Wednesday, 31 October 2012

November Newlsetter (Exhibitions, Christmas,the Undead and More!)



Actually, we quite like the un-dead versions of ourselves, look at that skin-tone - to die for!  If you read our 6th birthday top 6 and worst 6, you'll know that SHOP has reawakened our own creative channels and the picture above is courtesy of our own Brett and his beloved 'Paint' (yes, that 90s MS thing!).

We hate to say it, but we are getting closer to the New Year.  However, SHOP has a massive re-vamp (geddit?!) planned for January 2013, believe us - you won't recognise us! There's gonna be wall tumbling down and everything...!

That's all in the near future though, for now have a look what's on this month...



Lina Lofstrand

November 5th – November 10th


So Far So Good

November 12th - November 24th

Tom Berry


November 26th - December 1st

Wellspring Art and Crafts, based in Barton Hill
Festive Exhibition and Workshops
  • Homely tea cosies, hot water bottle covers & corsages - made from shrunken jumpers;
  • Unique cards - made from old books, fabric and paper;
  • Arty upcycled and vintage clothes, bags and jewellery;
  • Bright hats and scarves - hand-knitted or crocheted with donated yarn;
  • Original paintings and prints - in upcycled frames




According to tradition, SHOP will be clambouring up a wonky looking ladder once again this year to festoon the Christmas Steps with Christmas lights!

To do us proud, the little-uns from St Michael's School will be singing carols, and the bellringers will be ringing the bells, before the grand switch-on!

Mulled wine and mince pies will of course be on tap too.




11AM - 4PM

The beautiful and intriguing Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, in keeping with its reputation for independent artisan traders, is hosting it’s annual alternative to high-street Christmas shopping, the  Christmas Artisan Market on the unique and festively name Christmas Steps themselves.
Come along for a lovely afternoon and experience the wonderful teetering charm of the artisans’ stalls cascading down the Steps, showcasing the high standard of beautiful crafts and wares – everything from sweets to frilly knickers, original art works and handmade instruments, providing you with the perfect opportunity to pick up local, handmade and fully unique Christmas presents.
There will be stacks of festive cheer with the famous Steps Christmas lights, as well as carols and mulled cider a-plenty and if that weren’t enough, there are many other artisan traders and businesses in this unique and beautiful site in Bristol’s city centre, as well as great places to eat and drink.

Dracula: SHOP-stylee!

The greatest horror story ever written, with a soupcon of SHOP!

When the caleche stopped, the driver, BRETT, jumped down and held out his hand to assist me to alight. Again I could not but notice his prodigious strength. His hand actually seemed like a steel vice that could have crushed mine if he had chosen. Then he took my traps, and placed them on the ground beside me as I stood close to a great door, old and studded with large iron nails, and set in a projecting doorway of massive stone. I could see even in the dim light that the stone was massively carved, but that the carving had been much worn by time and weather. As I stood, BRETT jumped again into his seat and shook the reins. The horses started forward, and trap and all disappeared down one of the dark openings.


The Driver

I stood in silence where I was, for I did not know what to do. Of bell or knocker there was no sign. Through these frowning walls and dark window openings it was not likely that my voice could penetrate. The time I waited seemed endless, and I felt doubts and fears crowding upon me. What sort of place had I come to, and among what kind of people? What sort of grim adventure was it on which I had embarked? Was this a customary incident in the life of a solicitor's clerk sent out to explain the purchase of a London estate to a foreigner? 

"Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!" The strength of the handshake was so much akin to that which I had noticed in BRETT, whose face I had not seen, that for a moment I doubted if it were not the same person to whom I was speaking. So to make sure, I said interrogatively, "Count CAT-ULA?"
Count Cat-ula

She bowed in a courtly way as she replied, "I am
CAT-ULA, and I bid you welcome, MS. MARSHALL, to my house. Come in, the night air is chill, and you must need to eat and rest." As she was speaking, she put the lamp on a bracket on the wall, and stepping out, took my luggage. She had carried it in before I could forestall her. I protested, but she insisted. 

The Solictor's Clerk

I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt. I fear. I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul. God keep me, if only for the sake of those dear to me! 

Family Portrait

Monday, 29 October 2012

Monday Stock Blog: Men's and Women's Clothes!

As we promised we're back with some weird and wonderful - such is our wont - men's and women's clothing.

Here's the highlights of the things we've got in this week, actually that's a lie ... all the clothes we've got in are highlights, of course!

Fancy Men's Shirt!

In-vest in some winter layers!

Get Tangoed!

Awful picture of a lovely silky beige shirt

Get Glamourzonian!

Autumnal colours for you!

Another fancy men's shirt - where did all the fancy men go?!

Keep those bonces toasty

Shoes your weapon

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Exhibition: Exhibition Unknown

This week in the Arts Space were a UWE collective, made up of 2nd year Illustration and Fine Art students.

Or, at least we think so - we didn't them all week, except for the TWO Preview Parties (not that we would want to propagate that student stereotype or anything).  SHOP thoroughly approves of this way of celebrating art! (that wasn't sarcasm, we really do!)

The exhibition featured a range of work in different styles celebrating the diversity of the UWE Illustration and Fine Art degrees, here's some pictures!

You're excused, Richard Bruton

Madeleine Rose-Morris

Graham Johnson

Mish Scott

Kallan Archer

Kallan Archer

Monday, 22 October 2012

Christmas Steps Arts Quarter - Apple Day!

The Christmas Steps Arts Quarter Apple Day took place on The Christmas Steps this Saturday 20th October, and was a great fun day!

From rolling, to bobbing, to baking and apple-ID-ing - all apple based activities were here!

Apple Day has been a national festival since 1990 and celebrates the hope that orchards will be recognised and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wild life they support.

Apple Day events can be large or small, from apple games in a garden to large fairs - we think the CSAQ event was somewhere inbeween!


Apple-based baking demo in SHOP

The Apple ID Parade - only one person got them all right!

Guess the amount of apple sweets!

The CSAQ Cider Trail

Live baking of Apple Griddle Cakes (they were lush!)

Apple scones, apple rock cakes and erm .. bread!

Not just humans like apples!

The first demo of the Baked Apple pudding exploded!

The only person to ID all the apples - 'Apple Jesus'!

The Apple Rolling course

Apple Rolling Umpire, catching some pesky apples!

Queues for Apple Rolling were long!



Grate or slice thinly, 2 large Bramley apples into an ovenproof dish and add a tablespoon of water and a squeeze of lemon.

To make the topping combine 4oz of flour (brown is best!), 2oz of butter, marg, cream cheese or stilton and 2oz of sugar (brown is best!)

Add any of these optional extras:

Toasted almond flakes
Chopped walnuts
Ground gonger, or chopped fresh ginger
Grated orange or lemon rinf
Anything else you fancy!

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 250o or gas mark 5.


Grate or slice thinly, 2 large Bramley apples into an ovenproof dish and add a tablespoon of water and a squeeze of lemon.

To make Eve's topping (sponge cake), whisk 2 eggs long with 2 oz of sugar until thick.  Fold 2 oz flour (brown is best!) into the egg and sugar mizture.

Pour the topping onto the apple mizture and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 250o or gas mark 5.



Core a Bramley and fill the hole with dired mixed fruit.

Score a circle around the top of the apple

Bake in in the oven for 30 minutes (or more if the apple is very large) at 250o or gas mark 5.


Monday Stock Blog: Accessories and Homeware!

It's the turn of homeware and accessories this week!

SHOP has been getting so much clothing-stock, that we've been neglecting homeware in these blogs - more clothes next week though!

Handpainted jug and matching glasses

Coffee-tea-sugar aaaand TV!

Tea for you?

Dancin' Shoes

Back to Old-Skool!

The spirit of funk