Youngest NFT artist raises awareness for tweens

10 year old Australian artist Franc is blazing a path across the metaverse as the youngest ever Australian artist to debut an NFT collection, Heart Strings.

Drawing upon TikTok tutorials and Pantone colours, Franc’s works capture the vibrancy of a girl striving for her best. She will debut 36 NFTs based off 12 multi-media original artworks in MP4 format.

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More importantly, Franc created the collection to raise awareness for Franc.World, a platform she co-created to educate and empower other Australian tween girls (aged 9-14).

Heart Strings – fittingly to be released on Valentine’s Day on Opensea – is not about romantic connections, but highlights the importance of self-love and care for all girls.

10% of each original artwork sold will go to Franc.World, used to support initiatives such as the Franc Award for Art and the annual Franc Report on girl’s mental health. Funds will also be directed to the platform’s chosen charities such as Share the Dignity and the Indigenous Literary Foundation.

‘We want to show girls that you really can do and be anything,’ said Franc in the official statement. She also invited other aspiring artists to participate in the world of NFTs.

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Franc.World Co-founder Annika Launay said: ‘Franc.World is all about embracing girls’ natural interests and encouraging them to explore their passions without fear,’ while adding that it is especially important for tweens. ‘A girls’ confidence drops on average by 30% between the ages of 8 and 14,’ said Launay.

For the NFT collection Franc will be channeling her own love of texture, pattern and bold colours to create works that are equally sensory in the digital formate.

‘Tweens love things like slime, pompoms and fidgets,’ said Franc. ‘While my artworks are fun to create, they are amazing to touch and play with – the perfect artwork!’

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