Through bespoke design and custom calligraphy, I offer clients a fresh approach to designs for celebrations; from everyday moments to once-in-a-lifetime occasions.
Bringing together a playful yet sophisticated eye, a passion for paper and printing, and a network of skilled production artists, each original creation is as unique as the clients I work with. Every piece is holistically conceptualized and designed in-house, and expertly crafted to enchant and delight.
CREATIVELY DRIVEN ∙ PEOPLE ORIENTED ∙ INTERNATIONALLY INSPIRED
I’m a creative with a deep love for sumptuous materials and tasteful details, and specialize in creations that bring the beauty of the written word to lush paper and physical spaces.
As a professional designer, I’ve lived and worked on three continents with clients big and small. From global brands, to athletes and celebrities, to neighborhood restaurants and non-profits. Originally from Hong Kong, I now run my creative studio in Manhattan, collaborating with local and international clients, and serve on the Board of Governors of the NYC calligraphy guild, Society of Scribes.
I’m enamored with letterforms, the history of writing, centuries old manuscripts, and the cultural differences that alter them from place to place. It’s a fascinating world, and I relish each opportunity to bring my love and dedication to the art of calligraphy to the needs of contemporary clients.
AUTHENTICITY, INTIMACY, & DELIGHT
It was my love of connecting with people that drew me away from corporate design and towards working with individuals for their own unique needs. For a few years I worked in luxury lifestyle management, helping clients make the most of their lives by crafting global experiences that were uniquely tuned to their deep desires. I adore getting to know people, and interpreting personalities and passion into one-of-a-kind pieces.
My passion for type and calligraphy means I strive to make each design a gorgeous piece of compelling communication. I carefully consider how you and your audience are going to engage with each and every detail. Web-design types might call this the “user experience”. I like to call it an empathetic, client-focused, approach.
I want the impact to be a delight to both the eyes and the heart.
When designing something as “simple” as an invitation, I don’t just consider what the recipients’ eyes are going to see when they open the envelope. I think about what their hands and fingers will touch, and how they will move as they read and anticipate what’s to come.
National Arts Club, New York City, March 2018
National Arts Club, New York City, November 2015
Types We Can Make & Type@Cooper
Cooper Gallery, New York City, October 2012
Calligraphy, Illumination and Pigment making with Karen Gorst at City and Country School, NYC, 2015–present
Mini Workshops with Society of Scribes, April, 2017
Post-Graduate Certificate in Typeface Design (Type@Cooper)
The Cooper Union, New York City
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Foundation Certificate in Art and Design
Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK
Over the years I’ve sought out opportunities to study with the best calligraphers around the world, learning from teachers such as Sheila Waters, John Stevens, Ewan Clayton, Julian Waters, Harvest Crittenden, Yves Leterme, Ken Barber, and others!
Dolce & Gabbana
National Stationery Show
New York Public Radio
R & Company
Sakura of America