Words by Arielle M. Myers
Christine Young has an eye for design. An illustrator by training, holding a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design, Young has pared down her aesthetic to create minimalist sculptural jewelry under the name Young Frankk. Streamlining her talent in many different mediums, she now works full time on her jewelry line from her home studio in Richmond, Virginia.
“My artwork was always evolving from whimsical colorful illustrations of friends, references from photographs that I took. More recently, my design process starts with sketches and doodles, lines and shapes that I find interesting, simple and abstract line work.”
Take a peek at Young’s personal Pinterest boards and Young Frankk’s tumblr page, and you’ll see that her design inspirations and ideas are far reaching, but her vision takes a cohesive perspective towards sleek curves and muted colors. This same vision carries over to her expertly curated lookbooks for Young Frankk, which Christine takes pride in conceptualizing and styling.
“The lookbook process is my favorite, I really love art directing and have so much fun with it. The lookbooks are normally planned or sketched out mostly based around the styling, and the styling is mostly based on a color story or mood. I usually know exactly what shots I want or am looking for and go in with specific ideas that I want to execute or experiment with, mostly based off of inspirational photos that I find. Also, with every lookbook it is important for me to try to put out something different from the last.”
In these thoughtful images, each piece resembles a tiny talisman; basic forms with a special power. Young Frankk’s bold and graphic pieces are sure to become a staple in your collection, for those who prefer single statement pieces as well as those who love stacks and layers.
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