Meet Tina Frey, the resin designer Kanye "flew to see" in jeen-yuhs

Eve Edwards March 3, 2022
Meet Tina Frey, the resin designer Kanye "flew to see" in jeen-yuhs

As the final instalment of the jeen-yuhs trilogy lands on Netflix, we explore Tina Frey’s connection to Kanye West.

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy came to its conclusion on Wednesday, 2 March 2022. Directed by Coodie & Chike, longterm collaborators of Ye’s, the documentary takes an intimate look at Kanye’s rise to fame.

The third part peers behind the curtain at Yeezy, the rapper’s fashion endeavour, and takes a look at his artistic pursuits outside of music. One of the artists we see working in close proximity with Ye in the documentary is Tina Frey. Let’s find out more about the artist’s career and collaboration with Kanye West.

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy | Act 3 Teaser | Netflix

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy | Act 3 Teaser | Netflix

Who is Tina Frey?

Tina Frey, not to be confused with Mean Girls writer and actress Tina Fey, is an artist based in San Francisco, California. She primarily works in resin, creating beautiful homeware pieces for her company TF Designs.

After a stint working in finance and accounting, Frey made the move to a creative career. “I was always creative. I spent my whole childhood drawing, sculpting and sewing but it never occurred to me that I could turn that into a profession,” Frey tells Openhouse Magazine.

“I knew that if I didn’t follow this path, I would regret it, so I took the plunge and started my own company where I created my first designs and exhibited them in San Francisco, New York and Paris,” she continues.

The brand, TF Designs, was founded in 2007.

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Tina Frey and Kanye’s friendship explored

In the third part of jeen-yuhs, Kanye West can be seen taking a trip to Tina Frey’s studios. “We flew all the way to see her [Tina],” Kanye tells his father over video call.

Ye takes a tour around TF Design studios to check out Tina Frey’s latest works. He documented this trip on social media as well as in the documentary. Sharing an image of Frey and Ye side by side to Twitter, Ye calls her the “new Yeezy team member.” It is unconfirmed what, if any, work Tina Frey did with Yeezy.

It also shows that this visit took place back in July 2020. The same day, Ye also shared clips of himself playing in Tina Frey’s studio, skateboarding around the office.

Follow Frey’s work on Instagram

If you saw Tina Frey’s work in jeen-yuhs and were curious to know more about her designs, you can follow her on Instagram. The resin designer has already built up a substantial following which is sure to increase following her association with Kanye. Frey has over 19,000 Instagram followers as of publication date.

You can find her on the social media platform @tinafreydesigns.

If you are based in the California area, you can also visit Tina Frey’s pop up flagship store to check out her designs in person. It can be found at 525 San Ysidro Road, Montecito, CA and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

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Screenshot: jeen-yuhs – Netflix

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