Who is Jenny Schrank?

Designer. Writer. Connector.

The design community is a society of architects, interior designers, fashion designers, engineers, developers, contractors, artists and artisans who do remarkable work. I connect these inspired individuals and support the growth of their creative endeavors. I write about their successful careers and noteworthy projects. I brainstorm, research, listen and learn. I get to know my subject, understand the target audience and then carefully select words to create a story.

Every professional and every project has a story. I want to tell yours.

Disconnected in NYC

June 2nd, 2012

Can you live without your cell phone? Have you tried lately?

While I know there are still a precious few who are going against the grain of society, I am firmly part of the the technology-dependent majority. Now I may not be super savvy with my iPhone, but I rely on my S assistant and all the data the device holds. I am even addicted to my Word with Friends entertainment. So, what happens when you get up at the crack of dawn for a flight to NYC and after picking up your travel companion, going through airport security, purchasing a much needed coffee and heading to your gate minutes before your flight…you realize your phone is in your car in the airport parking lot?…Panic!

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Aga Artka and Jenny Schrank Reflect on ICFF

May 28th, 2012

I had the pleasure of traveling with my design-minded partner in crime -  Aga Artka - to ICFF in New York City. After missing it last year, I couldn’t wait to get back. And how fun to watch Aga take in her first ICFF experience. On assignment for M Magazine, we had the opportunity to share some of the show highlights with the M audience…and now with you. We are excited for you to read about a few Milwaukee-area connections - how fun for us to be able to talk about local talent as part of the inspiring encounters at this international design show.

http://www.mmagazinemilwaukee.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=DesignerInsider%3ADesignInspiration&category=Dwellings

Passion, Drive and the “It-Factor”

March 4th, 2012

I had the pleasure of attending another ASID/IIDA Wisconsin Interior Design Student Career Day this past Friday at American Family Insurance. The committee created a great schedule of presentations and activities to inspire students and prepare them for their professional careers.

Aga Artka and I teamed up for a presentation titled “Who Are You?” We gave students a structure for developing an “elevator speech” and tried to get them to think “out-of-the-box” in terms of what they can offer a future employer. Every designer needs to understand they bring more to the table than a design degree and design-related experience. It is their other unique skills and characteristics that will set them apart from the competition. And if you have a few minutes with a new contact, how are you going to communicate that? What can you say to someone that will make a good first impression and leave a lasting impression?

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Be Inspired - Meet Carlie Nesgoda

February 9th, 2012

After numerous emails and polite persistence, I was finally able to connect with Carlie Nesgoda last week. Carlie was interested in learning more about my business and how to use her design and architecture studies to pursue her passion. I always enjoy connecting with driven students, so we met for lunch and a chat. It didn’t take long for me to be impressed and inspired by this emerging professional.

Carlie is passionate about an idea, a project, and helping her hometown thrive and grow…it seems to me she hopes to help make our world a better place one little corner at a time. I invited her to share her thoughts here as a guest blogger for as long as she wants to stay and share.

If you want to see what a future leader is thinking about today, read on…

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Back in the Classroom at UW-Stevens Point

February 1st, 2012

Aga Artka and I headed to the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (my alma mater) today to continue our classroom tour. It was good to be back “home.” I enjoyed every minute of my Pointer education and hope we we were able to inspire some soon to be graduates.

Kudos to Amy Bourassa, Kaitlin Wolfe, Ella Frances Horner, and Ashley Hanseter for already reaching out to me via LinkedIn. Good luck building your network!

Do You Have What it Takes to Succeed?

January 23rd, 2012

Aga Artka and I are on the school circuit sharing our experiences and motivating interior design students to take charge of their careers. A design degree provides a great foundation for professional success.

Embrace the knowledge you are gaining in the classroom, be proud of your past experiences, recognize your strengths, let your passions guide you, and grab hold of your future.

See highlights of our presentation to design students at Waukesha County Technical College in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Meet Me at the 6th Annual Milwaukee Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show

September 28th, 2011

I have said it once, and I will say it again…come to the 6th Annual Milwaukee Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show September 30th - October 2nd at The Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Support furniture, art and accessories that are Made in America. Meet talented craftsmen. Learn the unique story behind each piece of furniture. Have fun, look around, and maybe buy a piece or two…or make a connection with someone who can make the perfect something for your home.

Join us!

I hope to see you there!

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Come to MIAD for Gallery Night!

July 29th, 2011

July Gallery Night offers a sneak peek of the 6th Annual Milwaukee Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show on July 29 & 30, 2011.

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Over fifteen of the show’s exhibitors will have their work on display at the Milwaukee School of Art & Design (MIAD) Friday from 5pm -9pm and Saturday from 10am – 4pm. Gallery Night will offer a preview of what visitors can look forward to seeing September 30 – October 2, 2011 when the show returns to The Garage, the special exhibit building, at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Featured Gallery Night Exhibitors:

Anthony Kajfez, A.K. Artistry – Pleasant Prairie, WI

Dennis Bork, Antiquity Period Designs, Ltd. – Delafield, WI

Dwayne Sperber Furniture Maker – Delafield, WI

Paul Morrison, The Wood Cycle – Oregon, WI

Dale Osowski, Timberwerks Studio - Mequon, WI

Mary Obodzinski, Studio 1136, Inc. – Crystal Lake, IL

Kathleen & Dale Eggert, Eggert Glass – Shorewood, WI

Mick Biersach, Wisconsin Woodgrains LLC – Pewaukee, WI

Richard Hoffstedt, Cherry Canyon Designs – Spring Lake, MI

Dan Dricken – Milwaukee, WI

Mark Cherry Cabinets – Allenton, WI

Ed Gilbertson & Chris Scharpf, Gilbertson’s Stained Glass Studio – Lake Geneva, WI

Martin Vertacnik – Milwaukee, WI

Tricia Shay Photography – Oconomowoc, WI

Steven Puetzer Photography – Oconomowoc, WI

In addition to these new and past exhibitors, MIAD students, faculty, and alumni will have a collection of furnishings on display.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to win a Gallery Night Door Prize donated by Gilbertson’s Stained Glass Studio. In addition, a custom bench/coffee table designed and handcrafted by Wisconsin craftsman Dale Osowski will be on display. This piece was part of the recent Breast Cancer Showhouse and will be the Grand Door Prize at the fall show (value $850).

GALLERY NIGHT DETAILS:

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

273 E. Erie Street

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Friday, July 29th from 5pm – 9pm

Saturday, July 30th from 10am – 4pm

FALL SHOW DETAILS:

6th Annual Milwaukee Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show

The Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum – Milwaukee, WI

400 West Canal Street (Crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets)

www.harley-davidson.com

September 30 – October 2, 2011

Friday 4 pm – 8 pm

Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Tickets: Adult one day $10, two days $15, children under 12 free

Website: www.FineFurnishingsShows.com

Telephone: 401-816-0963

Custom Flower Design by Fresh Design

July 18th, 2011

I met Sue Shunta of Fresh Design when we were both starting our businesses…almost eight years ago. I was blown away by her then, and I am again now. Somehow we lost contact until I was recently thinking about just the right touches for my client’s open house. A modern house needs modern flowers, and if you go to www.freshdesignflowers.com you will see what I am talking about.

Sue, it was great connecting with you — Thank you for the perfect arrangements for the egg design group! I can’t wait to catch up and see your studio.

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the egg design group - Manor Makeover Open House

July 15th, 2011

Introducing–the egg design group.

Passion, creativity, hard work, and dedication have paid off for Lynn Tarrence. She launches her design firm with a home renovation in Bayside. Check it out this Saturday and Sunday (July 16 & 17) from 1-4 pm. These photos don’t do it justice. I have loved every minute of my time in the house and have light fixture envy!

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.

- Enrique Jardiel Poncela

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