A month ago, when I first wrote about Paris Woodhull’s plans to open a studio and boutique at 121 South Gay Street, she told me her goal was to open on the first Friday of September. Last Friday, that’s exactly what she did, opening a party that night and getting straight to work. Preparations, she said, went to the wire.
As promised, the shop front is well stocked with a wide range of items to suit ardent fans of Paris growing up in the city, as well as random tourists who might want to take home a fun piece of Knoxville art. . . And with such a wide range of items, there’s something for every price range.
Attracting customers early on is the paint smock in the window. It belonged to Paris’ grandmother, who always encouraged Paris to pursue her artistic muse. In a concrete way, this makes the store dedicated to this inspiration.
Paris has her art on cute earrings, stickers, coasters, t-shirts and more. His illustrations of downtown, the item that put it on the local map (see what I did there?), are offered as prints and local is the theme that runs throughout. .
Most of the front, located at the back, is dedicated to the printing process. Screen printing is a big part of Paris’ artistic presence and it will do its own, as well as the work of others. To that end, she had proudly exhibited a new piece of machinery. The six-color press, along with the high-speed dryer that is on the way, will help its production reach levels it has never reached before.
You can find his work on his website and buy from there. You might find it more fun to see the shop and meet Paris in person, as well as peek behind the scenes of the process. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.