Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Christine Young

"I love it when my intuition or gut feeling turns out to be right."
“Usually my design process starts off with sketches and drawings of jewelry ideas or shapes and lines.”

“Growing up, I always wanted to be a fine artist and sell my paintings and drawings for a living.”

“Knowing that I didn't go the easy route makes me feel proud of what I've created.”

“Growing up, I always wanted to be a fine artist and sell my paintings and drawings for a living.”

Even though putting pencil to paper is the first step in Christine's design process, it was actually a decision to stop sketching that led her jewelry making in the first place. Feeling burnt out after completing her BFA in illustration from Parson The New School of Design, Christine took a break from drawing and painting.

But she still felt that drive to create art, so she began exploring jewelry-making techniques and quickly found her own unique style. Cutting and hammering each metal piece by hand, Christine arranges them until the shape and assembly feels (and looks) right. After testing the waters on Etsy, Christine launched Young Frankk two years ago and hasn't stopped drawing or designing since.

What does your ideal Saturday look like?
All I would need to make me happy is a good thriller/scary movie and potato chips or sour gummy candies on a cozy rainy day.

Who inspires you to do the work that you do?
My parents immigrated from Korea to America in their 20s/30s, so seeing how hard they worked to start a new life from the ground up in a completely foreign and culturally unfamiliar country makes me appreciate what they have done for me and my brother, so I in turn want to put 100 per cent in everything that I do.

What are some of your favorite magazines and websites?
I, of course, love Pinterest, which I do on the daily. Then, I like to check in with I'm Revolting, Emmadime, Miss Moss, A Merry Mishap, Pennyweight and Wit & Delight to keep up with graphic design, interior design, art and fashion.

What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
A ring that my mom's dad gave to her when she got married to my dad. I never got to meet my grandpa before he passed away, so it's really special to me.

“I've always been creating, drawing and doing projects since I was little.”