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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Featured Artist – Miss Happy Pink

Brittney from Miss Happy Pink is one of Block Party’s original artists. She joined the shop when it first opened downtown in 2013. Check out her interview below, then stop by either of our locations to check out her work!

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1. How long have you been a Block Party artist?

I was lucky enough to be part of the BP crew right after they opened! So I believe that would be about 2.5 years, time flies when you’re having fun!

2. How did you get involved with Block Party?

Mary asked me to be one of the Block Party artists when the downtown location was still being remodeled. It has been exciting to watch Block Party grow and be involved with such an awesome group of artists and makers. Block Party is an awesome co-op community to be part of. 

3. Briefly describe the work you do in a few sentences.

Once I create a design using Photoshop or Illustrator, I then screen print it the old fashioned way onto paper or textiles. By old-fashioned, I mean that I hand-pull my screen prints with two hands and a squeegee on a table top press. I love creating art prints and greeting cards on paper as well as wearable art such as patches and t-shirts. 

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4. How did you get into screen printing?

A friend of mine is an artist, designer and print, so I would hang out while he printed and help around his shop. I always thought it was interesting and in 2012, when I had two surgeries, I took up learning to design to keep myself busy post-op. That friend became my boyfriend, then my fiancé and in April he will be my husband. He has helped teach me to design and print and I’m forever grateful. You can see his work at – http://angryblue.com

5. What was the first print you ever designed and created?

A set of 3 naughty designs that I ended up turning into greeting cards. 

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6. Is there anything new you are working on for 2016?

Tons of new designs to expand my Catcore collection, art and gear for hardcore cat lovers. I’ll also be expanding my product line to offer a few more everyday household items and more shirts in the spring. I’m very excited to show everyone what I’ve been working on in the next few months!

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Featured Artist – Jennifer Meyers of Sinisters

Sinisters has been with Block Party for two years. Their vibrant, playful and colorful work is unique and unlike any other artists we exhibit.  They bring that extra something to the shop atmosphere and we are excited to have their work for sale at both of our locations! Check out our interview with Jenn Meyers, one of the sisters behind Sinisters, below.

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1. How long have you been a Block Party artist? What brought you to join the store?

Been at BP since Sept. 2013, discovered them while doing an art fair, I believe it was NULU and loved their concept and mission.

2. How did Sinisters get started and how long have you been making art?

Sinisters has been up and running since 2011/12. My sis and I are both artists. That’s what I wanted to be when I grew up, I made it!!! Some peeps wanna be astronauts and doctors but not this little girl 😉 It’s been no easy ride but man it’s been fun!!! Me and Steph both graduated with art degrees and have been collaborating for many years. We’re besties, lived together, work together, Sinisters 4 life!!! So Sinisters was a fun merging of fine art (me) and graphic design (Steph).

3. Where do you draw inspiration from?

We def draw inspiration from each other and other strong women, especially at BP where the female art community is collaborative, inspirational and supportive. We also love pop art, American culture/icons, our art is just fun & flirty with an edge!

4. What is your favorite thing to paint?

Our fave thing to paint is probably sexy strong women and men with mustaches 😉

5. Any fun anecdotes you want to add?

When people walk into our booth, my favorite reaction is for them to bust out laughing…life is too tough to take everything so seriously!!!

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