frankie Magazine January/Februrary 2019

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
you might have noticed something exciting about our cover artwork this issue:

specifically, that it was painted by a little artist named KEN BLOODY DONE. (Note: we can’t say for sure whether ‘Bloody’ is on his birth certificate, but it certainly seems fitting for an Australian icon.) Painted in 1991, the striking piece is called 'Butterfly dreams', and when we sat down to chat with Ken for this issue, he told us the sweet tale of how it came to be. “When I first went to Japan, I was very interested in Japanese art and poetry,” he explained. “There’s a wonderful little poem that says, ‘I would learn of their dream in flowers, but butterflies have no voice.’ It’s about the fact butterflies live for such a brief period of time. All they would understand is being in the beauty of flowers, so…

3 min
dear frankie

LETTERS@FRANKIE.COM.AU My dearest darling frankie, Thank you for being just as wonderful, if not more than I remember. I was a long-time subscriber, but I’ve been travelling and working overseas for a few years. I keep up with the emails and Instagram, but it just isn’t the same as the physical feel and smell of you. On my annual visit home this month, my sister – bless her cotton socks – brought me her year’s subscription to spend hours perusing. Thank you for bringing me inspiration and the comfort of an old friend. All my love, Lou x Thank you, Michelle Law, for shining a light on being a proud cheapskate. “In a Tight Spot” is the first article where I’ve had people call, message, and send me a carrier pigeon to…

17 min
frank bits

the social outfit You know that meme where Homer Simpson slowly backs into a bush? Donning The Social Outfit’s botanical print could well offer you the same leafy protection. Should you ever find yourself in an awkward situation, simply pop on a garden-inspired, silky piece of clothing, place yourself by a bed of flowers, and prepare for confused expressions as the folks around you wonder where you’ve gone. Other cool things about the range? The print was designed by young migrants and refugees in Sydney’s Liverpool area, and can be nabbed from thesocialoutfit.org the swish plates Nothing says, “I’m a grown-up human who knows how to do things like changing light bulbs and organising my tax,” quite like a fancypants dinner setting, and these four pieces of loveliness from Vera Wang’s Grosgrain collection…

3 min
call rejected

Knock knock. Who’s there? An unknown caller. An unknown caller, who? An unknown caller who I’ve redirected to my voicemail because this is 2018 and who speaks on the phone these days? Knock knock, again. Who’s there, again? The same caller. The same caller, who? The same caller who just left a voicemail, except now they’re also texting and emailing and sending Facebook messages, just in case I didn’t happen to see they’d tried to call. Oh, I saw their missed call, all right. I saw their text message, and email, and Facebook message, too. My question is: Why stop there? Why not send a carrier pigeon or a dogsled team? If you’re so desperate to reach me, why not walk to my house? This kind of communication spam is next level,…

3 min
up, up and away

I should really hate flying. Heights have always terrified me; I strongly dislike strangers invading my personal space; and enclosed places have never been my thing (a friend once woke up during a camping trip to the sound of me punching the side of my tent, shouting, “LEMME OUT! LEMME OUT!”). But every time I travel, I find myself looking forward to the plane trip as much as the actual holiday. I seem to love most things about jetting around in an airborne metal tube that others hate: the squashed seats (cosy!); the pre-packaged food (tiny cheese and biscuits, yay!); the lengthy wait times (an opportunity to pop on a podcast and engage in some weird public hamstring stretches that nobody will judge me for!). People are prone to earnestly touching travellers’ shoulders…

3 min
don't think dance

There’s no such thing as a bad dance move at a Confidence Man show – only the joyous freedom of throwing shapes whichever way you feel. Against the backdrop of pulsing electronic beats, the indie-disco outfit leads the crowd with their coordinated go-go moves, striking poses last seen at a year 6 dance concert. You wouldn’t know it from his onstage bravado, but frontman Sugar Bones never wanted to dance. “It’s just been thrust on me,” he says looking at Janet Planet, the band’s lead singer and self-confessed “opposite of a shy dancer”. “He definitely practises in his room, though!” she exclaims. “I’d love to be a fly on the wall watching him.” Hailing from Brisbane but now based in Melbourne, the two-year-old quartet enjoys the fun of staying a bit mysterious.…