#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 06 - the silent bob of frilly speaks

You'll rarely hear from me. I'm the tech destroyer whose typos and long sentances require Adrienne's eye to curb.  

However, unless I take control occassionally then you will be inundated with doggy fun; like this snap of Adrienne getting her seaside fix with Louis. This sea living yearning of Adrienne's, and the loss of my much loved arcade at Newquay in Wales, has seen us develop some new designs that we'll be bringing out soon. 

What do you love about seaside holidays? Let us know and it might make its way in there too!

Adrienne at Hoylake beach with Louis

Adrienne at Hoylake beach with Louis

Besides the seaside, this week has been full of creative inspiration so I thought I'd give you a quick run down.

Luke Chueh x Clutter Kickstarter

This week has seen my oldest BFF head back home to New York but Miranda's company, Clutter Magazine, just launched a killer designer toy kickstarter with artist Luke Chueh. I had the chance to check out the prototypes back in October at New York Comic Con and they are perfectly sized to induce Hamlet quotes as you hold them aloft.  Seeing this project get successfully funded in 14 hours pushes us to continue to make and create.

  Luke Chueh's 'Dissected' Designer Toy

 Luke Chueh's 'Dissected' Designer Toy

Over The Garden Wall

It's important to continue watching cartoons and reading comics well into adulthood. Whilst I'm normally a Teen Titans, Rebels and TMNT girl, this new show on Cartoon Network is endearing, dark and oh so shiny. The older brother, Wirt (pointy red hat), is voiced by Elijah Wood. The narrative of two brothers on a creepy, perilous journey to find their way home has a surreal note. With a nostalgic, classic, Americana cinema edge to a Japanaese Amigurmi aesthtic it is deeply beguiling. You'll still be able to catch up if you check it out now.

  Wirt, Greg and Frog (aka Kitty and Wirt, name TBC) - Over the Garden Wall

 Wirt, Greg and Frog (aka Kitty and Wirt, name TBC) - Over the Garden Wall

Flame Off 2015

As I've yet to get the chance to read this weeks comics, the last inspiring highlight was Flame Off! 

Purple and grey Effetre glass rods

Purple and grey Effetre glass rods

The name alone makes me want to strike a waving hand, dance move. Adrienne has had a days lampworking tuition with Tuffnell Glass before, which sparked us buying a kiln and torch. Today was my chance to melt glass, spark an interest and ensure Adrienne had enough faith, that I wouldnt burn our office down when I attempt it. 

Having made a few beads today, I am all systems go for honing the skills so that we can realise some of our mixed media jewellery designs. Just gotta get set up and practicing! If you're scared by the thought of a hot torch and glass melting, then the pretty glass en masse should seduce you to take up a new craft.

If you're a lampworker or have had a go then we'd love to see what you've made. Please share your creations!

Mustards and Orange Effetre glass rods

Mustards and Orange Effetre glass rods

Other News

Our secret project is a go! But shhhhh, its still a secret for now so you'll have to keep checking up on us or subscribe to our newsletter so that you don't miss  out on the news. 

We were also lucky to be picked for the Blog and Buy Sale 'Spring Wish List'. There are so many great makers and designers that we'll be sharing our favourites in its own post. If you ever feel pressured to trawl the internet for a great gift then start there first for a curated list of top picks to help you on your way.

Finally

We've recieved many shiny magazines in the post this week ready for our #magazinemonday blog review; so check back in with us on Monday to see what we've been reading!