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frankie Magazine

Issue 102 - Jul/Aug 2021

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

in this issue

2 min
blanket fever

I collect everyday items made in Australia in the early- to mid-20th century. Things I find appealing in some kind of (often inexplicable) way, like Persinware scales, Bakelite ammeters, spectacles, canteens and camera bags that have lost their cameras. Everything has to be handsome, practical and have a place! My biggest collection, though, features 100-per-cent-wool blankets manufactured in Australia between the 1920s and the end of the 1960s. I’ve been accumulating them for just over a decade – more than 500 have passed through my hands, but the current collection sits at around 150. Australia had hundreds of wool mills last century, across every state. The Waverley Mills in Tasmania are still going, Onkaparinga in South Australia is now a museum, and Godfrey Hirst in Victoria just makes carpets these days.…

5 min
on the job

As an embryologist, my job is essentially to take care of embryos – the earliest stage of human development. We form embryos by collecting eggs and sperm, putting them together, growing them and transferring them, and there’s also gamete preservation (‘gamete’ is another name for our reproductive cells), because some people come through to freeze their eggs. We facilitate that, and we also do semen analysis. I’m involved in every step of the IVF process: collecting eggs, washing up the sperm, moving them, grading them, transferring them, injecting them, taking cells out – you name it, I’ll do it. There’s no exact pathway towards this job. I fell into it, really. Originally, I was in scientific research – the problem in Australia is that you have to constantly fight for research…

5 min
mmm, delicious idioms

SPILL THE BEANS In Ancient Greece, citizens would elect council members by placing white and black beans in special clay jars. A white bean meant ‘yes’ and a black bean meant ‘no’ (a baked bean was probably a donkey vote). The thing is, voting was meant to be anonymous. Nobody knew the colour of your bean. Unless the jar Clumsycles was holding sort of… slipped and cracked open, and the beans were spilled all over the floor, and they had to start the whole damn thing again. This is possibly where the idiom ‘spill the beans’ comes from, i.e. giving away a secret to someone who’s not supposed to know the secret. But some etymologists have pointed out that people didn’t start saying ‘spill the beans’ until the early 20th…

5 min
big hair, don’t care

If every shampoo commercial is to be trusted, frizz is the single greatest enemy of good hair. When Ella Benore Rowe worked in salons, the message was the same. “The attitude towards curly, thick and coarser hair was, ‘It’s too boofy! It’s too frizzy! Cut the weight out of it!’” she says. “There was a de-frizz message everywhere you turned.” As the proud child of an Anglo-Australian dad and Papua New Guinean mum, Ella’s tresses are a mixture of both her parents’ locks: she has two or three different curl patterns, both wavy and straight sections and – you guessed it – a fair bit of frizz. For a long time, Ella has railed against the notion that her natural hair is unattractive. She grew up in an affirming home environment…

3 min
people are strange

What kind of art do you make? Most of my works are oil paintings, sculptures and art installations. I’m also part of a textile art duo with my wife Flávia Itiberê. I think it's contemporary art with a retro-pop-op-psychedelic-surreal twist. How did you get started in the art-making business? I have always drawn since I was a kid. As a teenager, I created comics and illustrations for several zines and magazines in Brazil. I studied fine arts at university, but my degree was in advertising. I worked for 10 years in the advertising and graphic design industries before finally being able to work full-time as an artist. Can you talk us through your creative process? I think my process has two very different stages. First, the ideas come. They come fast, feeling…

3 min
a very handy woman

There’s power in self-reliance. I remember when I learnt how to rewire the clapped-out fuses in the geriatric fuse box of my uni sharehouse. It made me feel so grown-up. Forget cooking or learning to pay bills on time; it was that minor repair that made me feel like I’d flown the nest. I’ve always had a Leatherman (a multi-tool, for those not au fait with such things), but that was my limit: I could construct IKEA furniture, tighten a screw, change a fuse and clip my nails. I always thought that one day I would work at Bunnings. I loved the large trolleys, the smell of wood shavings and the staff uniform – mostly the tool belt. My Bunnings dream career never materialised, but a while back, I did get…