About Me

Hi there! I'm Helen Kelly of Brisbane Hand Lettering. 

A Brisbane based letterer & graphic designer.

I grew up drawing cartoons and in primary school I fell in love with my copy of Noelene Morris's 'The Lettering Book', which I still have to this day. Throughout high school I adored calligraphy and continued to dabble while studying Fine Arts. I then turned my attention to graphic design 26 years ago & currently freelance while working part time plus running BHL.

In 2015 I started up Brisbane Hand Lettering holding bi-monthly lettering meet-ups where you can come along & practice or work on your own project with other like minded lettering lovers. Some of my early attendees were asking if I could teach them the Brush Lettering technique that I was doing, and that my friend is how my workshops were born! These have now come to an end & I am refocusing on other creative avenues.

When I'm not creating freelance work for clients & working at my part time job, I'm hanging with my super supportive family drinking too many coffees & frequenting every art gallery we can muster!


Qualifications & Training:
Diploma of Fine Art – TAFE
Certificate in Visual Arts & Design – TAFE
Certificate in Ceramics – TAFE
Diploma of Graphic Design – CATC Design School
Coding for Designers – Aquent Gymnasium
‘Train Small Groups’ – National On Site Training

Past Speaker At:

The Design Kids ‘TDK Tuesdays’ Brisbane
Ladies Wine & Design – Brisbane chapter

Featured Online:
Desktop Magazine
SLQ The Edge

Clients Include:
Leah Desborough Photography
Jane Milburn – Textile Beat
KTB Design
Noosa Yarn Company
Glitter My Timbers

Collaborations With:
Carys Martin Ceramics – Brush Lettering Eco Ceramic Travel Cup
Cake My Day by Jo – Brush Lettering Cookie Workshop Collab
Kylie And The Machine - Woven 'Slow Clothing' sewing labels

Workshop programs delivered for:
Makers Escape Montville by Ministry of Handmade
BrisStyle Inc. Craft Art Markets

Designs donated to:
The Lovewell Project Café Mt Gravatt Lookout – Window Mural
Compassion Is My Fashion – 2 x T-shirt Designs

Blue Card Holder:
I create a safe & supportive environment for young people when they participate at my ‘Tween to Teen’ workshops. Please enquire to ask your child’s age / suitability at one of my ‘Brush Lettering Basics’ workshops.