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 loving the smell of paper and ink. Sound familiar? No? Well, then, we must not have met. Hi, there. I'm Brooke and I didn't make any of that up - it's all true. I was incredibly lucky to be born into a family bursting with creativity and entrepreneurship, and I was 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.
Visual communication is my passion. Compelling imagery and a clear message is my mission.
PROFESSIONALLY, Throughout my career as a designer and graphic artist,
I've worked in-house design for the health & beauty market, food & beverage, and alternative energy industries. I've had the experience of designing spec sheets and catalogs, marketing and social media campaigns, storefront signage, and complete multimedia presentations. Through my art agent, A Fresh Bunch, I've designed artwork for textiles, home, stationery, office, gift and tableware products. They currently license my work as digital photo books, photo cards, and invitations to CVS Photo. Greetings and stationary with Design Design, GreenEvelope, and Garven, as well as, wall art with Artehouse and Americanflat currently being sold at Wayfair.com, Home Depot, and Joss & Main.
Under my professional studio, Hustle & Fuss, I also provide naming, branding, identity design, professional Squarespace design, and startup marketing support for small businesses such as Maker Mountain Studios, Lush & Lovely Floristry, and Cleveland Blacksmithing.
However, nearly 7 years ago,
I had an idea that started with my own need to give a unique, yet thoughtful gift. As I created gifts for the people in my life, I quickly saw the possibility to document the moments of others through iconic imagery and bold design. So, 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 24,000+ sales ranking as #31 on the top Etsy sellers list of handmade art out of 600 registered shops.
And, personally, I like cake. 🍰
Resume available upon request.