Francine Moo-Young is a lifelong artist and maker with a desire to create beautiful and functional wearable art. Her concept shop, MOO-YOUNG, is nestled in Chophouse Row and features her unique, handmade shibori-dyed leather pieces, bags, and accessories.
|Although she never imagined it would ever be her career, Francine Moo-Young has always been a maker. Born in Jamaica to a family of Caribbean, Chinese and European backgrounds, Francine and her family emigrated to the US when she was four and a half years old. “I learned to make and remake things,” she said. “I learned to sew when I was five.”|
At MOO-YOUNG, Francine creates gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces using high quality leather and a dying process inspired by Japanese shibori. She creates clothing, bags, wallets, shoes, wall hangings, and jewelry, and is constantly experimenting and following her curiosity to the next creation. “My motto is, don’t stop to think about it,” says Francine. “If I start thinking, I’ll mess it up. If I’m making bracelets and I have an idea for dyeing leather, I just get up and go dye the leather. You just have to trust in yourself that it’s going to work.”
Francine didn’t always have this kind of trust in herself or her creative process. For years she pursued a societally-imposed definition of success, earning degree after degree, and working in industries that exhausted her and made her deeply unhappy. She moved to Seattle in 2010 to start over, and began stitching together little pieces of leather from her previous job in fashion to hold her keys and wallet. That was the beginning of MOO-YOUNG. She discovered shibori when her sister invited her to a class in New York. Francine was hooked, and dedicated herself to figuring out how adapt the shibori technique to work on leather. Nowadays, Francine follows her curiosity and creative instincts to new challenges, and trusts in the evolution of herself and her process as an artist. In addition to showcasing her craft at MOO-YOUNG, she also holds workshops and classes at her studio nearby for people to explore their own creativity. Francine hopes students walk away with a beautiful, custom piece and have fun discovering the maker within themselves.
|Francine’s first experience with the possibilities of dyeing fabric was when she was seven or eight years old and she accidentally spilled bleach on her favorite handmade skirt.|