A couple months ago, Maker’s Mark — yes, as in the delicious bourbon brand — approached us about working together to promote makers — yes, as in creatives. Of course we jumped at the opportunity for our worlds to collide. Y’all know how much we love our vendors and a good cocktail.
Over the next six months, expect lots of cool collaborations between our companies including an ongoing blog partnership toasting makers in our store and a seasonal cocktail from the bourbon guru.
To kick off the fun, we wanted to highlight some artists we’ve been eyeing in our store. These three talents’ subjects are very different. But they all love vibrant colors and striking subjects.
From abstract brush strokes to cute childlike creatures, these painters offer a little something for everyone.
MEG IVY DESIGNS
A little bit about me: At Meg Ivy Designs, I hand-illustrate bright and poppy designs inspired by everyday objects.
Hopes for your business in the next three years? My dream would be to open a physical store and sell my art and other small business owners’ work.
Currently listening to: The Band Camino
Favorite quote: “We are what we believe we are.”
Instagram handle: @_megivydesigns
HONEY’S ART ROOM
A little about me: Hi, I’m Frances Hardy, my grandchildren call me “Honey.” I began painting three years ago as a hobby and have been refining my craft while finding inspiration from nature and animals. I have recently begun an endangered species series and hope to bring awareness of these beautiful creatures great and small.
Dream vacation destination: Isle of Skye Scotland where my ancestors came from.
Currently listening to: Fleetwood Mac, Norah Jones and Chris Stapleton
Instagram handle: @honeysartroom
KATIE CRAIG ART
A little about me: Hi, I’m Katie Keyworth! My fine art and prints capture the intriguing collision of color and motion as emphasized by brush stroke and texture. I’m inspired by the energy created when contrast and composition are properly combined.
What’s your favorite thing about being a small business owner? The flexible schedule that allows me to stay home and take care of my son.
Beach or mountains? Beach, I’m a California girl through and through.
Currently listening to: Hozier, I think I’m a few years late on this bandwagon.
Dream vacation destination: Somewhere sunny with trusted childcare and lots of rum! Yes, I’m a resort person!
Instagram handle: @kateecraig
Toast the final weeks of summer with this Watermelon Julep!
5 large cubes of fresh-cut watermelon
2 fresh basil leaves
2 sprigs mint
2 oz. Maker’s Mark
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Muddle fresh watermelon in shaker
Add basil leaves, mint, lime juice and Maker’s Mark
Add ice and shake
Pour into glass over crushed ice
Top with small pinch of sea salt, mint and muddled watermelon pieces
This article is part of an ongoing sponsored series with Maker’s Mark to celebrate makers and shakers we love! Join us November 2nd and 3rd at Dallas Market Center’s North Hall to meet 200+ makers during our seasonal show featuring handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind lifestyle goods. Maker’s Mark will be on site serving cocktails and hosting free creative workshops with local artists. Skip the line and score your tickets here now!