Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Holiday dates 2017-2018!

Wow, it’s been a while between posts! We’ve been busy bees which is a great thing for our business. And now we are in our 7th year. Yes, 7! Time seems to be speeding up with each day and year that passes. Some changes we saw this year: Rachel jetted off to France for a year and we welcomed Vanessa to our crew. Mareesha and Robyn are going strong and Jacqui continues to captain the ship in South Yarra while Michelle works quietly away in the USA on a big huge project. More on this really really soon!!!!! A massive thanks to everyone involved in Frankie and Swiss and all our wonderful supporters:) We appreciate you! Yay team F&S!

We’ll be heading off on holidays from 21st December 2017 and re-opening on Monday 15th January 2018. 
Thank you to all of the amazing people we’ve worked with during the year!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Workshop: Artwork to Fabric with Jacqui Baxter

We're hosting Jacqui Baxter's beautiful workshop 'Artwork to Fabric' Saturday 24th of June. Be surrounded by flowers and foliage in our (beautifully heated) studio and learn watercolour and ink techniques from the best. We'll then transform your artwork into a tea towel or cushion!

To book in click here

The results! Beautiful illustrations printed onto Belgian Cotton/Linen and sewn up here in the studio. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Design School! 25th and 26th February

Digital Textile Design - Weekend Short Course 
25th and 26th February 
10am – 4pm each day 
Venue: Frankie and Swiss, 8/199 Claremont Street, South Yarra
Develop textile designs from concept to cloth. Create digital artworks and learn how to create a seamless repeat pattern ready for print.

Covering the basics of digital textile design using Adobe Photoshop and (to a lesser degree) Adobe Illustrator including:

  • Digital image manipulation and editing. 
  • How to prepare a hand-generated design, a photograph and a digital design for print. 
  • File formats, file preparation for print, resolution/quality and colour management. 
  • Creating a seamless repeat pattern. 

Prerequisites: Beginner knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. You must be able to bring your own laptop with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

The Frankie and Swiss studio is brimming with colour and pattern and will provide a visual reference and context for developing your very own customised fabric designs.

At the end of the workshop, you’ll have gained both practical and theoretical experience in developing a textile print from initial concept through to final digital design. You’ll have the chance to see first hand the digital print process.

This course is facilitated by Rachel, our in-house textile designer at Frankie and Swiss. Rachel studied Textile Design at RMIT and has been part of the Frankie and Swiss family since the business was established in 2011.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

We're hiring!

We're excited to announce that we are looking for someone to fill a full time position here in the studio! The Frankie and Swiss business is growing and we're looking to expand the team by welcoming in a new accounts manager. If you're interested in joining our vibrant team, click HERE to apply.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Closure dates 2016/17

Well! 2016 is coming to a close very shortly, time flies quicker it seems the older I get! We are so proud of our team at Frankie and Swiss. It's 6 years now!! YES, 6 YEARS!! Rachel has been with us since the very beginning in 2011 and Mareesha, printer wrangler extraordinaire is a few years in! And Robyn, our accounts guru, is about 5 years in! There are also all the work experience people that come and help us out as well.  And a massive thankyou of course to our loyal customers, we really thank you for coming on this amazing journey with us. Awesome:) Over the past few years, things have just got busier and busier, we have ramped up our production capabilities with in house sewers and also we have our second much loved printer. It's amazing, and we are truly blessed to have talented people make this all happen every single day! Yay Team F&S!!!

Soooo, this post is actually supposed to be about deadlines for print and production for Christmas, I just got a little sidetracked with gratitude;)

Take a peek below:

Official cut of dates for receiving order before the holidays:

- Print and Sew 2nd December (whoops, this has already passed, but depending on quantities, we may still be able to slot your job in!!)

- Print Only 9th December

Also please note! 
We’ll be heading off on holidays from 20th December 2016 and re-opening on Monday 16th January 2017. 

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

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

5th November–Belinda Marshall workshop!

Have you ever wanted to try abstract acrylic painting? In this workshop you will be gently guided through a project working with acrylics on a wood panel.

The workshop will give you an introduction to colour mixing composition and working with layers.
You will have the opportunity to play and experiment and be inspired by your own creative potential.
Materials included and a yummy treat + tea/coffee will be provided.

Take home your first little ready to hang painting {and your works on paper}!

** Workshops will be limited to a small number of students **

Belinda Marshall will be teaching the workshop based on her years of self-taught creative practice.

Saturday 5th November 2016
Frankie and Swiss Studio
Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road
South Yarra

No experience necessary, all materials are provided, all you need to do is bring yourself.
Refunds on workshop bookings are not available, however if you can’t attend the class you are more than welcome to send someone in your place!

** If you are interested in future dates, private group bookings or would like to know more please email on **

An apron will be provided but please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting splashed with paint!

*PLEASE NOTE: Refunds on workshop bookings are not available, however if you can’t attend the class you are more than welcome to send someone in your place!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fashion Illustration Course

The fabulous Angie Rehe is holding a new Fashion Illustration course here in our colourful studio. They are always such fun with such a great teacher! Bookings via the Drawing Salon

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Creative Women’s Circle

Today is the last day for a little discount off membership with the Creative Women’s Circle! Get on over to the website and sign yourself up!

If you’ve never heard of the CWC, let me tell you all about it! We are super huge fans of the CWC, firstly because it’s the brainchild of our friend Tess McCabe, an all round amazing human. Secondly, it’s a great forum to meet and chat with like minded creatives around Melbourne (there’s interstate meetings too!). And thirdly, the resources the CWC provide are top notch. Informative blog posts, podcasts, a breadth of information at your fingertips, interviews, networking opp’s, and so much more.  

From the CWC:

“ Have you been meaning to join Creative Women’s Circle for a while? Well, now is the time to join us and reap the benefits. The CWC Mid-Year Membership Drive is on until June 30 – you can save 10% off the full price of membership, just in time for the end of the financial year (and it’s tax deductible!).

There are a whole host of benefits, including the opportunity to join a Members-only Facebook group (launching in July!) to discuss the highs and lows of being a creative, entrepreneurial woman; the chance to attend and vote at the AGM in August; plus discounted event tickets, product discounts, and the chance to attend Member-only events.”

Go have a look, you’ll be super happy you did:)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Angie Rehe Courses

The ever wonderful and talented Angie Rehe is running a few new courses. Get in fast as they book out quick! Held right here in our studio.

Fashion Illustration – Capturing “The Look”
Spend a day learning how to capture someone’s style and look quickly, as a fashion illustration.
Quick fashion portraits are hugely popular – stylish sketches capturing a person’s look make great mementos and an excellent way of documenting fashion.  How do you do it?  What captures the person?  How to do it quickly?  Learn the fundamentals of fashion illustration and how to create these sketches, includes live-model sketching.  Snacks and materials provided.
When:  Saturday 27th February 10am – 4.30pm
Cost: $165 includes materials (including paper).
Bookings & enquiries:
Venue: Frankie and Swiss: Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road (Corner Claremont Street) South Yarra.
Fashion Illustration Fundamentals suits a broad range of people from beginners to those with some drawing experience.  It’s a comprehensive 12-week course which will take someone from the very foundations of fashion illustration through to an understanding of the various media most useful in this discipline, as well as exploring more advanced media and concepts such as compositional planning, training your selective eye, alternative views, and menswear.
This course is excellent for reviving previous drawing skills and taking them further, or for applying skills from a related discipline such as fine art or graphic design, to the art of Fashion Illustration.
Everyone can learn to draw; they just need the right approach and techniques.
Tips and short cuts included.
(This course leads directly into the Advanced Fashion Illustration course.)
When: Wednesdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm  March 9th – May 25th 2016  (12 weeks)
Cost: $875.00
Bookings & enquiries:
Venue: Frankie and Swiss: Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road (Corner Claremont Street) South Yarra.  
Advanced Fashion Illustration  This course was created due to the popular demand of students who could see the exciting direction of their work and wanted to take it further.  Sessions are experimental, challenging, and varied – they are continually evolving and responding to student requirements, exploring media, techniques, and styles.  Incredible results are achieved and many past and current students are working commercially or in their own practice.
When:  Tuesdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm  March 8th - May 24th 2016 (12 weeks)
Cost: $875.00
Bookings & enquiries:
Venue: Frankie and Swiss: Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road (Corner Claremont Street) South Yarra.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tropical prints

The studio is being gradually turned into a tropical paradise as we've been stuck on big leaves, bright flowers, lush textures and exotic birds in our recent creative ventures. 

Tablecloth printed on the 100% Linen. Chair fabric printed on the Belgian Cotton/Linen.