FINI: our final bow

THOUGHTS FROM CASEY
Cheers to the frank finale.   
 
 Due to the ever flow of life and change, we are embarking on a new era.   

 
My heart is heavy thinking about how much I will miss this business, this space and most of all my partner in crime. Shannah has been my ying for 11 + years.  Many have thought she was also my wife. I mean we did raise a few dogs, 3 crazy kids, experience deep loss and plan a wedding at the studio.  She has been my therapist, teacher and the big sister I always wanted.  She pushed the designs and fine tuned all the details. It has been so comforting to have such a loyal, trustworthy teammate all these years.    
 
I can’t help but be so proud of the all our accomplishments. I remember when the Getty museum ordered our jewelry I thought our work is in the Getty.. well the store but those are just details.  For every success we had our fair share of failures, also known as learning experiences.  How many times did we say “well I guess we know not to spend thousands of dollars on that show or at least we got a fun trip out of it.”  We did get to see America, “Love” in Vegas, The Arch in St. Louis, ice skate in NY, deep dish in Chicago and all of Hartford Connecticut has to offer, just to name a few. I loved that with every adventure we took the scenic route. We never became millionaires, but that was never our priority.  We wanted to create pieces that spoke to people’s soul, that they wore with pride because we pridefully created them with our hands.  Different was what we strived for and I think we accomplished that. I am so appreciative to all our frank fans that supported our endeavor these past 11 years.  I can’t thank you enough.  Without you none of these memories would have been created. 
 
I am excited to be able to continue to create the prints of love and personalized products.  I see how much it means to people to savor those moments and wear something that has been touched by their favorite people.  
 
So in conclusion I want to cheers to the frank finale and celebrate new beginnings.  

 

THOUGHTS FROM SHANNAH

Writing blog posts are always hard for me, but this one will definitely be one of the hardest. For the past 11+ years, ok even longer if you count our time at Studio 3-0, Casey and I have been creating together and our reign as partners in creating crime is about to end. Casey and her family will be moving to NC this summer to start their next chapter and as a result we have decided to honor our collaboration by putting a bow on our pewter line of jewelry in order to create space for our new solo adventures. Our partnership has always been about balance, each pushing each other to get out of our comfort zones not only in design but in business, money, sales and life.  We have experienced travel, births, deaths, and triumphs.  We have made hardware, sculpture, lighting and jewelry. We have had cuts, burns and bruises. We have laughed, cried, and fought. This is the longest partnership that I have had and I am going to miss it.  I am proud of what we created and I am grateful for all our friends, family and fans that have been so kind an loyal for all these years. Casey possesses so many of the positive qualities that I lack, optimism, joy, faith and even though they annoyed the shit out of me at times I am grateful that it has been part of my life and I hope to carry a part of that with me in the future.

It has been hard to come to terms with these decisions, there is fear in starting something new and there is fear that I can not do it on my own. Silver, gold and diamonds have been calling my name for a while now so I am going to explore them and see what I come up with. I am also looking forward to getting back to working on some small conceptual sculptures. I will continue on with the f. is for frank name knowing full well that I have a lot to live up to.

Thank you Casey for this amazing company and friendship that have we built together.

My keyboard is covered in tears so I am going to stop writing and leave you with some pictures.

XOXO,
shannah