Photography by Christa Kimble

Photography by Christa Kimble

Yao is a watercolor artist and designer based in Columbus, Ohio. While she has been painting and drawing since the age of 5, her introduction to watercolor really began a few years ago while exploring new painting techniques. With this medium, the connection was immediate and it has since defined her painting style and marked the beginning for Yao Cheng Design!

Located in downtown Columbus, Yao Cheng Design was founded in 2012. Our online retail shop + design studio is where Yao’s modern and bright watercolors come to life through products and clientele work. The retail side focuses on a range of products for the home, such as art printstextiles, and paper goods while the design studio focuses on creating specialty Bespoke and Collection wedding stationeries for brides and larger clientele projects. With each project and design, Yao's work is always about capturing the immediacy of expressions through color, shapes and brush strokes. The emphasis on imperfect marks and unpredictable colors is what makes her designs stand out and feel personable. 

Best known for her simple and expressive watercolor style, Yao's designs and products can be found in select retailers like West ElmOne Kings Lane, our online shop and Etsy. She is also the co-founder of Rise & Design, a Columbus meet-up for creatives. Her online tutorial series with Creativebug offers an introduction to watercolor. We will also be announcing for an upcoming product release with Chronicle Books fall of 2017! She has been featured in renowned publications such as Southern Living, HGTV Magazine, Better Homes and Garden, Good Housekeeping, Style Me Pretty, and Design Love Fest. If you have a project or inquiry about working with us, please get in touch!