old school bio
Co-owners and designers Shoshannah Frank and Casey Melton present wearable art with their distinctive jewelry collection, f. is for frank. Drawing from multiple creative mediums, both women utilize their sculptural backgrounds as the base element in all their work. The search is never-ending for new textures to mold, new silhouettes to interpret, and found objects to manipulate. These inspirations converge to express a “story without words.”
The women came together after studying art during university in San Francisco and Georgia. Both had moved to Dallas when Casey answered an ad to assist Shoshannah at an architectural elements design company. In 2007, Shoshannah broke off to start her own endeavor where Casey joined her soon after. The women decided to partner and the company evolved into f. is for frank jewelry.
Shoshannah is the realist, a planner, and meticulous while Casey is an optimist, spontaneous, and thrives when things get a little messy. Their contrasting but complementary styles inform all aspects of the business and create a cohesive and well-rounded jewelry line. The two work in a true yin and yang format, literally finishing each other’s sentences. The refinement of their work comes from a controlled madness behind the scenes.
Keeping to the philosophy of the perfectly imperfect, every handmade creation is truly unique, offering a balance between art and function. Every f. is for frank piece is designed, cast and finished in-house at their Dallas studio. As artists, the pair’s main goal is to continuously experiment and evolve with each new line.
In 2018 Casey and her family moved to NC and Shoshannah continued f. is for frank as solo venture.
“It’s the ones that are a bitch to make, the labors of love, the ones that really push me to the limit…those are the pieces that really feed me.” – Shoshannah