Friday, July 25, 2014

Call for entries! F&S Design Competition for Craft Cubed 2014

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“The Art of Handmade.”
Craft Cubed is Craft’s annual festival of experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. Featuring exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and events, Craft Cubed is a unique umbrella for practitioners and the public to engage with contemporary craft and design.

Celebrate “The Art of Handmade” with Frankie and Swiss and Craft Cubed 2014 by entering the the F&S 2014 Design Competition! Submit your design by the 17th of August for a chance to win cash prizes and see your design digitally printed onto beautiful natural fibre fabric. Winners will be announced at the Frankie and Swiss Open Studio on Saturday, 23rd of August!




How it Works

1. Create your design. Sky is the limit here! Whatever medium you create art with, whatever technique you use, from abstract art and traditional drawing to sketching, painting, or doodling—we’re looking for it all! You decide the size, scale, colour palette and theme/subject matter.

2. Download the entry form (see below)

3. Submit your design. Email us at florence@frankieandswiss.com.au with your entry form and design file.

4. Winners will be selected by a panel of guest judges and Jacqui (co-owner of Frankie and Swiss).





Categories
You can win in one of the following four categories:


‘With My Own Two Hands’ Prize: $200
This category is for traditional designs; painted, sketched, collaged or pieced together predominantly by hand then turned into a digital format at the end of the design process.

‘OK Computer’
Prize: $200
This category covers the digitally ‘handmade’ designs which are made predominantly on screen (computer, ipad or camera). Click, tap and swipe your photographic, digitally collaged or computer rendered designs.

‘The People’s Choice Award’ Prize: $200
All designs will be available to peruse on Facebook on Monday the 18th of August. The design with the most likes wins! Voting closes 12pm, 22nd of August.

‘Best in Show’ Prize: $500
Our panel of judges will decide on their absolute favourite design from any of the categories.  The judges will also look at how well considered the design is for digital print onto natural fibre fabric (see what Florence likes to print below).





Submission guidelines
  • A participant can submit one entry.
  • Entries must be submitted:
    • as a JPEG file at 150dpi
    • no larger than 10MB

Deadline and important dates
  • The closing date for entries is Sunday, August 17, 2014.
  • People’s Choice Award – designs will be available for viewing and voting on Monday, August 18 through to 12pm Friday, August 22.
  • Winners announcement – at the F&S Open Studio Saturday, August 23, 2-5pm.





Inspiration and tips!
Our digital printer (we call her Florence) loves printing designs that use or recreate handmade techniques such as watercolour effects, gradients, painterly textures, sketches and collages as well as designs with great contrast and lots of variation in texture and tone. Florence also loves a great photograph or multilayered digital collage too! She tends to shy away from large areas of flat colour and doesn’t print fluorescents or metallics.

For some inspiration head over to our printed textiles Pinterest board, Instagram or The Leaf Series store!

Open Studio – Saturday, August 23, 2-5pm
As part of the Craft Cubed Festival 2014, we invite you to visit our South Yarra studio. Watch Florence in action with a printing demo and have a chat with us about digital print and design. Shelter from Melbourne’s chilly winter with some mulled wine and roasted almonds!  Winners of the Fabric Design Comp will be announced and winning designs will be printed and displayed on the day!










Monday, July 21, 2014

Upcoming course with Angie Rehe

The awesome Angie Rehe of The Patsyfox Drawing Salon is doing a 

Digital Fashion Illustration course 

at Frankie and Swiss!

There are a couple of spots left so get in quick if you would like to come and join in.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Show me Your Art for Ndoto Afrika at Frankie and Swiss

We are really excited about the upcoming event on Friday 8th August that Ndoto Afrika is holding in our studio.
You’re Invited!
 
 
Ndoto Afrika is  a non profit organisation based here in  Australia supporting sustainable living projects in rural African communities. The projects are carried out through partnerships with African non profit organisations that are founded and run by African people. Working in such a way creates a sense of ability, ownership and engagement and allows sustainable growth in these communities.

The initial project comes from a need for toilets for the local schools and community in Chamwino, Tanzania. Imagine sending your children to school where there were no toilets for the children to use! A big part of the project will include education about sanitation and hygiene as well an ongoing maintenance plan.

The event will be an amazing mix of visual and performance art with pieces coming from both Australian and International artists. We will have dance performance, African drumming, African food, drinks and an art show and auction as well as a great group of people coming together to support the project and have a great time. This is an open invitation and free entry event. We welcome you to come along and bring friends!
 
Here is a sneak peak of what’s to come:
 
Tai Snaith illustration
 

Mr Congo artwork
 
Sutueal Bekele Althe artwork
 

RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/873177192708188/
 
For more information please contact Bridie
ndotoafrikabridie@gmail.com
0423 259 940
https://www.facebook.com/NdotoAfrikaDream

Friday, July 11, 2014

Come along! Brown Owls Crafty Get Together next Thursday

Join us next Thursday night (17th July) for the July Brown Owls get together! Back to our usual routine for this one. Bring along a project you’re working on, be it something crafty or otherwise!, and chat away a few hours with some likeminded and lovely ladies.

Because it’s cold and wintery, I say I’ll cook up some warming Gluhwein, delicious! And if anyone else wants to bring a treat along, yay. I think I’ll make a cheese platter too, double delicious! So, all that should get everyone excited about coming next Thursday – chats, laughing, Gluhwein, cheeses, treats, crafting. A fun time:)

We love new faces, so don’t be shy, email michelle[at]frankieandswiss.com.au or rsvp via facebook, here, twitter and do come along.

Date: THURSDAY 17 July 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:)
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Craft: BYO a project / printing demo by Michelle maybe?
Goodies: Gluhwein! Cheeses – normal and of the stinky kind! Tea and biscuits – Feel free to bring something along as well.

RSVP: You can leave a comment here or email michelle[at]frankieandswiss.com.au or social media me:)
See you all on Thursday!
xx Michelle

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Frankie Magazine 10th Birthday Party!

FUN! We were super excited to be invited to the Frankie Magazine party last week - we had a ball! Such a fun night with yummy sweet things to eat, a sausage sizzle, fun DIY crafts and .... and awkward portraits - what more could you want?! Yes, awkward portraits! You know those right? If not – this is them:

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Hilarity! This is Jacqui (in white glasses and a funny facial expression), Rachel (sporting the lovely brown paisley vest), Cesar (in lovely red swirly getup) and Bridie (with a neck twinge and large brown glasses!). Michelle couldn’t go as she was in the USA, she was so bummed!

Cassie from Firecracker Events did a sterling job with the venue and pulling it all together – a beautiful church hall in Richmond. From the sausage sizzle to the beautiful Australian natives from Grown and Gathered, it was magnificent!

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Entertainment for the evening was provided by local bands The Twoks, The Furbelows and The Pink Tiles and  Gemma Jones' did a bit of DJing as well. 

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Have a look at all the goings on here.  Beautiful photos are all shot by John Deer from Clever Deer Photography.

T’was a brilliant night. Hand claps to all involved!

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Update - tonight's Crafty Owls CANCELLED

UPDATE:
Tonight has been CANCELLED!!! I'm so sorry for the late notice and inconvenience!

Join us in June once again for some fun:)

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Next Tuesday night is Brown Owls, yay! It's at our place again this month - WITH A CHANGE OF NIGHT. Next Tuesday!
Shannon has made this little calendar of the rest of the year as well. Things have been getting pretty hectic for Shannon and I lately. She's currently working and living part time up in Brisvegas until the end of July, and I'm (Michelle) moving to Detroit in August! But don't worry, my sister Jacqui, Rachel, Bridie, Cesur and Robyn will keep the wheels on the studio running smoothly:)
It means we need a little switcheroo for the dates and venues for our upcoming meets. Hopefully this doesn't cause anyone too much inconvenience.  Thanks for your understanding!
June Owls will combine with a MASSIVE ETSY & UNLEASH CREATIVE CRAFT PARTY! So don't miss that one:) We had a blast in April, lots of new faces which was lovely! So come along next Tuesday and have a laugh and craft with us!

Date: TUESDAY 13 May 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:)
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Craft: BYO a project / printing demo by Michelle maybe?
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]frankieandswiss.com.au or call me:)
See you all on Tuesday!
xx Michelle

Monday, April 28, 2014

Invite to an Exhibition 9th May – 15 June 2014


A few weeks back I instagrammed this picture below and it met a huge response! No wonder though – it’s the beautiful work of Jacqui Baxter, an artist whose botanical work has adorned textiles in all forms from bed linen to cushions and now chairs.

She’s having an exhibition in May/June – do make some time to pop along and see her magnificent work!

All the details are below:

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Instagram: Jacqui Baxters peonie’s printed on 100% linen.

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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:)
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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]frankieandswiss.com.au 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.

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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!

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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.

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


TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.


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