Creative Driven ∙ People Oriented ∙ Internationally Inspired

 
Hello hello! I'm Chavelli, the creative behind this eponymous New York City based design studio. Creatively driven, people oriented, and internationally inspired, I have an eye for charming, polished designs, and a love for sumptuous paper and tasteful details. Raised in a multicultural household in the amazing city of Hong Kong, I've since lived and worked as a professional designer on three continents. I've worked with big names like Nike and Marriott, famous athletes and celebrities, as well as popular neighborhood eateries and entrepreneurial ventures. These days, leveraging my artistic experience and technical production know-how, I specialize in designs that bring the beauty of the written word to lush paper and physical spaces.

 

 

Select clients:

Instagram
Refinery29
Pure Barre
Save Venice

Hermès
Dolce & Gabbana
Victoria’s Secret
Bloomingdales

Sakura of America
Louis Vuitton
Macy's
Poppin
Vice

Studio Chavelli www.chavelli.com

 

Hihi! Chavelli here, the creative and classically trained calligrapher behind this eponymous NYC based studio. I have a love for sumptuous paper and tasteful details, and an eye for charming, polished designs.

Raised in the bustling, multi-cultural city of Hong Kong, my experience living and working on across the world is a clear influence in my creative approach. As a graphic designer for many years, I worked with clients huge and tiny; developing brand identities, print designs, unique packaging and more. These days, leveraging my artistic experience and production know-how, I specialize in creations that bring the beauty of the written word to lush paper and physical spaces.


 I collaborate with clients to create designs that are elegant and eloquent.
Designs that inspire action, and stir emotions, interest and intrigue. 

 

On any given day you can find me dabbling in endless artistic pursuits, planning my next getaway, or playing with my furball friend, Bunsen. I also currently serve on the Board of Governors of the New York City guild Society of Scribes.

 

 

Follow me on Instagram @idrawletters!

 

MY THOUGHTS TO LIVE BY:


Savor the simplicity and splendor of life.

Celebrate the beauty in everything—in every corner of the globe.

Learn from others. Share your knowledge. Be fascinating. Every day.

Revel in the warmth of family and friends, daily celebrations, and moments of inspiration.

Ignite a positive spirit and encourage warmth and compassion.

Opt for optimism.

 

Blackletter Fraktur calligraphy with traditional Chinese seal in vermillion ink by Chavelli // www.chavelli.com
Calligraphy tools www.chavelli.com



I’m passionate about living a life of delight and helping others do the same. I strive to plant seeds of optimism and enthusiasm, to spread happiness, and to encourage warmth and compassion.

For me, the splendor of life lies in the simplicity of its pleasures—smiles and hugs, delicious food, the warmth of family and friends—and I love injecting a little old-school charm into the way we communicate. In my mind, paper isn’t just paper. It’s a timeless avenue for intimate correspondence and connection. And words? They can look just as beautiful as the messages they convey.

I began my calligraphy journey when I was a mere 8 years of age, learning foundational hand at my British primary school growing up in colonial Hong Kong. Little did I know this was the start of a lifelong love for letters.

Years later I find myself 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.
 

 

Studio Chavelli www.chavelli.com
Oak galls to be made into iron gall ink for calligraphy writing // www.chavelli.com
 

 

The Dry Stuff
 

 
 

Exhibitions

Linear Language
National Arts Club, New York City, November 2015

Types We Can Make & Type@Cooper
Cooper Gallery, New York City, October 2012

 

Affiliations

Society of Scribes
Type Directors Club
Association Typographique Internationale
Iampeth

 

Education

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!

 
 

Want to connect? I’d love to hear from you!