|ranki is blessed with an artistic family. Her father and aunt made jewelry and they embraced her early zest for creativity. Although she learned some basic techniques from them, she is primarily self-taught. One of Franki’s fondest memories is raiding her mother’s jewelry box and designing something “new” when she was about four years old.
In 2003, Franki took a leap of faith and left her 25 year career in social work to follow her true passion for designing her own line of jewelry.
|“Out of my Hands” comes from the acknowledgment that Franki’s talents are not of her own hands, but come from above. Franki’s hands may do the work, but it is the letting go and trusting the Creator that truly takes her pieces “out of my hands”. People have said that what makes Franki’s work special is her ability to put colors, stones and other materials together with a sense of splendor, nature and synchronicity. Her designs fall everywhere on the continuum from funky to classic; lending a personality to her work that can’t be duplicated. She is able to bring to fruition what is truly unique, coupled with the finest “craftsWOMANship”. This sets Franki’s one-of-a-kind creations apart.
Franki’s pieces can be seen in museums and boutiques in Taos, NM; Hilton Head, SC; Rainsville, AL; and Denver, CO. Her work can also be found internationally in England and Greece. Her wearable art is held in the private collections of many including an Emmy award winning news anchor, internationally known movie critics “The Reel Sisters”, as well as Louis Vuitton master calligrapher Hilary Brendemuhl.
Franki says, “I find my spirit is constantly nourished by the Creator, the ancestors, my family, and Colorado’s breath-taking surroundings. I am truly blessed.” Franki resides in Denver with her artist husband Joel and their three children.