FORZA ARCHITECTURE VISION FOR CLODHOPPERS
Our direction from Kathy & Kelly was to create an interior like no other in the Louisville area that would be both inviting and intriguing.

Understanding that the old Vogue theater space held many memories for anyone growing up in the St. Matthews area, we knew that the task ahead of us was to define Clodhoppers presence. We needed to break away from the traditional nostalgic homepage to the old theater. We started by revealing the existing bones of the building by exposing the structure and existing brick walls. We inserted a glass jewel box vestibule with glass floor tile where the theater’s ticket booth once stood. This device serves as the main entrance into the store.

The interior of the space presented us with an irregular grid of columns as well as variations in ceiling heights. It was this irregular grid as well as the need for employees to have a visual connection to both exits and dressing rooms that promoted us to define a circular counter hub around a centrally placed column. The circular counter is wrapped with bands of wood of various thicknesses which promotes the idea of movement and is reminiscent of a 3-D barcode. It is from this hub that the geometry of the curved fitting rooms radiates. The result creates a stage like backdrop as one enters the fitting rooms.



Valerie Sullivan Fuchs is an artist who currently works with video, sound, video installation and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S, Chicago, California, Florida, New York and in Europe, Parnu, Estonia, Belgrade, Serbia, & Graz, Austria. She won honorable mention in an international quadrennial in Prague for theatre designs. Grants include the Al Smith Fellowship, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, Sony Corporation and the Illinois Arts Council. March 2005 her work was included in the Speed Museum of Art (Louisville, KY) Presence. Prior to receiving her M.F.A. in Time Arts at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, she earned a B. Arch from the University of Kentucky.


Dana Andriot concentrates primarily on functional objects. She frequently collaborates with architects, designers and clients to fabricate beautiful embellishments for homes and businesses. In addition, she regularly creates indoor and outdoor sculptures for public and private enjoyment. Dana has been featured in numerous group and solo shows, is frequently profiled in publications and regularly contributes to local charities. She holds numerous “Best of Show” awards for her annual Art Fair appearances. Education: BFA, Art Academy of Cincinnati.


Chad Balster received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2000. While in Minneapolis he was an apprentice in a small glass art production studio, this is where he first discovered glass blowing. After graduation Chad continued his studies in glass working at the University of Wisconsin. In 2002 he helped construct White Pine Studio, near Battle Lake, Minnesota under the tutelage of John Olesen. In 2003 Chad moved to Louisville to work at Louisville Glassworks. Chas is presently a resident glassblower at Louisville Glassworks. There he is a demonstrating artist and an instructor for community classes sharing the beauty that is glass and glass working.




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