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

 
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Meet the Artist

Chelsie Tamms received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design 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 her recent artist residency at Prairie Center for the Arts.

AWARDS

Small Business Excellence Award - City of Peoria (2017)

American Advertising Awards: 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

Startup Weekend Peoria (2016) - First Place

Brave Pitch (2016) - First Place

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


 

PRESS

 
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

 

TESTIMONIALS

 
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JESSICA BALL of THE ART GARAGE STUDIO + GALLERY

"It is such a pleasure to work with Chelsie Tamms and Lettering Works! Her hand lettering workshops at our studio, The Art Garage Studio and Gallery, are fun and informational! (They fill up so fast!) I've also had the benefit of Lettering Works creating our newest logo, which I absolutely love! I highly recommend Lettering Works for any of your image, logo, merchandise, and lettering needs!”

 
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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."

 

CONTACT US

Interested in how Lettering Works can help your business or project? If you’d like to learn more about our services, workshops, wholesale opportunities, or have a different idea you'd like to pitch, we’re ready to talk!

 

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