Renee Frances Jewelry is designed and made in Brooklyn, NY. The design process is intuitive and allows for accidental "surprises." Her designs are not based on a fixed blueprint but rather grow from a loose idea and a process of discovery. Designs begin by casting a found object, often from nature, which is then manipulated into something new. Sometimes the final piece resembles the cast object but often it is so far removed from the original casting that it is unrecognizable while still retaining an essential organic quality.
Renee's love of travel is often a source of inspiration and an opportunity to find interesting materials. The first collection made this way, Tonkawa Trail, was created by casting part of a pine cone and using the cross sections as "material" to build the collection. Subsequent collections are based on castings from objects found in LA, Bhutan, and New Mexico, and other locations around the world.