Bec Broomhall Arts – Update

Bec Broomhall Arts – Update

My name is Bec Broomhall – I have been a member of the Shop in the Square designers since March 2015 and am thoroughly enjoying it! My art practice is very much focused on portraits and figures, creating pencil and painted portraits for any special occasion.  I have a love of sketching faces and people but can also draw many other subjects including animals.  Many of my prints and originals artworks and can be found on the shop walls. In my life I have done many creative things – from Abstract artwork during my degree, to decorative crafts, to painted stones. But I have always loved drawing since I was very young, finding it extremely therapeutic – and capturing people fills me with joy. On a whim in 2013 after finishing my degree, I decided to do a work placement exchange programme in La Coruna, Spain. My friend and I worked at an art academy – Taller Matriz de Arte – run by a family of artists.  I came back so inspired and decided I was going to do what I’d always wanted to and work for myself. In 2014 I then gained support from the SPEED Plus programme through the University of Wolverhampton to set up my business.  I now work from home in Oxley, Wolverhampton, and have work displayed at Shop In The Square, Black Sheep Studio and Art Gallery as well as taking part in many fairs and events in and around the West Midlands with my drawings and illustrations.  I really love what I do! Process: Most of my drawings are completed in mechanical pencil,... read more
Solving the Knotty problem of Father’s Day

Solving the Knotty problem of Father’s Day

If you know a Dad who likes a treat but perhaps does not have such a sweet tooth, I have found the perfect gift. Luxury Milk Belgian Dipped Sea Salt Pretzels from Choc in the Square not on sale at Shop in the Square. Pretzels probably originated in Europe in the early Middle Ages and were made by German monks. The traditional symmetrical knot. known as the Pretzel Loop could have religious symbolism – or it may just have been used to hang them up to dry! So if you’ve never had Pretzels before think crisp savoury biscuit such as twiglets (but without the love it or hate it marmite!). Salted caramel seems to be all the rage at the moment and this combination of salty and sweet also hits the mark for Dads or anyone, so why not treat yourself? You get 8 large Pretzels per which costs just £2.25 (or three for £6.50 mix and match with the other products in the Choc in the Square range). These delicious crispy choc-covered treats are only slightly salty, just enough to stimulate the taste buds and want another one are the perfect present for... read more
Mmmmmm is for Marshmallows

Mmmmmm is for Marshmallows

The perfect fluffy pink and white sweets couldn’t be improved could they? Well think Choc in the Square Luxury Belgian Chocolate Dipped and Drizzled Marshmallows and you will be pleasantly surprised. Marshmallows probably originated in ancient Egypt as a medicinal sweet to soothe children’s sore throats and were made from egg whites, sugar and the juice of the Marsh-Mallow plant root which grew on the banks of the Nile. Thankfully today the plant root has been replaced with gelatine. With 14 pieces in each pack for just £2.25 (or three for £6.50 mix and match with the other products in the Choc in the Square range) there are probably too many for one sitting but just enough to share for an evening treat with a nice glass of wine. Although anyone that knows my chocoholic tendencies will not be surprised to know that I did not share my bag of marshmallows or my wine! So after trying one or two (which were delicious as the dark chocolate cuts out some of the sweetness and gives the marshmallows a nice crunchy texture), I wanted to  see if the Choc in the Square marshmallows could enhance my favourite drink. And they did!  I chopped up three marshmallows to put on my Options hot chocolate (the only one I will drink) and I must say it was a lovely afternoon treat. The Choc in the Square range is handmade by Charlie’s Mom’s Chocolate Factory, one of the 30 or so creative micro businesses from across the Black Country supported by Shop in the Square.  Originally started as a Portas Pilot project with seed... read more
Ellen Schrijver of Ellen’s Fingerprint Jewellery

Ellen Schrijver of Ellen’s Fingerprint Jewellery

As part of our continuing series of posts about the talented designers who supply The Shop in the Square, today we’re taking a moment to meet the seller! Q. For those who don’t know, could you tell us who you are and the name of your business? A. Hello! My name is Ellen Schrijver and my company is called Ellen’s Fingerprint Jewellery. Q. And what kind of products do you make and sell? A. I design and create unique, personalised pure silver and bronze keepsake jewellery using children’s fingerprints, hand & footprints, children’s drawings and even your pet paw prints to wear and treasure for time to come. As well as my range of personalised jewellery, I also make bespoke jewellery using organic matter as my source of inspiration, such as leaves and shells to create unique pieces of 99.9% pure silver jewellery. In the Shop in the Square I regularly hold casting sessions where customers can come in and have the impressions taken of their babies and children’s fingerprints, and hand and footprints. We even have had some doggy friends come in to have some jewellery made! I welcome commissions and like to create pieces of jewellery as bespoke and unique as the person wearing them. I help run the shop on a weekly basis. Q. So how did art become such a big part of your life? A. I really enjoyed art at school and when younger was keen to be become an illustrator, however became distracted and headed for a career in the NHS. On the birth of my third child I wanted to capture those... read more
Lynsey Harris of Lynsey Luu

Lynsey Harris of Lynsey Luu

Today we bring you another in a new series of posts. Ever wanted to know more about the creative individuals who hand craft the beautiful items sold in The Shop in the Square? We hope so because it’s time to meet the seller! Q. For those who don’t know, could you tell us who you are and the name of your business? A. Hello! My name’s Lynsey Harris and I trade under the name of Lynsey Luu Q. And what kind of products do you make and sell? A. I design quirky jewellery, unisex clothing, hip flasks, illustrations/posters and I have recently expanded into greetings cards. I find anything weird and wonderful as inspiration really. In the Shop in the Square I work on the visual merchandising and general help in the shop when needed. Q. So how did art become such a big part of your life? A. I was always really interested in art at school, I kept waiting for artistic parts of the lessons so I could engage with them. Later I studied textiles at the University of Wolverhampton and got a real interest in surface pattern design. I’d been told that jobs in my field usually involved working for a single company in which they have my designs or to set up your own company, so whilst in my final year I enrolled on the Speed WM program who help students start small businesses. I love being able to use art in my work, it’s much more interesting than a normal nine to five job. I’m always making products and researching new techniques. Q. Just for... read more

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