Tracing How Young Frankk Develops a Jewelry Collection
One of Christine’s artworks that very much ties back to her designs.
Christine Young has always been an extremely visual person. An artist since she was old enough to hold a pencil, she got a degree in illustration before she ever thought about creating things that could hang from your neck, ears, or wrists for her line Young Frankk. “I see jewelry-making as a direct translation of my doodles and illustrative sketches into metal, which maybe isn’t the case for people with different backgrounds,” she says. See how she draws to on those carbon doodles to build out her collections.
COLLAGING SOME (VERY AWESOME) IMAGES
“First, I gather a bunch of images online and create a secret Pinterest board—and usually a physical inspiration board as well. I’ll look through magazines and blogs and get a feeling of what I want the collection to do. Even though I’m looking at current magazines, I don’t always want to do something super trendy—I want to stay true to being unique and creative.”
PUTTING PENCIL TO PAPER
“Next, I’ll start sketching out different ideas for all of the different pieces. At first, I let it all out and just go wherever the inspiration takes me. Then, I’ll start to edit a bit. But I never feel like it’s truly finished! When a deadline is coming up, usually for attending a trade show, that’s always the impetus to narrow things down.”
HAMMERING OUT THE DETAILS
“After I’ve decided which designs to pursue, I’ll begin fabricating them to see if they will actually work from the sketch. I make everything at the same time—earrings, bracelets, necklaces, whatever. Sometimes, a design that was meant to be an ring turns out to work better as a bracelet, or an earring.”
WRAPPING IT UP
“Once I’ve made the jewelry, over a longer period, I’ll photograph the various pieces for the website and do a lookbook shoot.”