Frank Krenz’ Inkblot

When I published Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity last spring, I got a couple of surprising inkblots in the mail right away. One was from my father (which I will post, too, in a couple of weeks), and this one from my great and good friend, Frank Krenz. The antennae on the butterfly are dimensional, it is done with watercolor, which somehow adds these tiny, lively, vein-like marks–like lungs, like a heart. The creature has been poised on my wall–ready to take flight and leave this world.

  Frank died recently–an amazingly painful loss. He was a remarkable person, a fantastically gifted draftsman–the guy could really draw. He was a wonderful costume designer, filled with ideas. I miss him every day.

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13 Responses to Frank Krenz’ Inkblot

  1. kahori kanaya says:

    Frank design costume for my shows.
    I am sad to say good bye to him.
    And I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  2. Diane Hall Grabemeyer says:

    We shared a birthday and celebrated together all through college. I built costumes for and with Frank at MSU. Lots of laughs, blood, sweat and tears and many fond memories. Always friends eventhough time and geography separated us. My heart breaks!

  3. I worked with Frank on costumes for a number of Broadway and off-Broadway shows in the 1980s and remember him as a talented costume designer and a lovely person. I still smile every time I think of him walking through Barbara Matera’s costume shop with Pip following behind.

  4. Laurie Brown says:

    Im just now seeing that Frank passed. We worked together back in 2004. Can you give me the info on his death?

    Much appreciated.

  5. Seth krenz says:

    Thank you all soo much for sharing your stories of yourselves and my uncle Frank. He was a great man and will be missed by all.

    • inkblotgal says:

      Your Uncle Frank was a really special person–fun and funny, kind, amazingly gifted, beloved–as you know! I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for writing.

  6. Herman Costa says:

    Frank and I were neighbors . . . he was the boy next door. We used to hang out on his stoop and chat ’til the wee hours. He was such a special, caring and talented guy. I miss him . . .

    • inkblotgal says:

      Thanks for writing, Herman. We were talking at Parsons-Meares yesterday about how fresh our grief is. We all miss him so much.

  7. bett kopit says:

    Today is Frank’s birthday. I miss you so much, beloved Krenz. You are always in my heart.

  8. Tony Powell says:

    OMG!!! I’m just now learning this! I knew Frank and his partner Peter Landry, from Michigan State….spent many a time at their place on Kedzie St, in Calument….and they got us (my roomie Tony Franklin) the apt on W 80 St in NYC…we lived the next bldg over! I’m so sad to learn this

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