March 30th, 2011
The Exchange now has a range of Beth Paynter’s handmade products on sale.
Beth is an artist and craftsperson and mainly works in illustrations, wood and ceramics, her work is mainly based on animals as she loves them! she also loves the natural beauty of wood so tries not to take away from that too much, she hopes that in the future her work will help to educate people on issues such as animal cruelty and the natural environment.
She feels it is important that art be accessable to everyone so tries to make her illustrations as light-hearted as possible so people can relate to them, she also likes to show the different personality quirks of animals.
With her 3d work she likes to bring the natural beauty of nature inside the home, she makes none functioning, decorative objects that can be placed in the home, given as gifts or kept as keepsakes.
Her websites are:-
I’m also on facebook, twitter and etsy.
March 29th, 2011
Fruitbat Fudge is a new gourmet confectionery and creative bakery project based in Stoke-on-Trent.
The project started in 2010, when Chef Babbit (our Cook-in-Chief and a lifelong sweet-tooth) decided to experiment with fudge making.
It seemed like some kind of strange magic spell – a wonderful kitchen alchemy of turning various everyday ingredients into rich, beautiful, delicious fudge which, in turn, made people happy when they tasted it.
Chef Babbit decided that this was something she wanted to do lots more of and so, after a lot of thinking and scribbling, Fruitbat Fudge was created. The project is named after Chef Babbit’s daughter, who also designed our fabulous logo!
At Fruitbat Fudge, we’re very proud of what we do and we want to share it with as many people as possible. This is why all our fudge recipes contain no artificial colours or flavours, are suitable for Vegetarians and Chef Babbit is constantly developing new recipes for Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free goodies. She is currently working on a fudge suitable for Diabetic diets.
Chef Babbit also enjoys making cookies and cakes and, from time to time, she may offer some of these for sale. Please subscribe to our blog to see what new creations she has for you – we’d really hate for you to miss out on anything!
March 20th, 2011
Charlene’s paintings are now available for sale.
Her work deals with themes of waiting and Autumn. Her piece “Autumn” draws inspiration from the linear abstract forms of Mondrian executed in lustrous Autumnal shades to evoke feelings of the changing of Autumn and distorted light shining through the leaves of a tree. “Forna” is a beautifully painted study of Autumn Leaves a post stamp of various plant life composed to form a woodland scene.
Here’s what the artist has to say about herself:
“I have painted and drawn all my life. I studied at Leek F.E and Staffordshire Polytechnic. I am a full time Artist and find that I cannot wait to get up in the morning to develop a new painting”
Come and see her work for yourself.
March 20th, 2011
Upstairs at the Exchange we have studio spaces for hire. One of our Studio Artists is the fantastic Behjat.
Behjat mainly works with graphite and charcoal to create exquisite, detailed portraiture. Two of his pieces (pictured below) are currently on display for Sale here at The Exchange.
Drawings £85 each.
In the past Behjat has used passport photographs of asylum seekers, and blown the photos up to produce large scale, photo realistic, portrait drawings, through which he explores the themes of identity and political asylum.
He has developed interesting methods of mark making and builds his own drawing tools from rolls of canvas, which are then bound by cotton and covered with graphite powder. You can have a sneak peak at his studio space and the array of tools he uses pictured below.
For more information on Behjat visit his website http://behjaturl.tumblr.com
He is available for commissions, site specific work and workshops. Come into The Exchange and see his work in person or speak to the Artist himself. It’s having artists like Behjat in our space and continually creating that makes this project so exciting
February 27th, 2011
Saturday 19 March 2011, 1pm – 3pm
We’re excited to announce that Denise O’Sullivan, an artist and maker who is on sale at The Exchange, will be running a Ceramic Workshop in our space.
The session will go as follows:
1pm: Hello and refreshments
1.30pm: A demonstration of how to create images onto clay
1.45pm: Get your hands dirty!
2.45pm: How you found it…and close
Places are limited to 10 people, booking is essential and all for the bargain price of £5!
The techniques you’ll be using in the workshop will be:
- exploration of the use of Slip and pigments to create imagery on the clay surface
- Pre rolled out clay slabs will be used to create 2D and 3d forms
Denise will be holding a series of ceramic workshops in the coming months and these will be available to book at this workshop and on our blog…join our mailing list for updates.
To book email: firstname.lastname@example.org
T&C’s: Any cancellations must give 48hours notice, payment should be made in advance at The Exchange or by BACS to secure your place.
February 21st, 2011
The Exchange is please to have a collection of James Andrew Beattie’s work on sale. Below are a couple of images from his site and more information about him:
Born 31st January 1990
Hometown – Alton, Staffordshire
Currently studying Digital Film Production at the University of Gloucestershire.
And initiating designs for a clothing brand, as well as working on several short films and photo zines.
I never seem to take a lot of photos, but when I do, I guess I do it for the memory.
I prefer to record light in a true and stable manor, preserving a viewpoint from where I once stood or sat.
I thought I’d share a couple of quotes which help define the subjective motives behind my work.
“I was like a child, constantly wondering and surprised at nothing”
“There is nothing as mysterious as something clearly seen”
February 16th, 2011
Also on sale at The Exchange is Aron Bowers. He mysteriously popped in with three of his prints and told us nothing about himself.
Here are examples of his work:
February 16th, 2011
The Exchange has a range of work from Tracy Henham now on sale. Here are a couple of pieces.
Tracy Henham is a visual artist, she used many styles and subjects.Her work can be realistic, abstract or decorative.
She also takes photos and designs images on her computer. Her work ranges from 17thcentury style paintings to modern computer images.
She also writes poetry which she illustrates with her images and she is presently turning them into a book.
It is about the journey of her life. Losing a mother and brother early in her life, coming to a new country and having to learn new ways, feeling lonely and abandoned. Struggling on her own with bi-polar and finally a reunion and recognition of her illness.
All this retold using poetry and illustrated with her own artwork.
Come along to see her work and what else is On Sale.
February 8th, 2011
Ditch the usual red roses, love hearts and teddy bears this Valentines Day! Come to The Exchange an get that extra special, handmade and unique gift your loved one can treasure forever.
We have recycled and handmade jewellery from KOISK, Stacey Gilbert, Terri Lowe and Twisted Wires…
Maybe you’re looking for an extra special piece of ceramics – we have plates and mugs from CityScape Ceramics and Fine Bone China pieces from Denise O’Sullivan – including a range of tea pots for the first time in The Exchange, including the one below. (Image from Denise’s website)
We have handmade glass from Tink* Glass and a range of prints, paintings, photographs, books, skateboards, cards and much more on offer.
Prices start from £2.00 – £200.00