Thursday, April 3, 2014

Brown Owls social next Thursday

You might not know already, but we host in conjunction with Shannon from Miss Jackson in St Kilda a monthly get together of creative crafty types. This month it’s at our studio and next month it will be at Miss Jackson. There are some regulars, and always new comers – so feel free to pop along if you’ve never been before, but have wanted to!! It was a group that Pip Lincolne from Meet Me at Mikes started years ago and it’s a fun group of ladies:)

We usually either do a theme for the night (eg, crochet) or a BYO night (bring your own project) and we all chat, eat cake and have a drink! Next Thursday, perhaps we do a BYO and if anyone wants – I’ll do a printing demo?? Bring along a USB and we’ll have a bit of a printing sesh:) Follow file set up in > this info doco.

Date: Thursday 10th April 2014

Time: 7:30pm onwards

Venue: Frankie and Swiss, Ground Floor, 199 Toorak Road, South Yarra. It’s the building on the corner of Toorak and Claremont Street. Right on the #8 tram or a 2 second walk from South Yarra station. I’ll also have parking available underneath the building. You’ll need to call me (9826 4261) to buzz you under:)
Craft: BYO a project / printing demo by Michelle

Goodies: We will have the usuals, like tea and biscuits – Feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills!

RSVP: You can leave a comment here or email michelle[at] or call me:)

See you all on Thursday!
xx Michelle

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Business Plan workshop for creative types -this Saturday

There’s another event in the studio this weekend – a business planning workshop for creatives. A very important workshop if you are considering setting up your own business, no matter how small or big:)

It’s being run by Helen Roe from The Orange Lantern and she’ll be providing all sorts of advice, tips and tricks and serious business know.


Date: 1 March 2014, 9.00am - 4.00pm 

Location: Frankie & Swiss, 199 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Tickets here

By the end of this workshop, you will have learned how to:

  • Clarify your business values and vision
  • Paint a picture of your Business Landscape
  • Determine what Products and Services you'll offer
  • Understand your competition, and what makes you stand out from the crowd
  • Identify who your perfect Customers are and how you'll reach them with your getting the word out Marketing Plan
  • Set and manage money goals that honour your values and align with your life
  • Select your Circle of Support to help you get the work done
  • Map out concrete Action Steps to bring your Right-Brain Business Plan® to life!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

You’re invited! Artist Miranda Skoczek–this Sunday in the F&S studio!

imageUmmmm, we’re just a LITTLE bit excited about the next Creative Womens Circle event in the studio this SUNDAY. Tess, who runs the CWC, has a superior sense of guessing exactly who we want to hear speak! This month it’s amazing artist Miranda Skoczek. She’s got a stellar eye for colour, is completely funny and witty, and is engaging just as your amazing body of work is. Can you tell that we’re slightly excited!


In the words of Tess from Creative Womens Circle:

“Our first Melbourne speaker event of the year is this Sunday! Artist Miranda Skoczek unashamedly delights in creating pictures which are joyous and celebratory, and enjoys putting incongruous things together in a harmonious, and hopefully, beautiful way. Her paintings have been acquired by numerous local and international collectors and she has enjoyed countless sell out shows. And while Miranda been an exhibiting artist for the last 10 years, she is also mum to a pre-school age son.

At the colour-drenched
Frankie & Swiss studio, Miranda will provide insight on her career to date, her work/home balance and her creative process. Afterwards, join us for some delicious morning tea.

Date: Sunday 23 February, 2014
Time: 10am-Noon
Venue: Frankie & Swiss, Ground floor, 199 Toorak Road South Yarra (
enter via Claremont St laneway).

Cost: Members $11 / Non-members $22  Members can log in and
find the discount code here.

10% of ticket sales to this event will go to Guide Dogs Victoria.



Monday, February 17, 2014

Painterly Designs for Mim and Lily

One of our most favourite things to do in our studio is painting! Getting right back to the brush and markings by hand. We've been doing a lot of this lately and one of the projects now a reality is this one - new fashion label, Mim & Lily. Working closely with the lovely Emily, one of the co-creators of Mim &Lily, we created designs based on her inspiration for the range - big, bold and painterly! Starting with original paintings, sketches and collages (always lots of fun creating in the studio!) we developed digital designs ready for their range of cute tops, dresses and jackets.

It's an absolute thrill to see the designs transformed into a complete range and we are looking forward to working with Mim & Lily again. It's everything we love: colour, fun, collaboration and local Australian design.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Belinda Marshall collaboration ~ Feb 2014


Adore Magazine Feb 2014. Photography by Martina Gemmola

A sneak peak in last months Inside Out magazine hinted of things to come and the feature in this months Adore Magazine kicks it off - a textile project that Belinda Marshall and I have been toiling away on for a while! We’ve created together a collection of nice things for the home – colour cushions, art tea towels and some other VERY exciting things that are in the pipeline, like seriously exciting!

I first met Belinda a few years ago, immediately drawn to her her calm and meditative work. Beautiful, serene, reflective, the adjectives are endless. It’s hard to resist the swathes of colour Belinda puts to paper, wood, mini notepad, whatever she can get her hands on!


She’s experimental, reflective and serene with a stoic strength that drives her. Amaze:) And it’s all there in her work for all. Who can resist such soothing combinations of colour! 


In Belinda’s words:

“I am a Melbourne-based artist & surface designer. I mainly work with acrylic paint, graphite, hand stitching and collage.
My work is an exploration of emotional reactions to the beauty within my immediate environment. A connection to my experience of an idyllic country landscape during childhood drives the need to portray the beauty found in domestic settings and urban landscapes in my work.
My works depict my vision of a perfect world - a calm, meditative space - communicated through layers of colour blocks and sections of representative imagery and repeat pattern. I focus only on what resonates and draws me in.
By expressing observations of beautiful objects and moments in my work, I aim to create a space for the viewer to form a deeper connection to his or her surroundings and to access the contentment that can be experienced from this process.”


Belinda’s textiles are over in both of our shops – ours (The Leaf Series shop) and also Belinda’s shop


Michelle xx

Friday, January 24, 2014

Back to it and an Australia Day present to you!

imageOk, this is the third time I’ve sat down to write this post, the first time was the first day back from Christmas holidays. The second time was last week, and now here we are, the third week. So, I am not moving until I finish.

So whats been going on so far…easing back into the swing of things lasted for about an hour on the first day back! It’s been good though, not too busy, that kind of busy where it’s a little crazy. There’s a little time to try and re-arrange the studio a bit and get some design work done.

Cesar and Florence are getting along well – oh, did I introduce Cesar yet? No! I don’t think I have. Cesar is our new printer gal (actually he’s a guy, but in a studio of ladies, he has to kinda fit in a bit). Florence is being kind to him (most of the time). She does like to be a bit cheeky sometimes!

Oh - you know what - I’m actually going to wrap up this post now as it’s Friday night, pens down! I was going to write a massive post about The Big Design market and an entire wrap up of 2013 and outline all the plans for 2014 we have in our heads…PENS DOWN!!!

How about I end now with this fun little thing, a Happy Australia Day present for everyone!

Let’s do a textile print sale – 20% off all printing!

What do you think? If you like it, make sure you tell us in your email enquiry/order with this code FLO ROCKS. Yay!!

Xx Michelle

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Closure dates

It’s been yet another massive year at Frankie and Swiss HQ. We’ve expanded our little team to include Bridie and Cesur. And we said goodbye to Kate as she made her way up to Darwin for an adventure! We’ve been busy bees all year and we thank all of the amazing people we work with to make that happen! To think that only 2 years ago, Florence was just a spec of an idea. And now she’s a very busy lady indeed!

Thank you to all of the amazing people we’ve worked with during the year!

We’ll be heading off on holidays today, so please note we will be closed from 20th December 2013 and re-opening on Monday 13th January 2014. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

photo 2Belinda Marshall artwork prints on 100% linen.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Art + Macramé = artcramé

Tiel from Tsk Tsk is an artist whose worked I have long admired and loved. Pippa from Ouchflower makes tassles, knots and macramé, dip dyed to perfection. Two very different creative practices. So what happens when these two arts come together? This is!


Tiel’s artwork and Pippa’s knots are a match made in heaven and it’s so exciting to see this collaboration come to fruition! It’s been about 6 months in the making.

There are 3 of these pieces in existence. Pippa spent a crazy amount of time knotting away and it is truly reflected in her amazing work. Each of the macrame’s are different adding to the uniqueness of each piece.


Each panel is so gorgeous that I actually want to keep them all! But seems that other people think the same thing – one has already been snapped up! They’ll be for sale at the upcoming Big Design Market here in Mebourne.
December 6th -8th 2013
Just in time for the holidays!




xx Michelle

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Printing Dates

imageIs it beginning to feel a lot like Christmas? Maybe the festive season hasn’t quite started as yet for humans, but it has for Florence! She’s a very busy printing machine at the moment, and is getting busier and busier as Christmas approaches. 

We'll be printing all the way up to Thurs 19th Dec with a last mail run on Friday 20st - keep in mind postage times! **Please keep in mind postage times!** Any orders printed after December 11th might not reach you before Christmas, so don’t leave it to last minute!!**

LAST PRINTING DAY = Thursday 19th December
LAST MAIL RUN = Friday 20st December

*Cut off for pre Christmas delivery for CUSHION/other product PRODUCTION orders = 2nd DECEMBER*

Please make sure if you have product production orders that you get them in to us as by 2nd December so we can schedule your project and send it to you in time for Christmas. We all know Australia Post is stretched – so allowing for postage time is super important!

Our printing turnaround is 7-10 days (with postage time on top of that) and production is 14 days (with postage time on top). We often turnaround projects quicker than that, but to avoid disappointment or rush charges, please give us enough time for your project.

We'll be back printing in the new year Monday 13th January 2013:)




Thursday, November 7, 2013

Come to the second last Brown Owls Craft Night of the year!

Yep, it’s November already. I know everyone feels the same way when I say the old cliche – seriously where has this year gone?!

So it’s our last time this year to host Brown Owls – next month it’s Shannon’s turn:)

Let’s just do a BYO this month, what do you think? Bring along whatever project you’re working on and we’ll sit, chat, drink and have a lovely time. Is it too early to have champagne – has the festive season not started yet? Let’s do it anyway! I’ll have some delicious champagne for us all as well, why not!

Date: Thursday 14th November 2013

Time: 7:30pm onwards

Venue: Frankie and Swiss, Ground Floor, 199 Toorak Road, South Yarra. It’s the building on the corner of Toorak and Claremont Street. Right on the #8 tram or a 2 second walk from South Yarra station. I’ll also have parking available underneath the building. You’ll need to call me (9826 4261) to buzz you under:)
Craft: BYO a project.

Goodies: We will have the usuals, like tea and biscuits – and because it’s nearly the festive season, a little champagne as well! Feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills!

RSVP: You can leave a comment here or email michelle[at] or call me:)

See you all on Thursday!
xx Michelle