#magazinemonday 02 - Frankie - the one off lovely big issue

We love the Frankie blog, and sadly our wishlist keeps growing because of it. For this reason we went big and bought the bumper Frankie issue - and boy is it worth it!

 

Frankie  lovely big bumper issue - The awesome extras totally had us sold.

Frankie lovely big bumper issue - The awesome extras totally had us sold.

Frankie describe themselves as:

... a national bi-monthly based in Australia, aimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are. We cover design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, interiors and real-life stories – we aim to surprise and delight readers with every turn of our beautifully matte pages, and have a good old laugh while doing so.
— http://www.frankie.com.au/about-us

With postage costs we can't honestly remember how much it worked out to get it here from Australia, but as it's only a few dollars more than a regular issue it seemed a good place to start if you are thinking of subscribing. (Which we now are!)

Just as with Caboodle there are lots of lovely illustrations, and the awesome extras really are awesome - from postcards, to a poster you'd want to frame, to a pretty yet practical wall planner.

Poster sneak peek

Poster sneak peek

Each artist and illustrator is showcased with a nice profile for you to find out more about your favourites. Winner!

So what were our favourite things in this issue?

Well we both loved the level of shiny showcasing of independent designers, a few we knew but many we didn't. Kirsty has always loved the ceramic work of Barruntando, and so to see this alongside Surya Sajnani's stacking cup and bowl (reminding Kirsty of Fred the flour guy and Mr Benn) totally had her sold. 

... and that pillow is to die for too

... and that pillow is to die for too

Kirsty's favourite article was on the Future Library. Learning about Katie Paterson's project has broken her book block and now she's back into reading a book a week, but the thought of all these amazing manuscripts for the eyes of a future generation only, is both magical and frustrating.

Future libraries growing

Future libraries growing

Kirsty's last pick (although she's had a lot of picks!) are the quotes. Everyone spoke to her! Go buy it and you can read them all too - and see the beautiful illustrations that match. 

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek

Adrienne loved EVERYTHING about this magazine - on a basic design level, the typography, illustrations and colour palette throughout are delicious. The articles are often just one page long which means 1) loads of varied content and 2) it's a great magazine to dip in and out of (handy if your concentration span isn't at its best!) 

NSFW! Probably! 

NSFW! Probably! 

She loved how the articles varied so much - her favourites covering (NSFW!) swearing as an environmental campaign strategy (Morrish & Shields are definitely no 'Earth mother' cliches!); and writer Caro Cooper exploring the topic of friends - more poignantly the struggle to create new friendship groups post-uni.

 

 

 

Martincic's suits

Martincic's suits

  

No bland makeup tutorials, few adverts (and interesting ones, not pages and pages of unattainable couture!) alongside articles on art, such as the translucent delicate bathing suits made by Kristen Martincic - all of these things in one beautiful paper edition makes Adrienne very happy indeed!

 

Are there any magazines you love and think are a hidden gem you wish more people knew about? Let us know! 

#nofrillsfriday 05 - short and sweet

This week has been a bit of a short and odd one.  Kirsty hasn't been in Wednesday - Friday as she's been catching up with old friends (as mentioned last week) who are only in town until Monday.  The beginning of the week we were a hive of activity and productivity - but working on a SECRET PROJECT that we still can't quite reveal just yet!  We'll be photographing things like crazy as soon as we can though!  It DOES mean that this week is image-light, alas.  So here's Louis in a sailor outfit that he looks very unsure of.. (how very Jean Paul Gaultier?)

As solo team Frilly, I've been pootling along through emails and admin stuff - getting in new thicknesses of wood to test out some new design ideas we've had which will be exciting albeit tricky to figure out. (My brain is great at visualising things, but not so great at precision.  I prefer to do things by eye and find it normally works out (due to my 'super-vision'* - thanks eye doctors!) however our latest ideas will require a fine degree of precision.  May need to bust out a ruler and EVERYTHING!

We've also decided to finally start investing in some magazine subscriptions - partly because we buy them regularly, and partly because we plan on doing little magazine reviews on Mondays.  Obvious magazine choices include 'Making' and 'Mollie Makes'.. but we also want to include independent magazines and small print runs - so next week we'll be covering this little beauty which arrived yesterday! (SPOILER ALERT: it's like someone designed a magazine just for us!)

Today my friend Tim came to visit, which was good for two reasons: 1) we got to chat at length about a project We are Frilly are working on involving gaming and archives, and 2) I got to help Tim do his first ever laser cutting.  Whilst I still take childlike glee in the way Bertha works, nothing quite compares to the first thing you cut out - watching the teeny tiny red dot and beam magically zap away material leaving your work behind.  It was especially intriguing as Tim had designed his pieces in LibreCAD which is a program I've never used - we do our work almost entirely in Illustrator and Inkscape.  It took a bit of tweaking, but we managed to do a ninja star-esque model tool, a cube and a mini structure that resembled a boat.  

In other news, Frilly Photographer Extraordinaire Lee Allen was excited to be featured on Rock n Roll Bride this week - a very crazy wedding at Aynhoe Park, involving a LOT of taxidermy, dwarves and circus strong men.  

Lastly: weather has been hit and miss, but when it's been a hit it's been GREAT! Days like this one make me feel very glad we have our studio, and now I'm just eager to get out into the garden area and get it tidied up - and hopefully even install a bat box!