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Franscis Balken is a New York City based artist. She currently studies Apparel Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Though Franscis is dedicated as an apparel designer, she additionally works across various media. Franscis creates through concept based work; she values research and process and channels her creative expression in her play of materials. Franscis pulls inspiration from her experiences outside the studio — she was fortunate to grow up in fast-pasted NYC while also spending time on a farm in Western Massachusetts; she additionally has international roots in Indonesia, Argentina, and Canada.