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