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Good Stuff With Frankie Magazine (+ A Frankie Podcast Ep About ME!)

December 7, 2017
good stuff awards by Frankie Magazine

Oh hi! Did you know the Frankie Good Stuff Awards have launched for a second year? It’s true. They have. They’re a great initiative aimed at sniffing out clever creative types, and rewarding them for their work.

I’m lucky enough to be a judge in the awards once again, casting a careful eye over the CRAFT section to choose an overall winner amongst no-doubt amazing entries. (Last year’s CRAFT winner was the jaw-dropping clever clogs genius, Freda Cheung.)

As a brand new part of the Good Stuff Awards, Frankie has recorded a whole bunch of podcasts with the hardworking creative types who are judging their gongs. I am one of those types and you can listen to my episode below (or here).

I was actually very VERY extremely nervous about doing this podcast, as I had been hiding under a rock a bit – withdrawing from doing MOST people-facing things – due to trying to recover from a very busted-up and broken heart, but Frankie’s Dep Ed, writer Mia Timpano, trotted into my house and made me feel comfy from the get-go.

I was worried that people would be able to see my deep dark soul bits if they heard me speaking in the midst of everything that was happening around me, but then I realised that this could be a little bubble of good stuff (!) in the midst of my tricky life and now I am SO GLAD I was asked to do it!

I am not the only judge, of course. Nu-uh.

There are others including the blinking beautiful artist Beci Orpin, the brilliant writer Benjamin Law, the all-seeing movie/pop culture gent Mark Fennell, fashion-freaking-superstar Jenny Kee, and the effervescent and knowledgeable Myf Warhurst (who was also my former Gertrude St studio buddy – along with Victoria Mason – back-in-the-day and has just been announced as the new lunchtime presenter on ABC Radio GO MYFFFFF!)

Oh, and there are many more wonderful judges too. Check ’em out here.

If you are a creative type – or know someone deserving – get your good self/their good self together and enter these awards. There are rad perks and excellent profile-raising-recognition-getting opportunities to be had.

And don’t forget to listen to the podcast because even my skeptical kid said ‘Mum! This is really good! Really, really good!’ when he heard bits of it.

Thanks Frankie!

x Pip


  • Reply Renee December 18, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    Loved this! I was a bit stressed after a day at work in…you guessed it…the public service and by the last ten minutes I was lying on the floor, feet up on a chair, giggling away with my two dogs curled either side of me hoping for belly rubs. Loved your response to people’s “d*ckheadedness” and the origins of your passion for craft, your mentors, the people who’ve inspired you. I have let my crafting go when times get tough, but now I realise that’s the last thing I should be turning away from because it’s exactly what my soul needs, to make something beautiful and filled with love. Thank you Pip!

  • Reply Isabel December 12, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Hey Pip,
    I agree with your son – it is really really good. Very honest. Don’t worry about baring the dark bits of your soul. That’s where the best stuff usually lies 🙂 I think every person who forges their own way in the world, away from the 9-5 regular car stable salary safety path, inspires countless others to do the same. You are certainly one such influence in my life. Was very interested to hear how Dur-e-Dara and her partner inspired you to live a different kind of life, and also loved what you said about how worthwhile things are not always fun at first! We are far too impatient these days. It’s so worth persisting with something if it’s what you want to become good at, even if it takes years and years. Also, I wholeheartedly agree with the underratedness of resting on your laurels. Why are we always in such a hurry to move towards the future, to improve improve improve? I’m all for honing skills and the like, but do think our obsession with self-improvement and filling every nook of available time with ‘productive’ activities is kinda unhealthy. Much better to rest on your laurels for a while and eat some jam cake and accept yourself for where you’re at, warts n all. Love to you Pip. Keep doing what you’re doing. Maybe it isn’t making you a lot of money but it’s connecting with people and it’s most definitely a hugely worthwhile contribution to the world xxx Isabel

  • Reply Noelia December 7, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Ohh great!!! Why am i in the other side of the world? Buuu

  • Reply Kate December 7, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Just listened to you on my drive to yoga.
    It’s a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me to get back to my crafting which has lapsed lately. And thank goodness for someone else who makes blankets, we have so many blankets. It’s time for me to get courageous and start gifting my blankets, because if I do that then I have justification to make more blankets.
    Cheers kate

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