March 4, 2020

PROGRESSION

 

A group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how to move your practice

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and look to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits.

At our 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.

This is a group of ten and at this time is full. If you wish to join us when a vacancy arises please get in touch on [email protected] 


February 5, 2020

PROGRESSION

 

A group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how to move your practice

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and look to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits.

At our 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.

This is a group of ten and at this time is full. If you wish to join us when a vacancy arises please get in touch on [email protected] 


January 3, 2020
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Hello 2020

Hello 2020, Wow a new year and a new decade. This means change at Eau Brink Studio.

For some time now I have found myself moving further and further away from what I originally intended when setting up the studio. And it made me very unhappy.

With this in mind whilst I was unable to do anything before Christmas I decided to sort it out.

Firstly I took a look at what I had been doing over the year and if I enjoyed it. The answer was mostly yes but some areas were a definite no.

So the no’s had to go. But what can I replace it with as I still have to pay the bills? And to be honest a regular job is not for me.

My lovely brother has joined us from Kent and we have decided to open up a tea room together. Danny trained as a chef so his food is divine but he hates baking and desert making, where as I love baking. So that works perfectly.

We opened our tea room in The Barn in Long Sutton because there was an existing coffee shop but the the lady who ran it had an accident and can not work for a while. The local Council will not let me have a teas shop at the studio which would be better. But we will work with what we have.

Now I am sure you are wondering what is going.

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Well firstly the workshops that very few book onto. That is Powertex and Sewing machine confidence. These will be by appointment only from now on.

I will also adopt a new system for upcoming workshops where if there are not enough learners up to two week prior to the workshop it will be cancelled. With the exception of other artists teaching as they will decide up to one month in advance if they are going to run it.

The studio will not be idle. Anyone can book it to run workshops or to use the space  if they wish. You just need to email me and I will discuss your needs and the costs involved.

Exhibition and Fairs

I will be exhibiting with the Progression group, West Norfolk Artists, at Wymonham with the Norfolk Makers and attending the Hand Made Fair at Hampton Court this year.

I will be also taking part in Textiles in action and Open Studios.

Website and contact.

My website will reflect all these changes over the coming weeks but please bear with me as I get it sorted out. If you wish to get hold of me it will be better to email me at [email protected] 

You can of course call me on 01553 762115 or on 07827674920 do leave a message if I cannot answer and I will return your call asap.

So as I said at the beginning of this blog. Hello 2020 it looks like a great year ahead.

 

 


January 1, 2020

PROGRESSION

 

A group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how to move your practice

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and look to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits.

At our 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.

This is a group of ten and at this time is full. If you wish to join us when a vacancy arises please get in touch on [email protected] 


December 4, 2019

PROGRESSION

 

A group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how to move your practice

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and look to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits.

At our 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.

This is a group of ten and at this time is full. If you wish to join us when a vacancy arises please get in touch on [email protected] 


November 6, 2019

PROGRESSION

 

A group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how to move your practice

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and look to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits.

At our 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.

This is a group of ten and at this time is full. If you wish to join us when a vacancy arises please get in touch on [email protected] 


April 28, 2019
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Whats happening in the studio now then? A big spring clean.

I have spent some time looking at all of the stuff in the studio and shed and thinking about how a great deal of it is not used. Some has never been used and some has not been used for some time. So why keep it?

Today I sorted out all  old sketch books , took out the pages I wanted to keep, then burnt the rest. What a difference that has made to one of the shelves in the studio. I then moved onto the massive pile of papers and card and did the same thing.

Guess what is next? Fabric. I have a huge amount of furniture and curtain fabric that keeps coming into the studio and I will probably never use it. I cannot bring myself to burn it so will be using some for inspiration packs and maybe some for the school clubs. The rest will be up for grabs or going into the recycling centre.

Why the big spring clean I hear you ask. Well there is far too much stuff in this studio and the shed is so full, when looking for something I knocked over a huge basket of glass which is now behind a load of chairs probably broken. At this time I cannot get to it to clear it up.

The paint cupboard is done and all old paints have gone. Same with old dyes. When I say old I do mean over 10 years old. It is quite liberating.

Whats been happening otherwise?

The Easter weekend was a great one at the Barn. We took our sheep for a day out and the visitors loved seeing them. I demonstrated how to clean the fleece and card it using the drum carder. Children in particular were interested to see where wool comes from.

 

Also the West Norfolk Artists had an exhibition at Thornham. It was great to see everyone’s work.

Then came the Doughty Road Show this weekend. Thank you all for coming to look at my stall and for stopping by for a chat. I was amazed to find that it only took 1.5 hours for the Bosal rolls to sell. I will be trying to get more in for the Makit fair at Peterborough. Remember if you bought any to make jelly roll rugs that you must work on a flat surface and keep stopping to iron it if need be. Otherwise they make a lovely pet bed.

Coming up

We do have space this coming week for Experimental Wednesday. We will be working on a technique of layering to make items using machine embroidery. Based on Nikki Parmeters work from the Wow series. Pictures will be taken of the work and sent to Maggie Grey to see how we progress. Sewing machine is required on Wednesday.

 

We only have four spaces available for the Pauline Wrighton workshop this month “Finding your Feet”. This is a workshop for anyone who would like to know what the different feet are for on their sewing machine and how they can be used for more creative sewing as well as the more traditional.

 

This year we have sold our lambs on to lovely new homes. One is going to a vicarage and the other to the Barn as part of their petting animals. the other is staying with us.  Mums are being sheared in the next couple of weeks so more fleece to process.

I hope you all enjoy the warmer days and longer evenings.

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 


January 20, 2019
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Gathering Inspiration can be a real treat as this week can testify.

Spending a day in London with all the colours, shapes and sounds brings a huge amount of ideas. But the most inspiring came not from Kensington Palace as expected but from The Royal Opera House.

The Royal Opera house has layers of boxes, seats, lights, and sweeping curves with the gold and red. It is stunning as this link to a little video shows. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/1973974682906696/

An evening in this place lifts the spirits no end. What did I see? The Nutcracker.

Looking at the fabrics, costumes and general bling for this lovely ballet makes me realise how hard the teams work to put on this entertainment. And that is not including the hours of practice the dancers put in. Well worth a visit.

But what about Kensington Palace? We looked at the fabulous rooms of course and the staircases. We loved the Princess Diana clothes, and the clothes from the film The Favourite which of course is about Queen Anne.

 

Unfortunately the rooms for Queen Victoria were closed but we did get to look at the fabulous Tiaras she wore.  I was rather taken by this suite even though my theme at the moment is red and not green.

 

King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild.

Why a red theme you ask?

I am currently working on a number of items for the King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in July. We will be at St Nicholas Chapel so come and take a look at what we get up to. the Exhibition theme is the rainbow so it will be colourful.

We have room for stall holders if you are interested, your stall must be textiles of some sort. Fabric based, weaving, threads, found materials, anything that can be used for textiles so that includes decoration and paints too.

Reminder.

Just to remind you that you can rent Eau Brink Studio for anything from one hour to the entire day for your projects large or small. You get to use all the facilities, cake is supplied, heating or air conditioning depending on the weather. There is a large working area. Large enough to lay out an entire quilt if needed. Just give Anita a call on 01553 762115 or email on [email protected] for further details.

Wednesday 23rd of January is the next Experimental Wednesday. If you want to join us just go to  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-2-2/  and book in. You can be at the beginning of your artistic journey to join in or just looking to perfect your skills. We stat at 10 am and finish at 4 pm.

You will be welcomed with tea and home made lemon cake. So why not pop in and try something new?

 


January 7, 2019
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A New Year- New Shop for Eau Brink Studio. Where is it I hear you ask?

The Barn,  59 Wisbech Road, Long Sutton, Norfolk, United Kingdom PE129AQ. Open 7 days a week. You will find loads of fabulous items for gifts and home in The Barn. As you enter the coffee shop you will find us on your left.

The shop will stock items you are used to seeing from us such as our peg bags and scissor holders with scissors. But also new items such as scissor keepsakes, new bags, Dyes both natural and man made (instructions are included with the dyes), Scolabrush kits and Xpandaprint too. Carded Fleece from our own Lincoln Longwood sheep. Some dyed and some natural. Dyed and decorated feathers from our ducks during their moulting season.

Pop In and Try.

I will be also hosting and teaching pop ins for those of you who what to give something a try but do not feel ready to commit to a full workshop yet.

Individual Jewellery

What will be included? Powertex for just £5.00 you can make a brooch, then as you feel more confident move up to a jar for £7.00 or a bottle to put your candles in for those long summer days in the garden. Suitable for all ages.

 

Not interested in Powertex? The how about PomPom making for £5.00 you can make a range of PomPoms using different colours and sizes. Suitable for all ages.

Or sewing may be your thing. I will be demonstrating skills including patchwork, quilting, free motion embroidery. Hand stitch too. Come on in and ask me questions and if I can I will help you with your projects. For all ages.

And of course I will be bringing in some mixed media such as Xpandaprint and Scolabrush which are two of my favourite products to use.

 

 

Whats new?

The Website www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk is up to date with the years workshops and fairs.

New workshops are Pauline Wrighton – Finding Your Feet. This workshop teaches you all about the feet on your sewing machine and what you can do with them. On the weekend of 18th May.

MellyMade Designs – Lampshade up-cycling using her fabulous technique with transfer paints, on the weekend of the 27th and 28th July.

I am also introducing the use of the studio of those of you who need space to complete a project or just cut your fabric on large tables saving crawling on the floor. You get full use of the studio including the refreshments for just £4.00 per hour.

 

 

 

 


December 3, 2018
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I have been wrapping it up with the fairs for this year. So now I have a little more time for other things such as my own development. But just to show you a little of what I have been making take a look at this little video.

I am going to be concentrating on bringing in the traditional work with art. How exciting is that?

May be a little more of items like this one. Which is now in Hampshire. I plan to use more natural fabrics and fleece in my work . You are welcome to come along and join me in this little adventure.

 

I am determined to get to grips with my Scan and Cut. I can use it for paper and felt but have not yet mastered it for fabric. This is going to be my challenge for the coming month ready for the new year. Next weeks blog will be about how I am getting on with it. About time too as I have had the machine since it was launched in the UK. I bet I am not the only one. I wonder how many of you have a machine of some description you do not use to its full potential?

To combat this problem I am going to be at Silverwood in Long Sutton once a month to show you how to use your sewing machines to make items using cords and free motion embroidery. I have also asked a lovely lady to come to Eau Brink Studio to teach us all how to get the most out of all of the feet our machines have. Keep an eye out for this one.

I have started to write a number of blogs for the coming year which will give you tips and links to videos on how to items. Such as how to use natural dyes.