Mercenaries and THE ARTIFACTORY have
been in existence since 1987. We design graphics
and construct scenic elements for zoos. We also
create our own artwork and design for the theatre.
Our theatrical work has included scenery, lights, and
costumes as well as some original scripts and stage
The computer entered our work about six years ago.
Since that time, our primary emphasis has been on
zoo graphics and computer-generated graphics in
general. Our primary platform is the Macintosh but we
also use Windows machines.
The two main designers are Earl Stringer and Susan
Hinkle. Both of them have degrees in design and
have been working designers for over twenty years.
Earl taught theatrical design and lighting at Illinois
State University for six years before moving to Grand
Rapids, Michigan (our present location) where he
teamed-up with Susan to form Creative Mercenaries.
Further details and resumes are available. Please
contact us with your questions.