Clyde Oak has always been about this land...about joining forces with our friends and family to bring it all back home. Whether your love is in the garden, the home, your front porch, or the big city we believe everyone can take a little pride in the hard work we see come from these craftsmen, makers, and farmers right in our own backyard. We want to share with you what they do, how they live and bring a little bit of their hard work home to you! We will be sharing these stories here, adding as many new faces as we can! But first, we thought we should introduce ourselves...
Hillman Ball is a designer, entrepreneur, husband, father, explorer, and self-proclaimed problem-solver. He has worked primarily for himself since he was 17. Starting out designing t-shirts and other merch for local bands, he realized by only doing the design work he was leaving money on the table; so why not design the tee’s and print them himself? He started his first screen printing shop in Gainesville, FL in 2008 while his lovely girlfriend made her way through college. Later, he moved the shop to Santa Rosa Beach, Fl where he has lived and worked until only a couple of months ago.
Now back in his hometown of Raleigh Hillman has used his love for all things design to bring you the new Clyde Oak. As a designer, it is often hard for him to channel his creative spirit into just one concept or genre. Being able to work on the branding, product design and development, while collaborating with the very people that inspire him to do what he loves has been a dream...and now he has made it a reality.
As his wife of 3 years, and partner in crime for over half of our lives (that’s right...I’ve stuck with this man since middle school!), I have seen how hard he has worked to bring this project to life. Every design gig, every weekend hobby, every brand he launched for others, has brought him to this moment. I so hope you enjoy what it is he has to say through his work and through the work of so many amazing craftsmen, makers, and designers. You may see me around too; I believe in this brand, and hope to help bring the new Clyde Oak to fruition. Our goal is to make the existing Clyde Oak family proud and make some new friends along the way!