St. Patrick’s Day

Pinch Me

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching and Louisville loves to celebrate it! We’ve sold out of our amazing “Pinch Me and I’ll Punch You” shirts but we have plenty of other GREEN things to get you in the spirit! Here are some super cute and fun green items available at our Frankfort Avenue shop

 

St. Paddy bar soap

St. Paddy soap by A.J. Murray’s

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You Make Me Hoppy card and print by Miss Happy Pink

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Bobby pins by Adelle Rose

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Bracelets by Little Burd’s Nest

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Essential oil pouches by the Modern Makerie

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Pocket bib and burp cloth by Bobaloo

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Derby City Green by Louisville Tea Company

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Pottery by Amelia Stamps

 

Featured Artist – Amy Wiedl

Amy Wiedl has been part of Block Party Handmade Boutique since it’s inception almost 3 years ago. Since then, her beautiful artwork has graced the walls and she’s completed multiple bodies of work around her unique style. Check out her wonderful work and interview below.

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How did you get involved with Block Party?

I got involved through my friendship with the owner, Mary Levinsky.  We met years before the shop was yet a reality. Thanks to her, I was not only offered to be an artist in the shop, but also to be a part of the initial design of the interior and window displays.

How did you get started with painting and illustration?

You could say I got my start with drawing from the very beginning as it was my favorite activity as a kid.  I was lucky enough to have parents who nurtured my interest by placing me in art classes through grade school.  Eventually I landed at the University of Louisville where I studied 2D design with an emphasis in drawing.  From there I slowly developed the current illustration style I’m using today.  

Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

Aside from nature, it is difficult to say what inspires my work specifically.  There are many different emotions and ideas that transpire while I work on a drawing. This leads me to believe that it is the physical act of creating a piece that keeps me motivated and excited to do more.  Perhaps it is the challenge and necessary focus that inspires me most, but only time will tell.

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Of all the different series you’ve done, what is your favorite and why?

Deciding on my favorite series is not easy as each was rewarding in their own way.  If I had to decide though, Id say the “Party Animals” were the most fun to do.  I find that adding humor to my work feeds my creativity, and that particular series still keeps me smiling to this day.

Your work includes a lot of animals. Do you have a favorite animal to draw?

I love drawing animals because of how unique they are.  Of all the animals though, my preference would have to be any with horns or antlers. The intricate structure of bone against the softness of fur is something I’ve found to be endlessly intriguing, and quite pleasing to draw.

How long does it normally take you to finish a work?

Because of the intricate line work I do, and my penchant for details, I find it takes quite awhile to complete a piece.  In addition to the actual application of ink and paint, the process also includes prepping the surface and planning out the composition.  Traditionally I have done work in the 12″ x 18″ range, but recently have become more interested in doing smaller works around 8″ x 8″ in size due to the aforementioned factors.  These smaller drawings are leaving me with a drawing done in roughly 10 to 12 hours.  Like all handmade work and fine art, the entire process is a joyful experience, and I believe my work shows this.

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Wood+Twine

We are very excited to feature local makers Wood+Twine as our next Artist of the Month at Block Party Frankfort Avenue!

This Friday we’ll be open late for the FAT Friday Trolley Hop on Frankfort Avenue.  Stop by and check out their work and grab something new to adorn your walls!

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Jessica England and Melody Niemann, the artists of Wood+Twine, were both born and bred in the good city of Louisville, KY. Both hold a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Louisville and work full-time at local ad agencies in addition to running their craft venture. Jessica and Melody share an immense affection for small dogs and an obsession with tiny objects. They cannot keep plants alive, but can consume a whole season of Grey’s Anatomy in one sitting.

People ask what the secret ingredient is to W+T artwork. Their answer: wine. And patience. And thick skin… literally. They both enjoy a good book and a good latte, preferably at the same time. Jess and Mel place importance on supporting the local art community as well as using raw materials in their artwork. With these ideals in mind Wood+Twine was born in June 2015.

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“Our artwork takes a very unique approach to utilizing raw materials. Using wood, nails and twine, we are able to create distinct pieces with an unprocessed and rustic, yet simple feel. Our work is very accessible to all, available in a variety of sizes and designs. And no two pieces are exactly the same, making each a on-of-a-kind staple for the home.  We feel that it is important to represent Louisville and its distinct culture in our artwork. This can be seen in pieces such as Kentucky, Louisville Skyline and Fleur de Lis. Our participation in the Louisville art scene, such as the Flea off Market, Deck the Walls, Cuteopia!, and local charity events, exemplifies the importance we place on giving back to the city that raised us.”

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Block Party Handmade Boutique’s ‘Artist of the Month’ program features local and regional artists to help empower handmade makers and small businesses. The rotating exhibitions keep something new and fresh in the store while also showcasing more artists to the community, furthering Block Party’s mission.