About Us

Heather McCoyFrantik Designs are the fearlessly colourful and bold original designs created and individually hand painted by Cairns artist Heather McCoy.

I am a self taught artist and began painting on flowerpots as a hobby in 1988 when I moved to Cairns. I sold them at Rustys Markets for several years.

In 1996  Frantik Designs became my full time occupation and I opened a shop in Grafton St , sharing space with another artist.

Whilst in the shop I designed and produced a whole range of items, which included chairs, small tables, lamps , mirrors and clocks. I used wood, papier mache, and recycled materials .

18 months later I moved back to my home studio and went into wholesaling painted tiles and small wooden items to gift shops around Australia.

In 2003 I opened a gallery in Sheridan St to showcase my paintings and worked from there for 4 years. This was where my iconic crazy cross-eyed emu was hatched.

I was inspired to learn pottery after a trip to New Zealand in 2012.  After an introductory course at Tafe and a few private lessons I became totally obsessed and I now produce wheel thrown functional pieces in my trademark colours and style.

Currently I work from my home studio, along with the help of my husband Adrian, creating many gift and souvenir lines which are sold in select stores throughout Australia.

Cairns Post Article Dec 2005

    Cairns Post Article Dec 2005


Pier Mud Markets Advert Mar 1998

Pier Mud Markets Advert Mar 1998


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