frankie Magazine May - June 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

busting a move. cutting a rug. tripping the light fantastic. shaking your tail feather. Whichever words you choose to describe the process of flitting about to music, there’s no denying the therapeutic effects of a good ol’ boogie. Don’t believe us? Let the boffins prove our point: you can read all about the science of dancing over on page 40. There, you’ll discover why we dig synchronised movements, how a jig can improve your memory and smarts, and the best moves to attract a mate. (Hint: pay attention to your right knee.) But there’s another important benefit of kicking up your heels, and that’s the effect it can have on your mood. In stressy times, science tells us it pays to dance it out. Bop around your house, get down in the dark,…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, Thank you. From farm life and my days at boarding school to my gap year, tertiary studies, and now my dream job as an art teacher, you’ve always been by my side. With each issue I find advice, a writers’ piece that’ll cheer me up, and overall inspiration from your beautiful art. You teach people to celebrate themselves. As a girl who has never quite fit in, I finally feel understood. And Eleanor Robertson, I am also team ‘no talking on the phone’ – it freaks me out! Much love, Sophie Dear frankie, I’ve been getting an issue every month unintentionally, because I tell myself I’ll only get it if there are a few things that really interest me. Flash forward to over a year later, and I haven’t…

20 min
frank bits

verner x lisa waup Oh, Verner, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow our minds, oh Verner! We’re shaking our pom poms and high-kicking around the place, all because of these spiffy duds from Melbourne fashion brand Verner. Part of their second collaboration with Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup, they look at uniforms and the concept of personal identity – if you like what you see, we recommend you scoot on over to verner.co, stat. old-time tech Inspired by the clunky, boxy technology of the ’80s, Wyatt Little’s ceramic planters come in all sorts of shapes – including ‘large computer’ and ‘brick phone’ – and remind us of the times when the wailing sound of a modem connecting to the internet would alert our parents that we weren’t in…

3 min
a married couple

Hello! Tell us a bit about yourselves, please. Denelle Ellis: I studied fine art photography in Ontario, Canada, then moved to London to continue my thesis work on selfies. Three years later, I moved to the East End and met Tom on the train home from work one night. We hit it off instantly and realised we had a lot of the same goals (Tom is also a trained photographer). We got married after six months and converted our warehouse into Peanut Factory Studio – a daylight photographic studio. What is amarriedcouple all about? Tom Ellis: amarriedcouple is our response to the pressures and tropes we were subjected to after getting married. Denelle has endometriosis, and being diagnosed and receiving treatment was a difficult chapter in our relationship. She had her…

3 min
sound and fury

What do you feel when someone hoes into an apple while standing next to you? What about when they crush ice-blocks between their molars? Or demolish a whole raw carrot within a few mouthfuls? If the answer is PURE, UNADULTERATED, BURNING RAGE, I completely understand. How dare they have the audacity to eat near you! I get irrationally angry when someone chews loudly in my general vicinity. My fight-or-flight response is triggered and every millilitre of blood in my body rushes to my ears so the crunching is all I can focus on. Everything else drops away. Munch. Crunch. Pause. Crunch. Swallow. I first became aware of this as a teen, when my dad would sit at the table opposite me eating muesli. Every clink of his spoon against the bowl and…

3 min
designing for change

There’s something unsettling about leaving a music festival and gazing across the graveyard of discarded and half-broken tents that the party has left in its wake. It’s not just an aesthetic concern, either: abandoned tents are a persistent issue for music festivals. According to Green Music Australia, a not-for-profit dedicated to sustainability in the music industry, 20 per cent of the almost one million people who attended a multi-day camping festival in 2017 admitted to leaving their tent behind when they left. To put it another way, that means more than 100,000 synthetic tents are being sent to landfill every year, emitting potent greenhouse gases as they struggle to break down. For Melbourne-based textile designer Rachel Kelly, this surge of tent trash felt personal. “I'd been going to these music festivals…