Major Pancakes – Artist of the Month

IMG_4540Join us tonight during the Frankfort Avenue FAT Friday Trolley Hop for a fun Derby themed shopping night and our new artist of the month, Major Pancakes!

Jessica Marcum is the artist behind Major Pancakes, specializing in modern handmade toys for kids.  Come and check out her adorable creations and enjoy a pancake bar to satisfy your sweet tooth and love of breakfast food.

Stop by from 6-9PM and enjoy shopping specials and our Derby items on display to help you get ready for next weekend.

Check out our Facebook event!

Spring is in the Air

It’s the first day of Spring! Spring is all about new life, sunshine, and enjoying the outdoors. We’ve picked out some of our favorite items to help get you in the mood for Spring!

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Hello Sunshine hoop from Thistle and Thread Designs,  magnolia & cucumber Mint candles from Black Dog Candles

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Lilac & lavender soap from Vintage Body Spa, Lilly of the Valley and Lilac perfume oils from Flora

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Leashes from The Dog House, floral alphabet set from B Paperie.

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Earrings by Amy Camarota and leather cuffs by Adelle Rose

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Headbands from Miss Mary Margaret, planters from Bess Vane

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Photograph by Mary Beth Brown, mixed media art by Amy Wiedl

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Embroidery by Thistle & Thread Designs, print by Miss Happy Pink

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Bath bombs by Vintage Body Spa, cards by Mary Beth Brown

 

 

 

 

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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