Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Upcoming Courses by Angie Rehe

The very talented Angie Rehe is holding two new courses over Jan and Feb right here in our studio. The first is a super fun-looking watercolour and ink workshop. For the second one; we're getting involved! Create your artwork with Angie, and we'll print it onto beautiful natural fibre fabric. 

Watercolour & Ink Technique for Fashion 

Illustration (January 31st)

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Are you sick of making mud pies with your watercolours and inks?  
This intensive workshop will look at the ways that both media are used, starting with the various qualities of the media, and the importance of tools – brushes, paper, etc.
We’ll start with a range of fundamental techniques and progress through some advanced effects.  It will be creative, it will be fun, you will love it!

When: Sunday January 31st 10am – 5pm
Cost: $155 (includes snacks and materials – you just need brushes/palette/water jar)
Bookings: salon@patsyfox.com
Venue: Frankie and Swiss: Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road Sth Yarra

Fashion Illustration for Digital Textile Printing 

Workshop (February 6th)

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This workshop is a collaboration between The Drawing Salon and Frankie and Swiss, the fabulous boutique textile printers whose beautiful venue The Salon’s classes are held in.  
Spend the day enjoying a Fashion Illustration workshop, experimenting with inks and watercolours to produce an artwork which you can then have applied to your choice of textile product.  Frankie and Swiss will be on hand to demonstrate the process of scanning an original artwork, preparing it for printing, then printing it out onto fabric using “Florence”, their digital printing machine.Over the weekend, I will scan and prepare your artwork and on Monday Frankie and Swiss will put your print into work.  Within 2 weeks your product will be delivered to you.  If you love it so much that you want to have one made for everyone that you know, or you want to start your own cushion/tote bag/tea towel empire, you can also order more! (Please note you can order more up front for a separate fee straight to Frankie and Swiss – email me for pricing – wholesale prices apply to orders of 6 or more.)

So what can you choose from?
1 x 45cm square cushion made from 100% cotton canvas, printed front / plain back, invisible zip on lower edge, with black or white piping.
2 x 100% linen tea towels.
1 x Tote bag made from 100% cotton canvas, finished size 46cm x 37cm, with black or white webbing straps perfect length to wear over your shoulder.  Printed front side.
All made right here in Melbourne, of course!What to I need to bring?
Colour pencils
Your paintbrushes with a palette and water jar.When where and how much?
Saturday 6th February 10am – 4.30pm
Frankie and Swiss studios, Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road
South Yarra Victoria 3141
$245 inc gst and postage.
Strictly limited to 12 places.
Bookings and enquiries salon@patsyfox.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Many of you might know Florence, she is the cornerstone of our little business here at Frankie and Swiss. She is our wide format textile printing machine... Our trusty and old friend Florence has been with us from the very beginning since 2011. At the time she was a revolutionary piece of machinery, Strong, solid and shiny! But with the rapid technological growth and development of our industry we've seen a huge improvement in the speed and quality of wide format textile printers.

We have been fortunate enough to grow our business and have now found ourselves in the very exciting and wonderful position where we can continue to grow by upgrading our respected and much loved Florence with a faster and improved machine. We have spent the last couple of months preparing our new printer and she is finally up and running. So from today, our new printer will affectionately be known as Florence II (yes, we are quite attached to our old girl!!)

So, on to the exciting stuff!! Florence II is much faster which in turn will enabling us to offer a very competitive wholesale pricing rate. This new Pricing will allow us to support our much loved Australian design industry and 'give back' to the industry that has been so supportive of us for the past 4 years. You can download the new pricing and information document HERE!

So, many of you might be wondering where that leaves our old friend Florence and what the next stop in her journey as a wide format textile Printer will be...Well, she staying here with us! We hate goodbyes so Florence will be staying just where she is!!...

Monday, October 26, 2015

From Artwork to Fabric With Jacqui Baxter

New Jacqui Baxter workshop dates are in!!! We had such an amazing time a few months ago at our last Jacqui Baxter spontaneous illustration workshop so we've lined up another!! 

 By far the most beautiful workshop we've ever held!


The final product!! So beautiful! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Upcoming Digital Textile Design Short Course

After such a fun and successful first 'term' of our Design School Short Course: 'Digital Textile Design' we are back by popular demand and running another!

Starting with basic Photoshop and Illustrator skills we go through how you can utilise these for digital textile design, including how to create full drop and half drop repeat patterns. At the end of the course each student has the opportunity to print 1/2 a metre of their very own textile design onto any of the natural fibre fabrics in our range. 

Over 4 weeks, every Thursday night - starting 5th of November.  6-9pm.

Bookings via our Design School page.

Bring your own laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Claremont Artists' Market Tomorrow!

We'd love for you all to pop on down to our South Yarra studio tomorrow (Saturday 22nd) and check out all the beautiful things that will be here.  We have 20 stall holders bringing their amazing goods - a range of home wares, jewellery, art pieces, furniture, gifts, plants, leather goods and lots of other lovely things! Come in, have a chat to the makers and peruse all the goodies! 

The studio is in the building on the corner of Toorak Road and Claremont Street (look for Bank of Melbourne) - entry via Claremont Street - either through glass sliding doors, or through side door in alleyway.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Studio Events

For those of you who have been in to visit us at our Frankie and Swiss Studio in South Yarra, you will know that we are very fortunate to have a beautiful, big, creative open workspace. We have decided to encourage the use of the studio space and make it available outside of our usual operating hours for workshops, meetings and events…

We have quite a few exciting events booked in, the first of which is an Art exhibition with a twist!


Mr. Congo is a poet, artist and DJ. He has DJ-ed for some of the top venues around the world.  Mr Congo fuses hiphop, jazz and art into his creative endeavours and is renowned for introducing people and connecting multiple interests and skills to energise creativity in one another. His creative attitude towards life allows for a broad scope of interest including interstellar travel, artificial intelligence, African- American culture, and using the written/spoken word as a medium of connection with people. He continues to learn about life through listening to others experiences as they travel this timeframe with him and after him.

Mr Congo is bringing this fusion of art to the Frankie and Swiss studio on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th August from 6pm.

A great opportunity to come and meet an interesting, eclectic artist doing what he does best, we’ll be here too so come and say hello!

If you are interested in booking the studio space for an event, please contact bridie@frankieandswiss.com.au

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Craft Cubed Event

collaborative embroidery - working with digitally printed fabric (unleash creative frankie and swiss dandelyne) craft cubed festival melbourne 15 august 2015

We are so excited about our Craft Cubed satellite event this year!! Along with Magdalena from Unleash Creative we have organised a day of embroidery fun in our studio!  'Australia's embroidery Queen' - Sonia from Dandelyne will be here in the studio sharing her tips and tricks to get everyone embroider-ing like a pro! 

Artworks have been supplied by Hello Pants, Santiago Sunbird, Kirbee Lawler and Marc Martin which we are printing onto fabric - ready for embroidery embellishment. The choice of artwork will be a tough one as they are so stunning, but this means you can't go wrong! At the end of the day everyone will have a beautiful piece of fabric to take home (as well as embroidery hoop and needle to continue your masterpiece if you don't finish on the day).

Head over to the Unleash Creative website to book your spot!  Saturday 15th of August.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Give a Flying Duck Competition

A few weeks ago The Flying Duck Hotel ran a competition with our help to find a selection of awesome, duck-related artworks.

To see the winners pop over to @theflyingduckhotel on Instagram or Flying Duck Hotel on Facebook.

We loved the winning designs, but also had to show you all a few of our favourites - these ones definitely need an honourable mention! 

Keep an eye out on The Flying Duck Hotel's instagram for the launch party! Yay - see you there!

Friday, July 10, 2015

L.E.A.F Series New Addition!

We are super excited about our newest collaboration with local artist Angie Rehe.  Angie is a Melbourne-based designer and illustrator and has been working in the fashion industry since graduating from university in the late 80’s. She's a "gun for hire" doing freelance work for print advertisements, fashion websites, brochures, invitations, design storyboard presentations, books, trend forecasting, greeting cards, stationery and bridal commissions. Hilarious, vivacious and insanely talented Angie brings some 'tude to our L.E.A.F series.

Together with Angie we have created these gorgeous silk jewellery rolls featuring her beautiful illustrations. The rolls are so great for keeping jewels safe on all sorts of adventures! We love all the pockets - no more disastrous messes of necklaces to de-tangle.

The range of four jewellery rolls; 'Parisian Girls' (we love these sassy ladies) and 'Jewels' in three colour ways. Printed on Silk Crepe de Chine and hand made in Melbourne. Available through the L.E.A.F series store.

In between creating stunning illustrations Angie also runs Illustration courses right here in our studio! They look like a whole lot of fun and there are a few new courses starting soon! Check out deets below.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Amazing William Morris

On a recent trip to Europe I visited some beautiful textile museums, probably the most inspiring being the William Morris Museum in London. Situated in his old family home, it is a great overview of his life and work.

If you’re not familiar with his name, you will definitely recognise Morris' textile designs; intricate, flowing and truly timeless, they are just as admired today as they were when first produced in the late 1800's.

Some of William Morris' most popular designs.
Morris' ever-evolving business started as an interior design consultancy firm which also produced the items they used to ‘deck-out’ some of the wealthiest people’s homes of the time. He was a big player in the Arts and Crafts movement and eagerly encouraged the resurgence of traditional British textile arts and artisan manufacturing. Morris was quite revolutionary in his socialist views, he despised the Industrial Revolution and the ugliness it brought with it.

Hand drawn and painted wall paper design, fabric length and wood block-cut at the William Morris Museum.
I found the similarities of the textile manufacturing world that Morris lived in and our own local textile industry fascinating. The difficulties he faced such as ethical manufacturing and affordability for the ‘everyday’ person are very much topical for us at Frankie and Swiss and for many of our customers. He had setbacks and failures along the way (like painting a hall at Oxford University without proper preparation so that it faded within months) which is always encouraging to hear that these kind of things can happen to the most successful of people!

Wall paper and textile swatches in the museum. (We like Morris' views on gentler dyes and colours!)
I also visited museums in France, Switzerland and more in England with some of the most incredible textile pieces. The richness of the textiles and garments that were created even from very early times across Europe and the Middle East always blows me away. 

Beautiful embroideries and jacquard woven fabric at Musee des Tissus in Lyon, France.
Another must-see destination for me in England was Chatsworth House (if you're an Austen nerd like me, it's Pemberley in the 2007 movie). What I loved most about this stately home was the way the beautiful, old artworks, furniture and home-wares were displayed alongside modern art pieces. The juxtaposition gave a life to the house and showed the older pieces in a new light - very different from some of the stuffy old castles! It gave modern art and design a place in the history of the house. Check out the incredible modern art exhibition of chairs they currently have scattered through the house here.

Antique Japanese wallpaper, heavily embroidered curtains and a modern art chair installation at Chatsworth House.
Back in the studio and I'm still of course getting to see beautiful, printed textiles.