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frankie Magazine May/June 2018

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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6 Issues


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if we know one thing for sure, it’s this: there’s a little creativity inside all of us.

Sometimes it sits out in the open – as with artists and crafters and do-it-yourself types – and sometimes it’s hidden a little deeper: a poem jotted down while on hold to the bank; a ditty hummed as you scrub the shower; or a colourful shirt worn while crunching numbers. In this issue you’ll meet the winners of the 2018 frankie Good Stuff awards – a batch of creatively inclined and clever folks who wowed us (and our equally clever judges) with their exciting ideas. There’s an illustrator inspired by Expo ’88; a textile designer who digs bold prints; a bench-making uni student; and a trio of ladies teaching girls to rock. You’ll also find a musical mental health advocate; a cancer-fighting scarf designer; a photographer moved by aliens and gardening…

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dear frankie

LETTERS@FRANKIE.COM.AU Dear frankie, Sophie Kalagas's interviews for “The Educators” made my little teacher-in-training heart sing. I've wanted to teach for as long as I can remember, but have often worried I may not be taken seriously with my tattoos and coloured hair. Brooke Summers eased my concern by showing me you can be a bad-arse tattooed female while being a respected professional in the often-PC world of teaching. Thanks for boosting my confidence. Love, Jess x Dear frankie, Holy wow, did “Right of Refusal” hit me right in the feels. I related to this article so much that I’m motivated to do something about my inability to say no to people. Thank you for somehow knowing exactly what I need to hear issue after issue – it’s like you’re my personal self-help…

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frank bits

kowtow activewear Swanning about in activewear gets a bad rap sometimes, but we wouldn’t blame you for flaunting your workout gear if it looked as gosh-darn spiffy as this. Made from a breathable cotton-jersey knit mix, the crop top and leggings come from Kiwi label Kowtow, and could be yours for $39 and $89 respectively. au.kowtowclothing.com tantri mustika ceramics Melbourne-based Tantri Mustika is inspired by terrazzo flooring and crafting affordable sculptures that give us a little taste of the Italian style. So far, her ceramic collection includes vases, plates, keyrings and jugs, all of which can be found at tantrimustikaceramics.com. We also have two vases (worth $50 each) to give away – pop by frankie.com.au/win to enter the draw. can i borrow a feeling? For the times when you know you want to say something,…

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the real deal

She’s one of the most famous bass players in the world, but she’d rather have a guitar in front of her. She’s carried two iconic indie bands – The Breeders and the Pixies – and even her lesser-known stuff has influenced generations of musos. She’s done it all with a toothy smile on her face and a restless capacity to create; to do good work; to find the place where rock ‘n’ roll turns hard truth into a beat you can dance to. But back in the ’90s, in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio, nobody wanted to play with Kim Deal – or at least, nobody with a dick in their pants. The message she received from guys in the local music scene was simple: “No bleeders.” “The weird thing is,…

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no news is good news

I was talking to a fellow music radio broadcaster the other day. She said she’d been planning to do an all-African show, but had to reconsider because of “the whole Sudanese gangs thing”. “What’s the Sudanese gangs thing?” I asked. Upon uttering my words, I realised it was clearly a big deal (‘gangs’ generally are), so rushed to explain, “I don’t watch the news.” This was an understatement. In fact, I avoid the news for months at a time. It’s easy when you don’t watch TV or install social media apps. I find out about ‘the news’ in conversations like this, where the other person is forced to explain the situation to me. From what I gathered, the “Sudanese gangs thing” involved some kids – who happened to be Sudanese –…

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at the bit

My mum says I took her teeth and she wants them back. Preferably the teeth she had before breastfeeding me drained her of calcium. I argue that I never asked to be breastfed, but Mum swears my only word during those years was ‘booby’. Admittedly, I do like boobs. But since hitting my 30s, I, a child-free woman, have started experiencing the same dental issues that plagued my mother. It’s a Pyrrhic victory. I can now tell Mum I officially owe her nothing – how’s that for gratitude – but I also have to deal with what turned out to be genetic dental weaknesses. All the money my parents spent on my orthodontic work has been lost through time, chronic grinding and my teeth’s desire to be true to themselves. Go…