There once was a girl raised by a clown, a country singer, and a print-maker.
She spent her childhood making balloon animals at picnics, line dancing at county fairs, and reveling in the smells of paper and ink. Sound familiar? No? Well, then, we must not have met yet! Hi, I'm Brooke, the girl lucky enough to be born into a family bursting with creativity and tenacity, and the woman who is smart enough to follow in their lead. Finding creative solutions to everyday problems, whether in design or life, is simply how I was raised to be.
PROFESSIONALLY, Throughout my career as a designer and graphic artist,
I've created artwork for textiles, home, stationery, office, gift and tableware products. Through art agency, A Fresh Bunch, I currently license my work as digital photo books, photo cards, and invitations to CVS Photo. Greetings and stationary with Design Design, GreenEnvelope, and Garven Design Group, as well as, wall art with Artehouse and Americanflat currently being sold at Wayfair.com, Home Depot, Joss & Main and more.
I also provide business naming, branding, identity design, and professional Squarespace design for small businesses such as Maker Mountain Studios, Lush & Lovely Floristry, Karma Diva Green Cleaning, and Cleveland Blacksmithing.
Prior to all that, I have worked in-house design for the health & beauty markets, food & beverage, and alternative energy industries. I've had the experience of designing everything from spec sheets to catalogs - business cards to billboards - storefront signage to retail packaging - digital marketing assets for social media campaigns to illustrations of products that haven't even been prototyped yet.
However, nearly 7 years ago, I had an idea that started with my own need to give
a unique, yet thoughtful gift. As occasions came and went, I created gifts for the people in my life and quickly saw the possibility to document moments through iconic imagery and bold design. I established The Near & Dear Gift Collection in 2011 and being one of the first personalized art print gift shops on Etsy, business was booming.
Featured in US Weekly Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Huffington Post, MSN Living, Cleveland Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Grey Likes Weddings, Style Me Pretty, AND featured by Etsy several times, The Near & Dear Gift Collection has been the bread & butter of my little family with 25,000+ unique made-to-order designs sold and ranking as #31 on the top Etsy sellers list of handmade art out of 600 registered shops.
And, personally, I like cake. 🍰