“Frock Paper Scissors is more than just a fashion magazine. Produced and curated by students, Frock gives young minds the opportunity to showcase their work and delve into unexplored territory, separating Frock from other magazines on the market.” We caught up with the creative bunch behind this years fresh pages and were really inspired by their commitment and vigour.
So, what is Frock Paper Scissors and how did it come into being? FROCK was first published in 2006 and has since been an annual publication fully coordinated by students of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Industries students that come from a variety of different backgrounds including fashion, journalism, design and IT. Each year, a fresh team of students takes on the challenge of producing FROCK in the hope of showcasing the best of Brisbane fashion, art and culture. In 2018, FROCK enters its thirteenth year and offers a unique insight into Brisbane’s thriving cultural environment through the eyes of some of the city’s most creative young minds.
What kinds of ideas and things is the team working on at the moment? Production of content for FROCK is in full swing at the moment and we are so excited to see so many great ideas come to fruition. Our photoshoots are all taking place over the coming weeks and are currently being workshopped, planned and prepped by our amazing cohort of budding photographers, stylists, designers and fashion editors. With this issue, our cohort hopes to reflect this year’s theme of ‘workers’ by highlighting the incredibly hardworking and talented yet often unnoticed creative working youth of Brisbane. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media to see exclusive behind the scenes and sneak peeks of these upcoming projects!
Please tell us more! The theme for this year’s issue of FROCK is ‘workers’. Many of our content producers are exploring personal profiles of young working creatives in Brisbane, the flourishing creative economy of Brisbane and also the challenges and struggles that face emerging practitioners in the creative industries. We look forward to publishing a fantastic range of photoshoots, illustrations, feature articles and digital media that reflect these themes and showcase the incredible talent of QUT students.
Are there any projects that the team is especially proud of? Whilst this year’s projects are all still up and coming, we are still extremely proud of the work of QUT students in previous years’ issues. One of our all-time favourites is the ‘Glitch’ photoshoot from FROCK 2017 which was an amazing visual representation of the ‘Imagining Futures’ theme which highlighted the blurred lines between fashion and technology. This year we are once again thrilled to have an incredible line up of talent and fashion professionals and can’t wait to see so many creative concepts come to life.
What is a social conscience? Why do you have a social conscience? Why does it matter? To us, a social conscience is using our platform to bring awareness and shed light onto the issues that are facing young Australians today. We believe it is important to use our voice for this reason as we have managed to gain a strong following over our thirteen years of publication and believe we have both a responsibility and a strong opportunity to inform our readers about topics that are directly impacting their lives.
What tips can you share about being aware of our impacts on the world? One of the most important things people can do to be aware of your impacts is educating yourself and not being ignorant to the world around us and how the fashion industry is impacting more than just trivialities of our day to day lives. Making a conscious effort to find out where your clothing is made, how it is made and the environmental impacts that your go-to brands are having and perhaps re-evaluating your shopping habits can be a great start to creating a more socially conscious generation of consumers.
What is success, how do we measure the “good” we do? For FROCK, we believe that our success is being able to make an impact on our audience and hopefully change their perspective about the current state of the creative industries in Brisbane. We hope that with our 2018 issue, we can inspire the next generation of creatives to make their own dreams a reality so that Brisbane continues to flourish as a creative hub and becomes a creative capital of Australia.
What other budding artists / entrepreneurs / creatives / initiatives are a source of inspiration? We love seeing the work of up and coming Brisbane creatives being recognised and celebrated by the community. In particular, some of our favourites include visual artist Holly Neilson, Phoebe Sheehy behind fashion label Phoebe Paradise, up-cycled and slow fashion label Coy Deroy, Brisbane Fashion Month founder Laura Churchill and the incredible team of Brisbane Festival.
Where can we find and follow you? Follow us on Instagram @frockpaperscissors and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/frockpaperscissors to show your support and keep up with our progress!
Big shout out to Megan McInerney for taking the time to speak with us. You can also support FROCK by purchasing a few of their second hand and hand made goods at the next Suitcase Rummage in Brisbane!