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Hello! I'm Chavelli.

I’m a New York based designer and calligrapher, consumed with a love for paper, letters and an insatiable appetite for travel and adventure.

Meet Chavelli

Meet Chavelli

Meet Chavelli | www.chavelli.com
Save the Date calligraphy by Chavelli | www.chavelli.com

 

My Story

It's crazy to think that my journey into the world of calligraphy began back when I was 8 years old! I was attending a British primary school in Hong Kong and had the opportunity to learn foundational hand. Little did I know, I was learning a skill that would shape the rest of my life.

Fast forward to today, and I can say I've worked with global clients, such as Disney, Manchester United and Marriott, as well as neighborhood restaurants and independent creatives. I've even had the opportunity to work with artists, celebrities, athletes and the like. 

One thing that has stayed consistent throughout my career and life: my passion for paper and letters. Paper isn’t just paper; it’s a timeless avenue for intimate connections. And letters? They can look just as beautiful as the messages they convey. I'm still enamored with letterforms, the history of writing, century-old manuscripts, and the cultural differences that alter them from place to place. It’s a fascinating world that speaks so much to the rest of my interests. I hope to encourage more personal interaction, while adding a touch of old-school charm, to the way we all interact.

These days, I focus on crafting designs that highlight the beauty of the written word on lush paper and in physical spaces. I incorporate my design background and visual sensitivity into my lettering work, while leveraging my design experience and technical production know-how to create one-of-a-kind services for my clients. 

In everything I do, you'll find me living a life of delight with having the goal of helping others do the same. I'm creatively driven, people-oriented and internationally-inspired. I have an insatiable appetite for travel, believing that experiencing the world and its people can only inspire warmth and understanding.

This quote below is one of my favorites, and eloquently expresses my approach to life.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth.”
— Mark Twain

As for my hobbies and other interests: they're varied, from Mozart's genius and Tetris, to skiing and Jim Henson's creativity (I even named my pup Bunsen Honeydew after a Muppet!). I even have a guilty pleasure of watching Jeopardy and indulging in an impromptu karaoke session with friends. On the weekends, you can find me enjoying cocktails hand-crafted by my fiancé, hosting dinners at home and throwing killer themed parties! I also serve on the Board of Directors of the New York City calligraphy guild, Society of Scribes

Each and every day, I strive to leave my mark on the world through my work and by making an impact on others. I would love to work with you and have the opportunity to bring your dream to life. Check out my services for how I can help and please feel free to reach out so that we can connect!

xoxo

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