5 to 9 – Lucy M. Williams of Boundary & Thorn Illustration

AAF-Cleveland exists to shine a light a light on the individuals and organizations that make up the region’s advertising community. And we know that the brilliant, strategic work coming out of Cleveland is just the tip of the iceberg. Our 5 to 9 posts will feature work from members of the Cleveland advertising community that has been created outside of office hours. The personal pursuits. The pet projects. The labors of love.

If you’d like your work to be featured in a future 5 to 9 post, send your name, job title and link to your work to adassoc@aafcleveland.com.

HeadShotName: Lucy M. Williams

Day Job: Associate Art Director at The Adcom Group

Tell us a little about what you do at Adcom.

Throughout my 3 years at Adcom, I have become well versed in storyboard art, email and template building, presentation layouts, and editorial illustration. In my current role as an Associate Art Director, my team members and clients count on me to take ideas and turn them into realities. This is also the most fun part of my job; generating creative solutions for everyday problems.

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Image courtesy of Boundary & Thorn Illustration.

What do you create after your 9 to 5 job?

To continue developing my personal brand, in January of 2016, I launched Boundary & Thorn Illustration, a paper products shop specializing in hand lettering, web graphics, and custom illustration prints. This company showcases my independent work and keeps me part of Cleveland’s vital creative community. Today, my custom prints, packaging design and hand lettering can be found in several local restaurants and shops in the city including Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream, Room Service, Rising Star Coffee and Fire Spice Kitchen.

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Image courtesy of Boundary & Thorn Illustration.

How did you discover your “5 to 9” passion? What inspired you?

I never wanted to be in charge of my own business until about a year ago, when I started missing college, and the joy I felt from creating my own work. I felt like a piece of me was missing, and a void needed to be filled, so I started making work again. It wasn’t until very recently that I actually thought about selling pieces.

That’s about the time when I discovered the Cleveland Flea Market and got really involved in selling my work at those events. The Flea opened up so many doors for me and has given me the confidence and push I needed to continue building my brand and product line. There are so many talented and wonderfully creative men and women involved in this event, and selling work among them has been a true blessing and honor.

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Image courtesy of Boundary & Thorn Illustration.

Besides the Cleveland Flea, where can people view more of your work?

You can see more of my work on my store’s website or by following @lucymarshall on Instagram.

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