Curiosities: Harriet Lee-Merrion

Good Goods: Land Camera

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Some friends of ours had a Fuji instant camera at their wedding last year. The format of the film is great, it’s wider than polaroid film and has an even border around the edge. So, for Christmas I found an old 250 Land Camera on ebay, with a converted battery pack. We tried it out over the weekend, and loved the results. It’s a great alternative to a polaroid, and the film is less expensive. I purchased from this ebay seller, who is a retired photographer. He restored a lot of the old camera stock from his photo studio. It came with new batteries, a great carrying case, and donated 10% of the funds to a charity. It’s the little things.

Try This: Mochi

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One of our favorite treats from Trader Joe’s. Mochi is ice cream encased in dough and dusted with rice flour (so they won’t stick to everything). We are partial to the strawberry and chocolate varieties, but they also come in mango and green tea. The texture is great, and the single serving is nice. We can usually resist the urge to gorge ourselves, unlike when we just get a pint. ※ photograph by dc

Discover: Elis Regina

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I first heard Elis Regina on an adorable illustrated short called Omelette by Madeline Sharafian. The bouncy tune Aguas de Marco, one of her most popular tracks, was the perfect backing for the sweet pup comforting it’s owner with a meal.

I have a great love for Bossa Nova, but my knowledge of artists is lacking. Regina was well known in her day, in fact, she was Brazil’s greatest pop vocalist until her untimely death. While I was researching Elis I discovered that the self-titled album, the one this track is on, is not quite Bossa Nova after all, it’s música popular brasileira. My not so discerning ear can’t quite tell the difference, but it definitely has samba undertones.

I found the record in Toronto at a place called Cosmos Records. The shop owner, Aki, saw me flipping through Regina’s records and put the album on the turntable before I had the chance to ask him if they had it. When I asked him for Bossa Nova recommendations, he kindly made me a long list of artists I should try. Nice guy, and great shop. Check it out if you’re in town.

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite tracks from the album on Spotify, you can have a listen here.

※ photograph by dc

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I generally shy away from blogs that have music content, which makes little sense. Music is a huge part of our everyday life around here, and singing is a huge love of mine even though Steven is the only one who will ever hear it. I’ve discovered great music from some of my favorite bloggers, when I actually give it a chance. I guess I prefer to discover music naturally or by happenstance. I’ve always relied heavily on the company I keep to supply me with new up to date music. Call it lazy, but it has always worked out in my favor (they all have such wonderful taste). I also love spending time flipping through vinyl at the record store and picking up an album based on the cover and a brief listen on the turntable in the store. I’ve found many beautiful albums this way that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Buying vinyl may seem a little arbitrary and hipster, but to us there are a plethora of reasons that brought us here. The most predominant, in a world of digital, it means something to us to have a tangible piece of music. It brings an ambience to our weekend mornings that is unattainable by streaming music on our laptops.

We’ve been playing with the idea of bringing a music article to Design Curiosities for some time now, but I’ve always been a little hesitant. We aren’t exactly authorities on music, but if you’ll give us a chance you might find something you love as much as we do. It won’t always be original, but it will be something new we’ve discovered or something that is such an integral part of our life that we wanted to share with you. ※ photograph by dc

Curiosities: Harriet Lee-Merrion

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Harriet Lee-Merrion’s illustrations are made up of beautifully simple line work, some drastic angles, and a distinct color palate. She is part of a group of illustrators in Falmouth, Beginning, Middle and End Collective, who’s three frame story books are intriguing. A fairly recent graduate, Harriet is definitely an artist to watch. I can’t wait to see what more she has to offer. Some prints are available in her shop, here.