frankie Magazine November - December 2017

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
our lives are full of milestones, big and small.

The first time you go on holidays with your family and nobody throws a massive tear-filled wobbly (page 84); the moment you realise you dig someone enough to start a band with them, even though they live across the country (page 98); the day you win a prize for making a baby cry the quickest (page 128); the light bulb moment when you invent the teabag, all because someone else was a bit thick (page 28). This here issue is a bit of a milestone for us – we’ve made it to a whopping 80 issues! There have been late nights, teary eyes (from laughter, of course), pen-covered hands and copious amounts of coffee downed, and we’re proud as punch to become the magazine equivalent of an octogenarian. Here’s to 80…

3 min
dear frankie

Yes, frankie! Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful and inspiring story of Emily Somers and Bravery Co. As someone who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma last year at the ripe old age of 26, I found myself going through the same battles Emily describes. We tend to see cancer as an older person’s disease, and when a young person experiences it, people freak out. No one knows how to react, and that’s reflected in the Curly Sue wig choices I was constantly exposed to. Thank you for helping people realise it's OK to talk about cancer openly, and that there’s not only support, but also a voice for younger people going through this illness. Georgia xoxo My beloved frankie, I must admit, we’ve had a bit of a rough…

17 min
frank bits

kuwaii Please excuse us while we mime several high fives in the direction of the Kuwaii team, whose SS17/18 collection, The Garden, is out right about now. Just quietly, it’s a bit of a doozy, with long lines and floaty fabrics inspired by ancient Roman frescoes, and earthy tones that transport us to ye olde Italy on a steamy summer’s night. It’s all quite lovely, really – and you can peruse the whole thing over at kuwaii.com.au should you wish to. fromage à trois Word has it Bono once booked his beloved hat its very own seat on a plane. We can’t afford to do that for the thing we cherish most in this world – cheese – but we can transport it in style via this enamel dome from Schoolhouse Electric &…

3 min
blinded by choices

I couldn’t decide where to start this story, which is no great surprise because I can rarely decide on anything. When faced with a decision – any decision – I leap into research mode, because too much research is never enough. This generally leaves me paralysed by the bounty of options, confused by all the data, and disappointed that even a simple decision – like, what to eat for dinner – has me writing up lists of pros and cons. I often wish for a time when the choices were gruel or death. That’s an easy one. Now we’re in the age of endless alternatives; endless freedoms that in turn shackle and bind us, resulting in option paralysis. Peak decision anxiety comes when it’s time to eat out. I love food.…

3 min
yurt so good

To successfully build a backyard yurt, you will need: one 650-kilo crate of flat-packed materials imported from America; one obliging landlord; six strong friends who enjoy following excruciatingly detailed instruction manuals; and approximately seven hours. A yurt, by the way, is a huge circular tent traditionally used by nomads in places like Mongolia – and, more recently, at least one artist in Australia. “It’s like a spacecraft in our backyard,” says Singapore-born illustrator Dawn Tan, who built a giant yurt out the back of her Melbourne rental in April. Dawn’s husband Darren Lee initially came up with the idea, after realising Dawn was eyeing off their living room as a possible spot to claim as her studio. “He randomly suggested a teepee or a yurt and I thought he was joking,”…

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where did that thingy come from?

TEABAG It was a simple misunderstanding that led to the teabag you may well be dunking in a cuppa right now. In 1908, Thomas Sullivan, a New York tea merchant, began sending samples to his customers in small silky sacks. Rather than emptying out the leaves, some assumed the pouches were intended for easy steeping – an alternative to the metal infusers that were already in use – and whacked the whole thing into a pot. When feedback that the silk was too fine to let water in reached Thomas, a light bulb went off in his business-savvy mind. He designed purpose-made teabags with a looser, more brew-friendly gauze, complete with a handy string that hung over the brim of the cup. T-SHIRT A century ago, wearing a t-shirt in public…