Pennyweight Goods No. 03 / by Elise Joseph

Photo by Joe Gomez.

Photo by Joe Gomez.

Last year around this time, I bought myself Young Frankk's X Brass Cuff for my birthday, and have literally worn it every day since. When I began thinking about Pennyweight Goods, I just knew I had to ask Christine of Young Frankk to design a limited edition, brass cuff for each of you. My dream came true and I'm so thankful that I get to work with and support such amazing artists each month. I hope that this truly special piece is the perfect everyday addition to your own wardrobe.

Photo courtesy of Young Frankk.

Photo courtesy of Young Frankk.

How did you get into jewelry design?
I attended college for Illustration but after graduating I took a break from drawing and painting and was looking for something different that would refresh and energize my creativity. So it was perfect timing for me when I somehow stumbled upon jewelry making and fell in love with it.

You graduated from Parsons School of Design for Illustration, how did that experience influence your jewelry design?
The thing about Illustration is that it's not just drawing, it involves all aspects of art, design and craft, which encourages problem solving. So although making and designing jewelry was a new process to me, it was an easy transition to start designing jewelry by translating the line work in my art into wearable drawings.

What is the creative community like in Richmond, Virginia?
I moved to Richmond from Brooklyn less than two years ago, so I still feel fairly new to the city. But it's surprising because although it's not a huge urban city with a ton of resources, it does have the top public art and design college in the country, so a lot artists, designers, musicians and creative people in general congregate to the city. Richmond houses a lot of independent thinkers and makers all with their own projects going on so there's always something to see, something to do, and something to listen to. 

What does a typical day look like for you?
Because I work around my own schedule, I usually sleep in and start work around noon—which is so bad! As a result, my day ends late, around 9 or later at night. So lately, I've really been trying to start my days around 9 am, which I've really been enjoying. Normally I'll start by responding to emails and getting the computer stuff out of the way. Then I get started on making jewelry - either for wholesale or online orders - and this takes up most of my day. At the end of the day, I pack all the orders, which is my favorite part because it's fun to pack them up and see my babes all grown up and ready to go off into world. 

Can you tell us a little bit more about your process?
For me, it's all about finding the inspiration to steer the direction of every new collection. I find inspiration from all elements of the art and design world, from sculpture all the way to interior design. Then I sketch out the different ideas and designs that I have in my head onto paper, to make them more concrete. Next, I cut and hammer the metal pieces by hand to create a final product. 

Where did the inspiration for this Pennyweight Goods piece come from?
For the Pennyweight Goods piece, I was inspired by the Pennyweight blog, so I designed it while keeping the Pennyweight audience in mind. I wanted to create a piece that would be modern and bold yet, at the same time, I wanted it to be understated enough to wear everyday. This cuff is actually one of my favorite pieces that I've created and I'm really happy with the outcome!

Photos by Joe Gomez.

Photos by Joe Gomez.

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Thank you to Joe Gomez for the photos and video, and to Young Frankk for the image of Christine.

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