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Client Work

2017 - 2019



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I created the art for the 2019 inaugural year of BorderLight’s International Theatre + Fringe Festival in Downtown Cleveland. The festival was looking for something aspirational with a gritty but sophisticated feel and a broad, international appeal. The design was utilized in a broad range of materials and applications for the festival.



Preterm Bowl-a-Thon



This project is more in line with my screen printing company, APE MADE. I designed and hand printed these vintage bowling shirt inspired tees for Preterm Cleveland, in conjunction with their annual fundraiser for abortion access funds. APE MADE has long been a sponsor and personal fundraiser for this event - it was a welcome addition to be able to also create these shirts for the 2019 event.

Event photos below by Heidi M. Rolf.

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Loan Protector Solon


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This was a corporate commission for Loan Protector Solon inspired by the Hilton ‘Foundations’ series, a salon style piece layering both current and historic Cleveland imagery. The total area when hung is roughly 4’ x 8’ and the palette was chosen with the client’s preferences for their new space.



Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland Race For Kids


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This project is more in line with my screen printing company, APE MADE. I designed and hand printed this large order of custom Cleveland centric tees for Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, in conjunction with their annual fundraiser, Race For Kids.

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City Club Mural


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Cleveland Marathon



As 2017 marked the Marathon's 40th anniversary, the goal with this poster was to throw it back to the late ’70s.

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I used a photograph of Cleveland Marathon runners from that era, provided by the organizers – combined with one of my own more recent featuring the Terminal Tower, Key Center, and the Huntington (old BP) Building. These photos were bitmapped to give the feel of a 1970s newspaper clipping / xerox / mimeograph and coupled with a retro font. 1970s teal ink was used with Sno-Cone blue paper to mimic the Marathon’s colors. Each print was hand printed, signed and numbered.



Crossing The River


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Original screen prints created as cover art for the book of poetry by Bill Griffin, Crossing The River, reflecting on his nearly 40 years of service as a doctor in rural North Carolina. Printed in in 3 color ways, the author chose the warm for his cover.

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Bialosky Architects


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Hilton Hotel


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