Creatively 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.
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Side Projects:

I Draw Letters
A Door A Day

Select clients:

Vice
Instagram
Refinery29
Pure Barre
Save Venice
New York Public Radio

Dolce & Gabbana
Victoria’s Secret
Bloomingdales

Sakura of America
Louis Vuitton
Hermès

Poppin

Hi! I’m Chavelli, a New York City based designer and calligrapher.

I collaborate with clients to create designs that are elegant and eloquent.

Designs that inspire action, and stir emotions, interest and intrigue. 
 

I have a love for sumptuous paper 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.

 

 

Follow me on Instagram @idrawletters


 
 

Exhibitions

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

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

Teaching

Calligraphy, Illumination and Pigment making with Karen Gorst at City and Country School, NYC, 2015–present

 

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!

 
 

 

 

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