frankie Magazine March - April 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

1 min
first thought

as we’ve been putting this issue together, a large chunk of our country has been on fire. Perhaps it still is, right now as you read this. In the face of such catastrophe, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with fear, rage, despair, sadness – a sense that there’s little we can do to make things right. The bushfires are unprecedented and point to a planet in crisis. It’s bloody scary. There’s no two ways about it. But amid those emotions, we ask you not to lose hope, lovely readers. There are ways for us to get through this horrible mess, starting with kindness, for yourself and others. Acknowledging that it’s OK to feel shit about a distressing situation – you’re only human, after all – but also allowing yourself regular smile-inducing breaks…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, I’m currently preparing for a big life change, moving from Tassie to the NT. I’ve been a little overwhelmed and struggled to know how to fit everything in before I go. This morning, while rushing around, I spotted the latest frankie for sale, and sat down with a copy and cup of tea. Thank you for giving me a reason to smile and breathe a little slower and deeper. As my lovely print by Demii Whiffin says: it will be OK. Frances xx Dear frankie, Spending my final four months of high school in hospital and my bedroom was not part of my great 2019 plan. Your latest issues were sent to me by my lovely aunt, and you transported me from gloom to colour and creativity, even on…

19 min
frank bits

nancybird Let us all raise a juicy, lamb-stuffed shawarma and a refreshing mint lemonade to Nancybird’s spring/summer 2020 collection, inspired by the richness of Melbourne’s multicultural communities, and the fertile kitchen gardens, well-kept yards and abundant spirit within them. Its pops of warm colour and boxy shapes have us itching to prune the rose bushes and set up a backyard spit. nancybird.com sock it to me Socks! We just can’t get enough! Roll them over our toes and keep our tootsies nice and snug! Slather them in eye-catching prints so we can show the world we’re a bunch of fun! Yeah, socks! Should you feel the same level of unbridled excitement when it comes to vibrant foot-covers, have a looksee at these ace ones from Taiwanese brand Yu Square – they’re around $15…

3 min
beyond the veil

Tell us about your series, Enshroud. Enshroud is an ongoing digital collage series I began in 2018 that emphasises pattern, form and colour to represent the veil as worn in Lagos, Nigeria. The series doesn’t take a stance for or against veiling, but instead supports both a woman’s right to choose, and her religious expression. What’s your personal connection to this topic? I’ve lived in Lagos for nearly nine years. I was inspired to create the project following my daily encounters with Muslim women on the city streets – they presented a different perspective than I’d previously considered. I’m also generally interested in style and its contributions to culture and identity. What kind of presence does the hijab have in Lagos? Nearly half of Lagosians and Nigerians are Muslim, so there’s a…

3 min
going viral

A sobering thought, care of some insomnia-induced googling: I will most likely be dead by the year 2059. If this is true – and the Australian Bureau of Statistics assures me it is – I have just four decades left to leave a mark on this planet. I don’t like my chances of leaving a big one; I’m prolifically lazy and there is a lot of Instagram to scroll through. But even if I somehow manage to turn my life around and become a wildly successful writer (or hell, a moderately successful anything), I already know how the first line of my obituary will read: Chris Harrigan, who once went viral for a tweet about seagulls, has passed away. I know this because I’ve done the maths. In Australia, a ‘bestselling’ book might…

3 min
let’s talk about sex

Let’s talk about sex, baby. That’s what South Australians Dominic Guerrera and Sasha Smith do every time they get together and record an episode of The ASH Podcast (which stands for ‘Aboriginal sexual health’). The show started off as a solo project for Dominic – a Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Italian man – but quickly evolved into something bigger. “I’d worked at a South Australian family planning clinic for six years, which was predominantly a sexual health service for white women,” he explains. “They really struggled to find space for Aboriginal voices, so I wanted to create something that was made by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.” His chosen platform was a podcast. “I started doing interviews with people, but I wasn’t really happy with it,” he says. “I felt the show…