I’m Quelcy (like Quell the Sea). I’m a Pittsburgh-based food & prop stylist, event designer and creative (and that’s my trusty sidekick Julep). Yes, Quelcy is my given name. No, my parents were not hippies. There’s a story behind this name of mine, but it’s best told in person.

As a freelancer, I wear many hats, and I’m involved in numerous roles such as: managing multiple projects, brand consultation, marketing, and idea creation. I’m a creative problem solver, carefully combining design and marketing ideas, resulting in well formulated design solutions.

Living with a unique name can be a burden or a blessing, but I’ve always been grateful to be tied to an original moniker. Being “Quelcy” shaped me creatively and instilled in me a desire to stand out.

Much like my name, my professional path has not been typical. I studied architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, but after working for a start-up company, I realized I thrive when multiple, disparate activities are on my plate. I came to find inspiration in food, photography and event design. Though the mediums may be seemingly different, the conceptual underpinnings and creative processes are the same.

My work is motivated by storytelling, nostalgia and preservation. If I’m food styling, I’m telling the story of a dish or a cocktail, inviting the viewer to reach into the image visually. Like a method actor, I put myself inside the head of the diner or the customer. If I’m designing an event, I’m thinking about what makes a couple or a company stand out? How do I translate that into design details and a memorable experience for the guests?

If you need help telling your story through food, an event, or a photo, let’s collaborate! Contact me today!