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frankie Magazine March - April 2019

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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once upon a time,

the concept of ‘time out’ sent shivers down our pre-pubescent spines. Sitting quietly in one spot while we ponder all the things we’ve done wrong? No thanks – we’ll make the bed and stop piffing spitballs at our brothers, sorry Mum! But as time marched on and we got the hang of household chores (and saliva-covered missiles somehow lost their charm), we found a new appreciation for a little time out. A moment to take a quick breath and regroup; a break from the never-ending hustle and bustle. No longer a dreaded punishment, we’ve come to realise that time outs are an essential and happy-making part of life. They could be big (a jaunt across the globe to try on a new home); small (burying your nose in a dreamy novel); productive…

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dear frankie

Oh, frankie. The reminiscing! I’m sure as an ’80s toddler I paddled in a blow-up duck ring in the pool photographed by Kate Berry for issue 87’s “OK Motels”. I remember I was petrified of the pool plug! But I must say, the sight of the quintessential breakfast window was the real winner. Before children, my husband and I roadtripped up the Queensland coast, and our only selection criteria for a motel was that it had to have an old-school breakfast window! Thank you for the memories. Sofie xx Dear frankie, I’ve been reading your pages, but have you been reading my mind? I’ve been snipping magazines and creating collages in my friends’ birthday cards for so long, and I was overjoyed to see a section of issue 87 dedicated to…

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the white dress

Who are you and what do you do? I’m a photographer based in Belarus. I mostly work on independent documentary projects and make portraits. The topics I’m particularly interested in are gender, womanhood, physicality and memory. Tell us about this project, White Dress. Marriage is the greatest concern for many women of different ages, social statuses and backgrounds in Belarus. Being married, and having a family and children, are still regarded as important indicators of a woman’s personal success. A popular belief endows the wedding gown with a mystical power to preserve a happy marriage forever – as long as you keep it. When I first created this project, I was reflecting on the theme of women’s memory, thinking about recollections that are purely feminine and can’t appear in a man’s…

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the wisdom of washington

FAKING IT WON’T HELP YOU MAKE IT Something I now know to be true is that you’re much more resonant when you're being authentic and honest. When I was first starting out, I tried really hard to be what I thought I should be; to be the person I thought the world would want. I would have been more powerful and compelling just being the person I am, though. That's when things really connect. People usually like it way more than if you’re trying to be some fancy-pants. CREATIVITY NEVER SLEEPS The strangest place I’ve found inspiration is a Ken Burns documentary about the First World War. A couple of years ago, I went through a really bad patch of insomnia. I used to fall asleep watching those Ken Burns docos…

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dealing with death

We’ve come a long way in breaking down societal taboos, yet for many of us, death remains a difficult subject to broach. In Annie Bolitho’s experience, it’s not that we’re uninterested in talking about death – it’s that we lack the ritual and place to do so. Annie is the facilitator and organiser of the not-for-profit Death Café Melbourne. Four times a year, a dozen strangers gather over tea and cake to speak honestly about their experiences with the five-letter word. Together, they share personal stories, ruminate on philosophical questions, and help each other deal with the practical side of death – things like organising wills and funerals. Above all, Annie sees the get-togethers as a free and open space for discussion. “I try to build relationships between people so they understand…

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taking the plunge

BLOW-UP POOL Thrifty shoppers will know the experience of entering a Kmart for one pair of socks, then leaving with fairy lights, two bean bags and a garden gnome. This particular weekend, I somehow walked out with an inflatable pool. “But it’s on sale!” I screamed internally to my tut-tutting conscience. “And it’s going to be hot on Sunday!” Fuelled by a combination of guilt and excitement, I hurried home to become a summertime goddess and effectively drown that pesky conscience. But here’s the thing about cheap pools: you get what you pay for. And I paid for a dodgy pump. After several hours of inflating, I compromised with a half-puffed pool and a warm drink. Gathering some mates, we optimistically lowered ourselves into cold water and a surprising number of…