Boundary & Thorn is a Cleveland based shop that features the artwork of Lucy Williams. This talented Ohio artist creates hand-drawn illustrations and unique prints. Meet Boundary & Thorn at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd, 2017!
Tell us about your local business.
In January of 2016, I launched Boundary and Thorn (B&T), an online shop that features custom illustrated prints. B&T showcases my independent work and keeps me part of Cleveland’s vital creative community.
When I realized I missed college in 2015, I started making new work. I realized I had stopped creating my own art, and wanted to start making prints for myself again and not just the company I was working for. However, the thought of starting a business didn’t cross my mind until August of 2016. I had started to sell prints at the Cleveland Flea events that summer and was doing pretty well, so I thought, why not make B&T an official LLC. I never wanted to own a company, but as time went on and I was selling more work I couldn’t think of a reason not to. I had opened a lot of unexpected doors that I didn’t even realize existed until after my first few events. The Flea gave me the confidence and push I needed to continue building my brand and product line.
My mission is to create unique, fun and custom illustrated prints and sell them at reasonable prices.
What drew you to your craft?
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil/crayon. I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t want to be an artist. However, I didn’t know I could do something professional with art/design until my senior of high-school when my AP art teacher told me to apply to an art college.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
I really enjoyed making a poster for Mitchell’s Ice Cream in 2014 called “Scoops.” That was really fun. It hangs in their Ohio City location on W. 25th.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What is your creative process?
It changes but I always clean my area throughly before I start any project. I’m kind of neat freak. I have to have things clean an organized (including my desktop) before I get creative. My co-workers make-fun of me because my area at work is so organized, but I always tell them, If i wasn’t this neat, I’d get nothing done.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Chill out. Listen to other people, but follow your heart. Be kind. Work hard, and don’t skimp on bed sheets.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
When you shop local, you make it possible for your community to thrive and grow. Supporting your local economy through philanthropy is better when it comes from actual people who live in the community. I don’t think it’s always possible to shop local for everyone, but when you can, you should. I also think people in Cleveland are really good at shopping, eating, and doing grocery shopping local. It makes being a maker in this city possible.
Why do you love doing what you do?
Freedom, adventure, and realizing I can fail and it will still be okay
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
Do it! Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Listen to your gut. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too much work. If you love it, the work and long hours aren't a chore, and your passion will drive you to put in the extra time and hours. It’s a lot easier to start a business while you still have a full-time job or a side-gig. It helps in the long run and with expenses.
What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?
My favorite thing about exploring is that this state and it's cool cities never ceases to surprise me. I obviously know Cleveland the best because it's been my home for the past 9 years (originally from Pittsburgh) but I love when new restaurants open, art galleries, bars and music venues open. I'm a huge home body, but living in Cleveland has really opened me up to getting out in the city and I've learned to take advantage of all its mostly free, accessible resources. We have so many cool events here all year round. Some off the top of my head: Night Market, Winter Bright Feast, Parade the Circle, The Cleveland Flea, October Feast, and sooooo many more.
Meet Boundary & Thorn at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!