If you've ventured down to The Exchange during the day lately you will have been welcomed by the lovely, talented and I suspect slightly magical Amy our new daytime barista. Today The Exchange would like to introduce you to Amy. Read on to find out more about her and her role at the bar..


Name: Amy Lestrange

Job Title: Daytime Supervisor/Barista

Fave drink: Hot chocolate - the more sugary the better. Or gin. Is gin hot chocolate a thing?

Fave dish off the menu: Vegan pizza!! With alllllll the toppings!

Last movie you watched: Snowpiercer

Amy Lestrange at The Exchange

Tell us a bit more about yourself and your background?

I moved to Leicester in 2013 from Liverpool to study at De Montfort Uni. I initially studied Game Art Design because I wanted to be a concept artist, but ended up graduating from Fine Art. I get to do the same thing, except instead of designing and making exciting clothes for 3D people I get to do it for real life people instead! I also ran the Japanese Street Fashion Society during my degree - expressing myself visually through clothing and makeup is really important to me.

How how long have you been working for The Exchange?

Almost a whole year now !

Amy Lestrange day time barista at There Exchange

What does an average day look like for you?

I’m actually a terrible workaholic so even on my days off I like to keep myself working on my own projects as much as possible. I’ll usually spend wayyyy too much time in the morning drinking tea and scrolling through instagram though haha. I try and draw for at least an hour or two a day (I’m currently doing Inktober 2017 on my art instagram) but then usually I just end up working on ongoing things which could be anything from crochet to sewing an entire wearable art piece, to painting something weird on my face or editing youtube videos. I never work past 6pm though - evening time is for gaming and eating, they’re the rules!

You are a costume maker, could you tell us about that?

It actually took me a really long time to figure out that my practice is, essentially, making costumes. A lot of the things I make are very contemporary, especially during my degree where most of my work was based on identity and perceptions of self. I did a lot of weird performance surrounding these subjects but it was only after I graduated and did a placement at Curve Theatre that I started to learn more about traditional costume making and I loved it! There’s so much freedom in making wearable items for theatre and now I like to dabble in both fine-art based performance-wear and traditional theatre costume. It’s such a good melting pot for all my creative interests. I’ll never be bored again!

What is the best part of your job?

Definitely the customers! I’ve met so many awesome, interesting people over the bar - some of whom I’ve worked on projects with and become genuine friends!