different ways. If I don’t like it rip it up and reuse it. Dye it or paint it.  Stitch all over it.  The possibilities are endless.

And lastly we need to think about how we look at the world around us. When looking at a tree tell yourself that your not looking at a tree but a lot of lines, textures and colour. The tree will have many colours during the different seasons, in different light, and when wet as well as dry.  This applies to everything we look at. We just need to think of the world in a different way.

 

So you see the four things that we find hard are:- Others perceptions of our work, what it should look like,  finding our own way in our art and how we see the world around us.

You may or may not agree with this and feel that there is more to it. Of course I can think of a lot more that will stop you from producing a piece of art but the real thing that stops us is ourselves. There are days when I can find many excuses not to start a project or to finish a piece. But eventually I will get on with it.

There are no more workshops this year but we have a very exciting programme for 2022 starting with a one day lantern making workshop with Anita and then a  lino cutting and printing workshop with Rachel Collier-wood in January.

Take care

Anita

 

 


December 1, 2021
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PROGRESSION in TEXTILES

 

Progression in Textiles is a group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year, Meeting at Eau Brink Studio.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how we have  moved our practice on from basic beginnings to finished pieces.

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and intend to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits. Each year the members of the group plan to concentrate on a different technique  or subject to explore. As work progresses more than one technique will be involved adding already explored work into a new piece. Or part of previous works.

At our Textiles in Progress exhibitions you can see everything connected with the subject including the rejected pieces. Talking to the artists will give you an insight into their world. showing you how a piece was constructed including workbooks and samples.

Also whilst at some exhibitions you will be able to take part in a Make and Take. Make and Take is a great way to learn a new skill or to just have a go.

Our members want to help you learn and progress in your own practice of work so do ask questions.

Exhibitions

In 2021 we hope our exhibited work can be seen in King’s Lynn at open studios, Norwich at the Forum, Brancaster Village Hall and the NEC in March and we are looking at the possibility of somewhere else in Norfolk nearer the end of the year.  For further information check out the Facebook page at regular intervals, in case of changes due to Covid.

Progression in Textiles is a group of eight and if you wish to join us please get in touch on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk 


November 28, 2021
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What am I? A Artist? Maker or Crafter?

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For far too many years that I care to remember I have been making things using fabrics, papers and threads. So the question is What am ? A Artist? Maker or Crafter?

The answer will depend on who is reading this and who knows me enough to know what I love doing most. A complicated question that requires a complicated answer.

My first love is making textile art. That is easy enough making me an artist?  Yes is the answer if your reading this as a textile artist yourself. Here comes the controversy. Many artists who do not use fabrics and threads do not consider textiles as an art form. It is either sewing, embroidery, a craft or I am a maker. I often wonder why that is. Textile artists use a needle and thread instead of paint and ink. Why is it classed differently?  I create pictures using the needle and thread, I create abstract art using the same materials there are other Textile Artists who’s work is so amazing you cannot fail be in awe of them.

I recently discovered that if I get my art professionally framed it is then called art and not sewing or a craft. Why does a frame have to make a difference? I feel that to have a piece accepted by the art community it has to look the part. No raggedy edges, no loose ends as that is sewing.

To show case fabrics and because I cannot help myself I make items to sell in my little shop. Now that makes me a maker or crafter. I listen to individuals walking past my shop saying things like “oh that’s a craft shop” when technically speaking it is a haberdashery shop.

But of course I do not help myself when I attend a local craft fair with the items I have made. Except I do not appear to fit into them either. It is a conundrum.

Personally I do not care for labels and being put in a compartment. The fact is I love fabric, threads, paint and many other items that I can sew into. For me the main element is sewing. It could be by hand or by machine. A combination of both. Chuck on a few beads and a bit of bling sometimes too.

When in the creative mood (which is quite often) I love to get out a few materials and paints and then see what develops. I rarely plan anything as that takes the fun out of it. Sometimes it doesn’t work out to be anything but I do not throw it away as I may use it for something else at a later date.

So the question remains, What am I?

On days when I am teaching workshops in the studio I am known as a facilitator or learning. Sound very posh. At craft fairs I am a crafter or maker and the rest of the time a shop keeper, maker, artist.

So the answer to the question is I Am Anita. An individual who loves to play with fabrics, paints, inks and threads. And if you want to join me just pop over to the website and take a look at the workshops we have for 2022.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/

Unfortunately I am in the position where I have to increase the prices in 2022 due to everything going up so much. But if you want to book into a workshop for 2022 now send me a email with the details of the workshop and I will send you an invoice with this years prices on. The exception to this is the lantern workshop, Ruth’s Wednesdays and Alison Hulme’s three days if your booking the three together. They will remain at the old price. The prices will be increased from 1st January 2022.

Tuesday night live is at 7pm where you can tune into Facebook or YouTube and watch me creating something. I announce what it will be on Monday’s on Facebook. If your not free on a Tuesday evening you can watch later at your leisure.

Stay Safe

Anita

 

 


November 9, 2021
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Sometimes Life is Not What We Expect

Well for the past couple of weeks I have found that life is not what I expect at all.

My life is planned in advance. Of course I can change my plans at times and do take into consideration outside influences. But sometimes when we are feeling under the weather life is not what we expect at all.

Last week I had to cancel everything due to a heavy cold setting in. At first I felt fine just a little cough or sneeze here and there. Covid test done and fine so went ahead with a meeting for Progression in Textiles. That evening the cold suddenly took a turn for the worse and talk about being knocked off my feet. More covid testing just in case.

I think Microban should give me shares now for the amount of the stuff I have been spraying in the studio, car and my home.

So you see sometimes life is not what we expect. But now the turning point has arrived and I am feeling more human again. Stopped taking expensive medicines to help me get through the days as well.

This time though, has not been wasted. Through the fog my brain has been working on what I want to do and what I need to do for the year of 2022.

Experimental Wednesday

Also some lovely ideas have emerged for my own work and how I can move it on. With this in mind I am going to restart the Tuesday evening Go Lives. This evening I will be demonstrating backgrounds. Our Experimental Wednesday this month is all about creating your own backgrounds using mixed media. Why? Well, one of the days of floating around doing nothing in particular I remembered a conversation with some of you about creating backgrounds and wanting to spend the day working on getting a few ready for your next works. We talked about making Muslin papers. We can make many more than that. Such as using paints in plastic bags, layering up sheer fabrics over papers, spending time using Angelina to create interest in our papers and then of course when they are dry sewing into them.

Wednesday 10th of November is our Social day. If you fancy popping in for the day to spend time with like minded others then do so from 10am till 4pm. Of course there will be cake and refreshments but remember to bring your lunch. Here is the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2/2021-11-10/ 

It is best to book into the workshops as I am keeping the restricted numbers and do not want to have to turn anyone away on the day. If you do not want to book through the website just send me an email or message and I will add you to the site. A none returnable deposit is required for the bigger workshops at the time of booking.

Ruth will be with us on 24th November teaching us how to stitch layered landscapes. All materials are supplied for this workshop you just need to bring your basic sewing kit and machine. Of and your lunch of course.

Layered Landscape

This was just a quick update so I will leave you in peace for now.

If you are thinking of watching me tonight please remember to say hello.

Take Care

Anita

 

 

 


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