Helping clients, campaigns, and causes build skillfully designed brands is our talent and our passion.

Founded in 2016, Lettering Works is the result of an artist's hopes to turn her love of hand lettering into a full-time career.

 
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Meet the Artist

Chelsie Tamms received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Spanish with a minor in marketing from Bradley University. While at Bradley, Chelsie held several internships with advertising agencies, as well as self-published an inspirational guide to hand lettering titled “Just my Type of Lettering." The book received local and national recognition from the American Advertising Awards. Chelsie served as an advisor for Brave Launch, speaks regularly at entrepreneurship events, and teaches lettering workshops. She enjoys taking advantage of the many unique entrepreneurial and artistic opportunities Peoria has to offer, including an artist residency at Prairie Center for the Arts where she created many Peoria products and her second book, “100 Days of Peoria.” Her work can be found throughout the Peoria community and beyond.

AWARDS

“Brilliant Ideas that Never Saw the Light of Day” Award - Public Relations Association of Central Illinois (2019)

2019 Best of Peoria “Best New/Emerging Artist” Nominee - Peoria Magazines (2019)

2018 Best of Peoria “Best Entrepreneur” Nominee - Peoria Magazines (2018)

Small Business Excellence Award - City of Peoria (2017)

American Advertising Awards: Peoria (2018) - 2 Golds, 2 Judges' Choice, District 6 (2018) - Silver; Peoria (2017) - 2 Golds, Silver, and Judges' Choice; Peoria (2016) - Gold, Silver, and Best of Show, District 6 (2016) - Gold, National (2016) - Silver

Project Springboard New Business Venture Competition (2016) - First Place - $10,000 in Startup Funding

Startup Weekend Peoria (2016) - First Place

Brave Pitch (2016) - First Place

Student Scholarship Expo at Bradley University (2016) - Presidential Award


 

PRESS

 

MEANWHILE BACK IN PEORIA

Marty Wombacher // Saturday Night @ Broken Tree - Goodbye and Good Luck to Chelsie and Daniel! // May 28, 2019

SIMPLY INTEGRATED

Francie Hinrichsen - Simply Integrated, LLC // 20 Small Businesses You Need to Know About...Because they're killing it! // May 27, 2019

WMBD TV

Ali Reid - Local News // Peoria entrepreneur leaving the river city for the windy city // May 20, 2019

Marty Monologues Show

MEANWHILE BACK IN PEORIA

Marty Wombacher // The Marty Monologues: April 11, 2019 @ The Kraine Theater in New York City with Photos by Donna A. Rocco! // April 2019

WMBD TV

Local News // Steph's Stickers spreads kindness and raises awareness about people with disabilities // April 24, 2019

JOURNAL STAR

Steve Tarter // Hatching new Peoria businesses in the Nest // March 24, 2019

WMBD TV

Local News // The Spot Coffee Shop celebrates one of their own for World Down Syndrome Day // March 21, 2019

GOOD DAY CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Good Day Central Illinois // Marty Monologues With Marty Wombacher from the blog Meanwhile, Back In Peoria // March 2019

MEANWHILE BACK IN PEORIA

Marty Wombacher // The 2019 National Marty Monologues Tour // February 2019

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY - SUCCESS STORY SPOTLIGHT

Turner Center for Entrepreneurship // Let’s Talk About Letters // November 2018


PEORIA MAGAZINES - iBi LOCAL LEGENDS ISSUE

Letters of Intent // One-up // iBi July 2018


JOURNAL STAR

Steve Tarter // Duo look to make over Main Street one step at a time // June 17


JOURNAL STAR

Kelsey Watznauer // Peoria artists paint a ‘gateway’ to the West Bluff // Front page June 12 issue

DAVID ZALAZNIK - JOURNAL STAR

DAVID ZALAZNIK - JOURNAL STAR


WMBD TV

Alyssa Paldo // Local News // Local artists change image of neighborhood letter by letter // June 2018


VOYAGER CHICAGO

Meet Chelsie Tamms  // Local Stories  // May 2018


WTVP

Consider This with Yvonne Greer // S03 E04: Chelsie Tamms // March 2018


THE COMMUNITY WORD

Doug and Eileen Leunig // Art: What is it good for? // Community + Collaboration // March 2018


PEORIA MAGAZINES - ART & SOCIETY

100 Days... in Print // Short/Takes // Art & Society Jan/Feb 2018 Issue


WMBD TV

Melissa Rose // Open for Business: Lettering Works // The woman behind the business illustrating Peoria // November 2017

OPEN FOR BUSINESS - WMBD

OPEN FOR BUSINESS - WMBD


FRED ZWICKY - JOURNAL STAR

FRED ZWICKY - JOURNAL STAR

JOURNAL STAR

Steve Tarter // Lettering works for Peoria graphic designer Chelsie Tamms // Front page September 17 issue


PEORIA MAGAZINES - iBi SMALL BUSINESS ISSUE

Johnathan Wright // When Opportunity Knocks // One-up // iBi September 2017

Lettering Works also designed the cover of the issue.


THE SCOUT

Kylee Higgins // Bradley alumna rebrands Peoria: Tamms brings hand-crafted lettering art to city // Front page October 13 issue


SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD

City of Peoria // Peoria Small Business Excellence Award // September 2017 Hall Council Meeting (video clip: 2:20-7:05)


TARTER SOURCE

TARTER SOURCE

TARTER SOURCE PODCAST

Steve Tarter // Tarter Source #58: Peoria entrepreneur and lettering artist Chelsie Tamms // July 2017


MEANWHILE BACK IN PEORIA

Marty Wombacher // Chelsie Tamms: Peoria's Letter Head // February 2017

MBIP BLOG

MBIP BLOG


ERIK READER - PEN

ERIK READER - PEN

PRAIRIE ENTREPRENEURSHIP NOTES

Erik Reader // Startup Spotlight: Lettering Works // October 2016


BRADLEY UNIVERSITY - IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Matt Hawkins // Art Entrepreneur // July 2016

DUANE ZEHR - BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

DUANE ZEHR - BRADLEY UNIVERSITY


Thank You Card

DESIGN TAXI

Melissa Goh // Vibrant And Playful Card Designs Let You Express Gratitude In More Ways Than One // August 2014

 

TESTIMONIALS

 
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MARY NELSON of TOGETHER THRIVING

"Chelsie is such a joy to work with. She was able to take my vision and create a logo, icons, and branding I absolutely love. She is very knowledgeable about branding and has helped me to think of my brand in a holistic way, making easier for me to scale the designs she's created for me and use them across many applications (making my life easier!). She definitely goes above and beyond for her clients, and is extremely efficient with her work. I have no reservations in recommending her!”

 
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STACY PETERSON, CITY OF peoria communications specialist

"Working with Chelsie Tamms for our planpeoria.com campaign was a wonderful experience. Not only was her vested interest in Peoria apparent, but she brought in small nuances and details that made a huge impact on the branding. The look was contemporary, while managing to keep the identity of the campaign front and center."

 
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CONNOR PARKHURST of hoop house creative

"My experience working with Chelsie has been phenomenal. As a true artist and professional, Chelsie adapts to her clients needs and you can really see that in her design work. Whatever concept or idea you bring to Chelsie, she works closely with you to develop your vision and delivers beautiful designs in a very quick turn around. Her enthusiasm and passion is evident with her clients and I can tell you from first hand experience that Chelsie is a true professional and I would recommend her to anyone."

 

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