Casey Melton grew up in Roswell GA. Influenced by her mom, a painter and graphic designer, she received a degree in Sculpture and Marketing from the University of Georgia. After college she moved to Dallas to work for a Studio 3-0 by Brad Oldham (co-owned by Shoshannah Frank). There from 2005-2007, she created interior architectural elements and learned the art of pewter casting.
Co-owners and designers Shoshannah Frank and Casey Melton presented wearable art with their distinctive jewelry collection, f. is for frank. Drawing from multiple creative mediums, both women utilized their sculptural backgrounds as the base element in all their work. The search was a never-ending for new textures to mold, new silhouettes to interpret, and found objects to manipulate. These inspirations converged 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 informed all aspects of the business and created a cohesive and well-rounded jewelry line. The two worked in a true yin and yang format, literally finishing each other’s sentences. The refinement of their work came from a controlled madness behind the scenes.
Keeping to the philosophy of the perfectly imperfect, every handmade creation was truly unique, offering a balance between art and function. Every f. is for frank piece was designed, cast and finished in-house at their Dallas studio. As artists, the pair’s main goal was to continuously experiment and evolve with each new line.
In 2018 Casey and her family moved to NC and then back to her hometown of Atlanta, GA to create her own endeavor, Casey Melton Studio. Shoshannah started a new line under the Shoshannah Frank name. Both remain the best of friends.