frankie Magazine January - February 2020

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

2 min
first thought

the great bard once wrote, “The course of true love never did run smooth” – an indisputable fact made only more evident by flipping to our profile on Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships and reading the woeful, uplifting, tender and heart-wrenching stories submitted by the public. But while the museum showcases stories of love gone awry, this is a tale about a romance that never quite came to be. It all began in Amsterdam with a show tune and a chocolate bikkie. A bright-eyed backpacker in my early 20s, I had landed in the Dutch capital just the afternoon before – the first stop on a three-month European adventure. (Yes, I know. A post-study Euro trip – groundbreaking.) The canals! The tulips! The hot chips dolloped with creamy mayonnaise! I was well…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, At 17, I decided to pursue a career in ballet. Over the past year, I’ve stood in classes fumbling, hopping and skipping, trying to look graceful, trying to breathe, and trying to replicate the plié the (experienced) six-year-olds before me were executing. I’ve been a little too goofy, a little uncoordinated, a little too ‘different’. But frankie, you cheered me up in issue 92 with tales of female space wanderers, CD balancers and soft-serve sellers. Thank you for sharing the message that we can all pursue the dreams we want, no matter how unique or challenging they may be. Big love, Laura xx Dear frankie, I’ve been reading you for many years now, but I thought as I moved through my 30s I might become too daggy for you.…

19 min
frank bits

all that remains If you’ve ever wanted to cosplay as a free-spirited but wealthy heir to a snack biscuit fortune on holidays in the South of France, may we direct you towards the spring-summer 2020 collection from Sydney-based label All That Remains? It’s all voluminous sleeves and floaty fabrics spruced up with hand-cut and embroidered lacy bits. How dreamy! Swing by allthatremainslove.com if that sounds up your alley. ice, ice baby Sure, a plastic clamshell pool from the local hardware store does a fine job of holding ice to cool your drinks. But does it look all jaunty and retro, like an old-style beach hut perched beside the sea? Does it come with handy-dandy tongs so you can pinch out ice cubes to pop in your glass? And does it have two sturdy…

3 min
cautionary cuisine

My mum is good at a lot of things, but cooking isn’t one of them. Growing up, a ‘home-cooked meal’ felt more like a trial than a comfort. Not that I ever resented the concoctions that appeared on her table. I knew the unwieldy mixes of meats, vegetables, and a surprising number of grapes offered something more valuable than nutrition or pleasure. They were lessons in how to navigate the world – and an impetus to learn my way around the kitchen by the age of 10. After all, maintaining the status of a terrible cook takes a lot of commitment. A lesser person would listen to feedback and attempt to improve their fare, but not my mum. She approaches food with a mix of apathy and unshakable confidence that flies…

3 min
out of range

If jumping aboard a commercial fishing vessel in freezing Alaskan waters, doing your business in a bucket and sleeping only an hour a day in the pursuit of salmon isn’t punk-rock – well, we don’t know what is. To Ayisha Jaffer, a radio host, seasonal park ranger and the driving force behind the band Skux, punk-rock is about “being loud about what you care about”. Ayisha cares a lot about the natural environment and the human connection with it, which is why she recently wound up on a boat with a zany captain, fishing non-stop for days at a time. Admittedly, she lasted only a month on board, but the gruelling experience taught her a lot about the importance of salmon to the Alaskan economy, and how scientists work to sustain…

2 min
a smash hit

Tell us: how were these images created? I used extremely high-speed photography, dropping the figurines from a height of four metres and letting them smash on the floor of my studio. I controlled the camera with a noise trigger, so effectively, I only had to let them fall in the right position to trip the camera’s shutter release and get the shot. When did you first start playing around with this technique? I first began with simple things like wine bottles and coffee cans. In 2002, I started making photo series using the technique, and they constantly evolved over the years that followed. In 2007, I created the “Flowervases” series, where vases were shot with steel bullets and captured at the moment of their destruction. I use porcelain and ceramics because…