I wanted to share some pictures I took at my friend Kate of Na Nin Studio's opening this past Friday. She opened up a brick and mortar shop in Richmond, VA where she will also be hosting great workshops, events and pop up shows to come. Enjoy!
Also be sure to check out our collaborative Young Frankk x Na Nin cuff available exclusively on her shop here!
I was recently tagged by the beautiful and talented Lauren of Lauren Winter to do ‘The Ever Expanding Blog Post’, which is a series of questions that makers/designers ask themselves in a self-interview then tag other makers/designers that they admire. Thank you Lauren for inviting me!
What am I working on?
I am in the process of working on several different collaborations with various designers that I truly admire and respect so I am very excited about each one of the projects. Can’t say too much about them now but they will all be releasing in the next month or so. Other than that I will get started on my next collection for spring, which I have so many ideas for spinning in my head/ sketchbook.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Oof, this is a hard question. I think it may differ because it is constantly evolving. I’m not sure if there is a specific or certain ‘Young Frankk’ look because I like to constantly be thinking ahead by bettering myself and my work, whether its exploring different techniques, materials or styles.
Why do I create what I do?
I’ve always been a creative person, always drawing, painting or sewing or making random things growing up but I never thought I’d do jewelry, which is a craft that I discovered after graduating college for Illustration. But I always knew I wanted to start my own line where I’d be designing and making my own products and so this was the perfect outlet. I love what I do and am continuously growing from this huge learning experience. I also feel so grateful to be a part of an amazing community of independent makers, designers and boutiques that support products that are made by hand locally.
How does my creative process work?
It always starts with a sketch, sometimes right before I go to bed, I’ll get an idea and then I’ll have to get up and sketch it down immediately. I get my inspiration for a new collection from everywhere and anything, whether its fashion, nature, photography, interior design or graphic design. It all is so informative.
The X Cuff is back in Gold plated, available online here.
I’d like to introduce Series: A Collaborative Space for Creatives, a one month long pop-up space put on by one of YF’s stockists, Young & Able opening this fall in downtown NYC. Series will be featuring beautiful products from emerging designers and fun, informative events for the community like workshops, talks, designer trunk shows, and of course a few celebratory parties! Between events, the space will be open everyday to shop, discover, and gather with friends. There will even be a workspace in the back to hang out and share your own projects.
Young & Able launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to support the space, please take a look at their video to learn more about Series and donate to get some great incentive prizes! Also see Rosa, founder of Young & Able, wearing the Kin Necklace in the video!
I had a great time this past Saturday at The Makers Summer Sale outdoor event with Kate of Na Nin Studio, Caroline of giantLION and Kristy of drift/riot. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see us, it was so fun meeting all of you!
SAVE THE DATE // for those of ya’ll in the Richmond area, join us for an outdoor summer sale with some great Richmond makers // Aug 16th from 4-7 // food & drinks // in the lot next to Yesterday’s Heroes Vintage. Hope to see you there!