Talking with My Dad

My dad, John N. Frank, has always been a writer, and last year he ventured into play writing for the first time.

He put on his play, New Years Eve at Grandma's House, last April at Piven Theater with members of a theater troupe he formed. It was the story of his childhood, growing up in an Italian-American family in New York City. You can read more about that performance here

New Year's Eve at Grandma's House  poster

New Year's Eve at Grandma's House poster

I also did all the designs for it, which can be seen here.

Now, this year, he is on to his second play, Talking with My Dad. Also a personal subject, it explores the continued relationship between parent and child, even after the parent is deceased. 

My dad, as a kid, and my grandparents.

My dad, as a kid, and my grandparents.

My dad has started a fund-raising campaign in order to bring this next play to the stage. Perks include tickets to see the show and meeting the cast. Please consider donating - here.

Or, go see the show later this year if you are in or around Chicago!

Vibe of Portland

About a month ago, I started volunteering with Vibe of Portland, an organization that brings art and music to schools where funding for the arts has been cut. I work as an assistant art teacher in an after school program for 6th - 8th graders. Its been awesome to get to know the kids and see them get so excited about creativity.

As an artist and a kid who loved art class, I know how important art education is. Kids need to develop the creative side of their brain, not just the analytical. It is necessary for a fully rounded individual. Art also allows them a place to escape from routine, a place to do whatever they want, to be and express themselves, and to discover their own ways of problem solving.

Its a really great organization to be a part of, and I'm so honored to be working along side people who are passionate about the subject.

In a week and a half, Vibe is hosting an event at Migration Brewery. A portion of all proceeds from that night go to support Vibe. All you have to do is go out for a beer as usual and you'll help more kids have access to art programs. Also, Migration makes really good beer and they have $11 pitchers for happy hour as well as $3.75 pints and $3 - $5 appetizers. But only until 6pm. So get there early and support Vibe!

On another note, I'm excited to start doing some design work for them soon.

On another note, I'm excited to start doing some design work for them soon.

Leg Warmers

Made the first one over a year ago. Finally finished the second one yesterday.

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Its not too fun to make two identical things in a row, but I'm so glad I have them now for this cold weather!

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Good for wearing with boots, or just around the house. 

My Spice Sage site redesign

I currently work as a designer for an online spice retailer, My Spice Sage.
They recently undertook a site redesign. Not only do we now have a much more focused aesthetic, but they opted to make the move from photographic images to illustration. This is very exciting for me, because now I get to spend all my time drawing fun food things.

I've added a new section of these illustrated banners here, as well as below, for your viewing pleasure.