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APEMADE is taking a short break


Note from shop owner APE MADE is out on sabbatical until early October, the shop will return at that time. If you are local to Ohio, you can find our products at these brick-and-mortar shops in the meantime: https://apemadeohio.com/shop/

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 26, 2021

APE MADE is out on sabbatical until early October, the shop will return at that time. If you are local to Ohio, you can find our products at these brick-and-mortar shops in the meantime: https://apemadeohio.com/shop/

April Bleakney

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April Bleakney


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
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Quality 82 Shipping 102 Customer service 38


Sales 3,661
On Etsy since 2011


In 2008, Ape graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in Fine Arts (Printmaking). While working with a non-profit youth program as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she also began a recent grad residency at Zygote Press. While there, Ape printed a few tees for herself. The infamous 'YEAH I'M FROM OHIO' design was born at this time - a photo of the tee was posted online and requests for this shirt started coming in. This was the seed leading to APE MADE's founding in 2011. (While the company officially launched in 2011, you may have APE MADE shirts dating back to 2009 when April began printing on the side during the recession.)

APE MADE operated out of Ape's house / basement in Kent, Ohio - with no startup money or capital (using screens and printing supplies left over from college and any extra money from each paycheck to purchase more supplies). Yes, I sprayed my screens out in my shower. And washed my squeegees out in my kitchen sink. And exposed screens in the driveway using the sun. And converted my dining room into an art room. And my 2nd bedroom into an office. But here we are...

APE MADE is a veritable one-woman print and production shop; all artwork, design, printing, and packaging is done BY HAND by April Bleakney (aka Ape). APE MADE’s focus is promoting themes of local pride with simple, original, and fun designs on quality handmade goods, with an emphasis on hand drawn design work. APE MADE creates items for everyone – adults, children, babies, pets, and home – aiming to maintain affordability across the line.

All products are printed by hand in Cleveland, Ohio – using eco-friendly, water-based textile inks and no machines or harsh chemicals. We source our blanks from companies with the highest certifications in both their humane working conditions and environmental impact.

When she’s not screen printing, April Bleakney also works in a variety of other media viewable at www.apebleakney.com.

Shop members

  • Ape Bleakney

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Kent State University, 2008 - BFA Fine Arts, Printmaking

Shop policies

Last updated on May 11, 2021
Welcome and thank you for your interest in APE MADE! Screen printed Ohio goodness, printed by hand right here in Cleveland.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 21 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Exchanges are accepted with the following conditions (please read the sizing information on clothing listings closely when ordering, as this is the most common reason people want to exchange):

- Return or exchange is made within 30 days of order delivery

- Original item is returned to APE MADE, 6702 Herman Avenue, Down Rear Cleveland, Ohio 44102 (buyer pays shipping)

- New item to be exchanged for is in stock

- Exchanged items are of the same value

- If exchanging, buyer must pay shipping for the new item (as well as for shipping back the first item)

- New item will be shipped out once the exchanged item is received

- Refunds for product cost (not shipping) can be made for any items returned in original condition with receipt. Refund will be issued once returned item is received.

- Full refunds and/or replacements can be given for any APE MADE item that is defective.

- All Mystery Box sales are final and not eligible for return or exchange.
Payment can be made through etsy - either with PayPal or with etsy's Direct Checkout (credit or debit cards accepted). Orders will ship once payment is received.

Sorry, no money orders or personal checks can be accepted.

Orders can be cancelled so long as they have not already shipped.
I strive to ship very quickly, most items will ship same day or next day.

Almost all items ship USPS First Class, as they are light enough to do so.

Items weighing over 13 oz. will ship USPS Priority mail.

All items will ship with a USPS Delivery Confimation number - you will receive an email when your item ships with this number.

If you want to upgrade your shipping, please convo me.

If you want to ship international, please convo me and I can provide rates for you.

Orders do not include insurance! If you want to purchase insurance for your order, please convo me.

APE MADE cannot be responsible for misdelivered packages due to delivery errors, please be sure that you correctly fill out your shipping address when ordering.
Additional policies and FAQs
APE MADE strives to produce quality, handmade products. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please let us know and we will do everything we can to remedy it.
Information I Collect

To fulfill your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order, for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

- as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
- when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
- if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
- as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

- Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
- Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
- Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
- Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

- Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
- Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
- Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
- Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at apemadeohio [!at] gmail.com.