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SEP 2016

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.16 99 A Contention of Creep Fists, by Insect Policy What started as Brian Manley's "lonely solo project" in 2014 evolved into a collection of Louisville talent "meshing together different styles." (Transla- tion: Insect Policy is a heavy noise machine.) The band, named after Manley's fear/fasci- nation with bugs and his policy-reading job, released its first EP, A Contention of Creep Fists, in February 2015. "There's no real theme to that album — just sounds and thoughts from a year I had a creative streak burst into action. There were some great things and some terri- ble things that happened from 2013 to 2014," he says. "With the title, I played around with various ways of expressing the idea of how life is always changing, sometimes sneaking up on you and punching you in the head." The cassette's artwork offsets this harsh reality. Manley did the crayon drawing when he was a kid. "I was working on the recordings and my mother unloaded on me a box of stuff from my childhood," he says. "When I found the drawing, I completely remembered doing it. It's sup- posed to be a dragon fighting me. The personal fight against a dragon worked for this EP." — Katie Molck COVER STORY TREASURE MY METHOD Photos by Terrence Humphrey Five years ago Mary Levinsky made her first animal mask for a friend's owl Halloween costume. After listing the mask on Etsy, she received a lot of interest and began expanding her portfolio to include most of the animal kingdom, from panda bears to goldfinches. "I'm a huge animal lover, so I love researching different animals," says Levinsky, now known in the crafting world as Miss Mary Mask. She has even created masks inspired by popular culture like Game of Thrones and Grumpy Cat. In her studio in the back of Block Party Handmade Boutique downtown, Levinsky uses faux fur, fabrics, acrylic and fabric paints, ribbon, satin and lots of feathers (goose, white turkey, hackle). For hand-painted masks like wolves and bears, she starts by cutting and sewing fabric. From there she paints an undercoat and lets it dry, then adds a second layer for details, plus a final finishing coat. A new concept can take five to eight hours. She sells a lot of masks (in the $50 range) for Halloween. The DJ Pretty Lights wore one of her masks while performing in New Orleans at Voodoo Fest. The prom episode of Pretty Little Liars featured her work. "The weirdest of all is that my masks were in this documentary called Dogging Tales on Channel 4 in the UK," she says. "I've never really bragged about it because it's about strangers who go have sex in the woods with each other. In real life the people actually do not wear masks but the director wanted to have an artistic way to keep the people anonymous. So he had them wear the masks. It was super-creepy." — KM Local company Yardbirds transforms discarded metal (garden tools, mufflers, bicycle parts, etc.) into animal decorations like this flying pig ($50). Available at several local retailers, including the Brown Hotel and A Taste of Kentucky.

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