frankie Magazine July/August 2018

frankie Magazine is an Australian bi-monthly with a difference. A niche-style title with mainstream appeal – filled with fashion, art, craft, music, cuteness and real-life inspiration – frankie is dedicated to uncovering the newest trends, celebrating the latest creative talents and delivering sharp, honest, laugh-out-loud stories their readers can relate to.

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in this issue

1 min
first thought

you might have noticed this issue of frankie looks a little bit woollier than usual thanks to the needle wizardry of embroidery artist Sophie MacNeill, aka Slow Stitch Sophie. The Canadian maker has a knack for stitching free-hand, abstract floral designs, but it’s not just her ace craft skills that have us feeling inspired. Rather, it’s her approach to art, that could just as easily act as a loose guide to life. For one, when she first puts needle and thread to cloth, she has no clear plan for where the piece will end up. She experiments a little; follows her instincts; and isn’t afraid to put a foot (or stitch) out of step. Things do get chaotic and messy now and then – you need only have a gander to…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, Thank you so much for the amazing Tara O’Brien poster from issue 83. As someone in their mid-20s who’s coming to terms with their body and the way it looks, I was so excited to put this up on my wall. I’m learning that it doesn’t matter how my body looks – it’s what it does that’s most important. It walks to work; it dances; it hugs the people I love. And I love it no matter how much space it takes up. All my love, Emma xx Dear frankie, As I have aged, I’ve found myself doing something I like to call ‘internal laughter’. It’s when you find something funny and laugh on the inside, instead of actually laughing. That is, until I read Eleanor Robertson’s piece, “You’re…

19 min
frank bits

ah/ok Who needs to travel to Como, Italy, and sunbake on the shore of its famous lake when you can jump on ahokshop.com, fork out about $64, and have a little (silky) slice of the city sent your way? Billed as a headband, this piece of printed prettiness can also be worn as a scarf, a bracelet, or anything else you choose. Just so long as it’s done with a gelato in hand. Perhaps while riding a Vespa. We’ll leave the rest up to you. space otter A few things Liverpool artist Katy Lee is fond of: bad puns, semiaquatic mammals, and the deep, dark depths of outer space. She’s found a way to weave them all together in this patch combining pencil art and embroidery, and if you’re wondering if we dig…

3 min
time spent that might otherwıse be forgotten

Tell us about your series, Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten. Cross-stitch embroidery has been sewn directly onto family photographs, breaking them down and reforming them into a pixel structure. As areas of the image are concealed by the embroidery, small, seemingly trivial details emerge, while the larger picture and context are erased. I’m interested in the disconnection between actual experience and photographic representation, and photography’s ability to supplant memory. With the embroidery taking on the form of digital pixelisation, it draws a comparison between forgetting and file corruption. How did the project start? The use of family photographs was inspired by an accident my brother had, when he was hit by a car in New York City. Luckily, he has fully recovered, but he was in a coma for…

3 min
the name game

As a woman rapidly approaching the advanced age of 30, I'm discovering there are a few issues involved in being too old to wear pigtails, but not yet old enough to get away with orthopaedic shoes purchased from the local pharmacist. (As soon as I see my first grey hair I will weld a pair of homypeds to my feet and refuse to take them off.) It turns out there are downsides to outliving two-thirds of the Brontë sisters, and not all of them are having lurid and intrusive paranoid fantasies about your own untimely death. One of those problems is the halting blankness of the brain that occurs when I have to mention my significant other in a conversation with someone who doesn’t know him. Am I supposed to call…

3 min
one for the team

When Claire Nakazawa was in primary school, she loved soccer so much that she asked her mum to sign her up to a local team. “At that stage, there were no girls playing in the Blue Mountains, so I played in the boys’ comp,” Claire explains. “A year later, more girls came and we had an all-girls team. Then, another year after that, there was a women’s comp. It was cool to see the girls’ side grow.” As an adult, Claire’s been meaning to take up soccer again, but balancing a visual arts career with interstate writing intensives, touring, rehearsals, recording sessions and meetings for her band Haiku Hands means her schedule is “really random”. “When you’re part of a team, you really want to be there,” she says – a…