frankie Magazine September - October 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
it doesn’t always take a lot to fill us with delight.

Over the past few days, we’ve done a series of internal happy dances (that occasionally burst forth to the outside, as well) for reasons including, but not limited to: finding money in bags we haven’t used for yonks; peeling boiled eggs perfectly, with no white attached; the feeling of a warm shower after getting grubby in the garden; and stopping the microwave countdown RIGHT before it gets the chance to beep. In this issue, we asked some frankie friends for the places they find their own unexpected joy. The answers were varied, but had us nodding along in agreement – so, we decided to share some sneaky happiness bombs from the frankie team, too. SOPHIE: That moment when a puzzle piece slides perfectly into place. EMMA: When I look at the clock and…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, Issue 96 was very welcome during a chilly Melbourne winter. The article “It All Comes Out in the Wash” was wonderful. Photographer Jimmi Ho’s ability to capture laundry day in Hong Kong took me on a journey to warmer, far-reaching places. The colourful clothes draped across urban landscapes made me smile, as did the concept of viewing laundry as art. Reading frankie with a hot cup of coffee by my side equals bliss. Love, Steph Dear frankie, I first discovered your magazine in a Japanese bookstore in New York City. I was going through a tough time and it became a ritual to stop by after therapy and browse through beautiful pages. Now I’m moving cross-country for a job, and although it’s nerve-wracking, I know I can find another…

19 min
frank bits

lois hazel x lee-anne williams When local fashion lady Lois McGruer-Fraser met Bunuba and Wankatjunka artist Lee-Anne Williams a few years back, they realised they had a bunch in common, including a love for striking patterns and this great brown land. So they teamed up to create a collection for Lois’s label Lois Hazel, featuring a print by Lee-Anne, inspired by dry river beds, “like cracks in the mud after a big flood from my country”. To see more of the AW20 range, visit loishazel.com a frondly pin On the whole, the monstera deliciosa – or ‘swiss cheese plant’ – is fond of warm, humid environments where it can climb trees and look lovely in peace. No need to pump the heating for this mass of glossy fronds, though – it’s made of…

3 min
so trashy so good

Do you recall that passage in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov where Alyosha listens as Ivan recites the poem about the meeting between Jesus and a leader of the Spanish Inquisition? No? Neither do I. But we should, right? We should remember and have read all the classics, just as we should have watched all five hours of Das Boot and know the oeuvres of Frank Capra, Orson Welles and Fritz Lang. We should know how to drop random Latin phrases into witty asides; we should always be bettering ourselves, weighed down by the heft of unread books. We should spend our lives pursuing a better, more educated self. Yeah, nah. One thing I have watched – studied, even – is my own cultural devolution. (Fun fact: the band name Devo is…

4 min
first times, last times

First time you picked up a guitar? When I was seven years old. It was a gift from a family friend. I wasn’t interested in it at the time, though, because I thought guitars were only for boys. I started playing keyboard instead, because I’d seen women playing piano. Years went by, and my curiosity for music naturally developed. At 18, I finally saw other women playing guitar, and I was immediately inspired. It was two girls I was in a band with, and they could both play incredibly well, were beautiful and could sing incredibly, and I was like, “What am I doing? I’m wasting my time not learning guitar!” Now my favourite guitarist is Emily Remler. Everyone needs to know her. Last time you felt connected to a place…

2 min
full of hot air

Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Masayoshi Matsumoto and I’m a balloon artist from Japan. As an artist, I’m known by the name ‘Isopresso’. I chose this as it refers to polyisoprene – the main chemical component of balloons. How did you wind up working with balloons? My journey in balloon art started 12 years ago when I was part of a juggling club. At the same time, I trained as an engineer, and I completed my master’s in 2014. Since then, I’ve devoted myself to my passion for balloon art and animals, and am now a balloon artist full-time. What drew you to balloons as an artistic medium? I’m attracted to the texture and soft presence of balloons. I also like how they deflate and droop quickly –…