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. For three years in the Peoria community, Chelsie served as an advisor for Brave Launch, spoke regularly at entrepreneurship events, and taught lettering workshops. She enjoys taking advantage of the many unique entrepreneurial and artistic opportunities in her community. In Peoria, that included an artist residency at the Prairie Center for the Arts, where she created many Peoria products and her second book, “100 Days of Peoria.” In Summer 2019, Chelsie relocated to Chicago to explore new creative opportunities in a larger market. Her work can be found in both the Chicago and Peoria communities and beyond.
“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
Marty Wombacher // Saturday Night @ Broken Tree - Goodbye and Good Luck to Chelsie and Daniel! // May 28, 2019
Ali Reid - Local News // Peoria entrepreneur leaving the river city for the windy city // May 20, 2019
Local News // Steph's Stickers spreads kindness and raises awareness about people with disabilities // April 24, 2019
Local News // The Spot Coffee Shop celebrates one of their own for World Down Syndrome Day // March 21, 2019
Consider This with Yvonne Greer // S03 E04: Chelsie Tamms // March 2018
Melissa Rose // Open for Business: Lettering Works // The woman behind the business illustrating Peoria // November 2017
Johnathan Wright // When Opportunity Knocks // One-up // iBi September 2017
Lettering Works also designed the cover of the issue.
Steve Tarter // Tarter Source #58: Peoria entrepreneur and lettering artist Chelsie Tamms // July 2017
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!”
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."
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."
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!