Hua Chen is a designer, learner, collaborator, and sometimes writer based in Brooklyn, NY. They work on identities, print, and digital applications for clients in cultural, nonprofit, and educational spaces.
They are also deeply interested in co-learning (teaching, cooperative pedagogy), urban planning/urban policy, and permaculture.

Portfolio and CV upon request.

Gaiwan Storytelling (盖碗故事)is the personal practice of Hua Chen, centered around storytelling and self-sufficiency through craft.

Recent Stories

        2020
Jacket to hold books in while on long walks. Cotton.




        2020
Dresses made in isolation. Linen and repurposed cotton.



       This is...
A continued exploration into how to be self-reliant.





Recent Work 


American Craft Council Membership Campaign
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2020

American Craft Council has been championing crafts and craftspeople for over 75 years. Craft was made for this moment. With Sam Barbagiovanni and Wednesday Krus.

GirlForward 2019 Annual Report
2020

GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced globally. Their 2019 Annual Report focused on celebrating GirlForward girls as layered, dynamic individuals and their accomplishments, growth, and hopes for the future. With Wednesday Krus.


on design and learning
Self-Initiated
Ongoing

An ongoing writing project and compilation of personal thoughts on pedagogy, design, and practicing. An extension of critspace. Additional research and process can be found here.


Fixer
2020

Fixer provides brands with a bespoke suite of services designed to help CEOs solve problems, overcome challenges, and stay focused on core business. With Inva Çota.


OOO
2020

Base Design gets out of the studio and into the world! Sketches and identity work for Base Design NYC’s outing series. With Gabriela Carnabuci.


Material Lab at Pratt
Pratt Institute
2019

Identity work for the Pratt School of Design’s newly established Material Lab, a space for students across disciplines to experiment and learn. In collaboration with Ian Griffin.


Prattonia 2019
Pratt Institute
2018 – 2019

Creative direction, design, and execution of Pratt’s yearbook for the Class of 2019. We decided the only way to understand our graduating class was to try and shake the hands of everyone in it. With Aitana Cantú, Basia Kurlender, Lulu Johnson, and Stephanie O’Byrne.


Critspace
Pratt Institute
Ongoing

Research on modes of critique. Begun in 2018. 


Displacement, Ethics
Pratt Institute
2018

Research and personal experiments related to personal displacement.



Poster-A-Day Summer 2018
Self-Initiated
2018

Exercise in persistence and experimentation. A poster (almost) every weekday each with Basia Kurlender, Lulu Johnson, and Molly Dauphin.


The Prattler
Pratt Institute
2017 – 2018

Creative direction, rebranding, design, execution of Pratt Institute’s student newspaper.