frankie Magazine September - October 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
putting together stories for frankie takes us to some pretty wonderful places sometimes.

For this issue, that included the Arcare Aged Care home in Melbourne, where we were lucky enough to sit down and nibble chocolates with eight fairly extraordinary seniors. Between them, they had a tonne of wisdom to share – not to mention walls and walls of heartwarming old snaps – but it was 98-year-old Bill who really struck a chord when he passed us the following poem, typed out and tucked away safely in a plastic pocket: Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu, When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin. When he smiled I realised I’d passed it on to him. I thought about that smile, then I realised its worth. A single smile, just like mine…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, Just like Rowena Grant-Frost, I am not a sporty gal. But these days, I’m a rollerskater. Every Saturday morning, I drive to my local roller rink and take a spin around the hall, avoiding the small children waving their arms around. It can be scary and a little frustrating, but there’s no better feeling than dancing on wheels. And it will be even better when I can give someone a good ol’ shove in roller derby. Harriette Dear frankie, Sam Prendergast describes the Yorkie as “a basic block of chalky chocolate”. Shut yer cakehole, Sam, what a blethering load o’ nonsense. Obviously, it should be consumed in the environment for which it was created. Find a cold, damp location, preferably with a view over hills and dales, and chill…

16 min
frank bits

how romantic Dress Up is their name, and, well, dressing up is their game. More specifically, the Melbourne label – designed by local lady Stephanie Downey – makes tasteful pieces from (mostly) natural fabrics to add a bit of something-something to your wardrobe. The latest collection, Romance, features feminine shapes, dusky shades, silky textures and a dash of denim – pop by dressup.net.au to see more. lesportsac x rifle paper co. We love when two tip-top brands join forces – take this pairing between LeSportsac and Rifle Paper Co., for instance. A light and roomy backpack swathed in a pretty-as floral print, it’s a little bit practical and a little bit fun, which happens to be our favourite combination. See more of the bloom-splashed range at riflepaperco.com winging it Little kids get all the good…

2 min
been there, done that, painted the shirt

Hello! Tell us a little about yourselves, please. Hank Schmidt in der Beek: I’m a Berlin-based artist and singer for the reggae band Das Lunsentrio. Fabian Schubert: I’m also a Berlin-based artist, specialising in photography and motion pictures. Where did the idea for this photo series come from? F: We went on a hike together in 2009 in the Zillertal Alps in Austria. Me with my medium-format camera to take photographs; Hank with some canvas and his easel to make some paintings. H: The idea to paint my shirts instead of the Alps came about in situ. Confronted with the immenseness of the mountains and the littleness of my canvases, I decided to paint what was closest to me, instead of what was far away and giant. Fabian’s camera capturing me…

3 min
connecting the dots

Miranda Tapsell spent a fair whack of time last year figuring out how to make her voice sound exactly like a five-year-old boy’s. “I pictured my little daredevil cousin and how he’d talk, then pitched my voice upwards and put on a bit of a Territorian accent,” she says. The Darwin-born actress is pretty pleased with the result, and not only because she nailed the impression. The new TV series she lent her voice to, called Little J and Big Cuz, marks a big step forward for Australia – it’s the first children’s cartoon to focus on Indigenous Aussies and their culture. “It’s important that non-Indigenous kids turn on the TV and see Indigenous kids growing up like them, having the same experiences,” Miranda says. “And it’s also important for…

3 min
specs appeal

“Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.” I can’t remember when I first heard that phrase, but from the moment I plonked a pair on my face, I knew: glasses weren’t pretty. Sure, they made me look smart, but it was clear from every movie and magazine I encountered that glasses-wearing types were big ol’ nerds, and the only thing standing between a dowdy frump and a super-babe was a set of specs and a ponytail (hello, She’s All That). In short: glasses did not make women desirable. I got my first pair of frames when I was in preschool. They were pink and blue, with a dorky double bridge that made my dad and I total twinsies, and a string looping around my tiny neck. When I started…