frankie Magazine July - August 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
feeling part of something is pretty darn lovely.

Something you believe in; something that helps your creativity flow; something that gives you purpose; something that makes you laugh so hard you wee your pants a little bit. With connection comes a heart-tingling sense of belonging in the world, and if you flip through this issue of frankie, you’ll find evidence of that in many forms, from a troupe of unconventional circus performers to a lounge-room exerciser and her online yoga instructor, early punks and hippies, and reindeer herders in Northern Siberia. But here’s the good news: you can also find connection from the comfort of your couch – no acrobatic skills or radical lifestyle changes required. It could be as simple as going beyond small talk with a relative or new acquaintance – over on page 80 you’ll find…

5 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, Emily Naismith, you speak the truth! I used to wonder if I was insane or harbouring a dormant, deep aggression, because if someone so much as crunched a cracker in my vicinity, I wanted to punch them square on the mouth! Turns out misphonia is a thing and I’m not alone. May you find sweet solace in a quality pair of headphones and may you unashamedly wear them in the presence of your friends and family, as the need arises. In solidarity, Casey Dear frankie, The logging of native forests is a hot environmental issue in Victoria at the moment, and I was pleased to find on your website that you’re printed on locally milled PEFC and FSC certified paper from sustainable plantations. Plus, your printer uses vegetable inks…

18 min
frank bits

mcintyre knitwear When it came to putting together the McIntyre winter knitwear collection, founders Ned Scholfield and Raquel Boedo had one big idea in mind: to show off the brand’s family heritage and sheep-farming history. That’s why they turned to Ned’s dad and aunt to model the bold merino woollies – from hot pink cropped sweaters to knitted lounge pants and poppy lime green cardigans. See more at mcintyremerino.com pet names Is your moggie more of a Fancy Boi, Mister Dingus or Turd Muncher? Perhaps McFloufy when it’s generously granting you a tummy scratch and Lil Fucker when it decides to do a whiz on your bed. Olivia Mew of Stay Home Club has the full gamut of kitty nicknames covered in this sweet riso print, which is going for around $23 at…

3 min
shiny, happy people

It’s hard not to wonder about those people who are eternally publicly happy. The ebullient people, the enthusiastic people; the ones who never get hungry or grumpy and never, ever get tired. They pop and fizz; they’re always on; they’re permanently PUMPED. You know the ones. They’re never alone at parties and people sing their praises after bumping into them. “Gosh, ol’ Jimmy boy is nice. Isn’t he the greatest?” People flock to them. They make others feel good about themselves. But not me. They used to make me feel bad because I wasn’t like them. Now, they just make me tired and suspicious. It’s probably schadenfreude, but it’s hard for me not to wonder how many nights these shiny, happy people lay their heads down on pillows soaked with tears.…

3 min
never stop rocking

Tsushimamire is the legendary alt-rock band you’ve probably never heard of. Unless you’re an avid listener of Japanese rock, that is. Not that it matters too much – bandmates Mari Kono, Yayoi Tsushima and Maiko Takagi have been playing together for 21 years so far, and plan on continuing until they’re at least 80 years old, which means there’s plenty of time to get acquainted with their bonkers brand of music. Their commitment to rocking out is probably best summed up by a marathon performance in 2019, where they played 175 songs over 20 consecutive hours – a gruelling way to celebrate their 20th anniversary. “We played every album and had 15-minute breaks in between to change costumes, go to the toilet and get some calories,” says Yayoi, the band’s bassist.…

3 min
a tale of shame and seedlings

Keeping things alive has never been my forte. It’s one of many reasons why becoming a doctor wasn’t an option for me. (See also: doesn’t like blood, doesn’t like other people, not very smart.) I’m not cruel, but I am forgetful. I’ve owned two plants in my lifetime. The first was a cactus I bought from a market at age six. This species has evolved for millions of years to survive even the harshest conditions on Earth – on day two, I dropped it behind a cupboard and it died. The second was a peace lily named Dirk that I bought in my early 20s and had to leave behind when moving interstate. I’d love to believe Dirk is out there somewhere, thriving, but I know even if that were true,…