7 // Music – Sivu

Sivu for Wonderland MagazineBeing half Finnish every now and again I tend to try and find music which is in some way shape of form related to Finland and which actually sounds good. My reasons for this are that all I’ve really been subjected to while I’m there is my grandad’s radio and my mum’s ridiculous choice in music in the car. Something about ‘Put the banana in your cheek’?!  Oh and the Moomins… Which are awesome and I fully advocate watching any episode of it however it’s not particularly rocking if you’re a bit older than nine.

On one of my most recent Finnish music hunts I came across a brilliant musician called James Page who presents himself under the name Sivu (Finnish for page), and he has some incredibly well written songs, been remixed by Jack Steadman from Bombay Bicycle Club and has also collaborated with Marika Hackman (who is also of Finnish descent) on some beautiful tunes.

After shooting for the latest Albion Way gig, I discovered Sivu had also performed for one of The Albion Way concerts and was quite bummed out that I’d missed it, however I felt lucky I had been able to go the latest show in London at the Roundhouse Studios while my old gig buddy was visiting and we weren’t disappointed. His band is very talented and holy-wow to the multi-tasking they were doing on stage.

Below you can see the awesome artwork for Can’t Stop Now created by Samuel Burgess-Johnson and you’ll be able to see a couple of music videos (including the latest for Miracle (Human Error)) and find a link to the Sivu Soundcloud. I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do!

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Can anyone tell me the names of some great Finnish musicians? I’m always on the hunt.

6 // Favourite Pins This Week

Recently Mikee and I have started looking at places we can make our own. While we’ve been looking I’ve also been hunting for decoration inspiration. We have a long, long way to go before anything like this could happen. And while we’ve only just started the adventure, it has been fun to look and it’s helping us to get a jist of things we might like for decoration.

All of these rooms are beautiful, a lot of these windows are massive and the room sizes are enviable… Loving the white & bright rooms with pops of colour and a lot of wood, and plants and artwork. It’s making me quite excited about the possibilities we might have ahead of us.

Anyway, Pinterest has been such a helpful tool for inspiration, and if you fancy checking out the rest of the pins I’ve found you can do so by clicking here! Does anyone have any house hunting tips or decoration tips? It’d be interesting to hear some perspectives as no one seems to know what they’re doing…

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5 // Music – We The Wild

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A few months ago I came across this band called We The Wild, made up of two guys based in London called Ant West & Casey Roarty. They’re probably my favourite most recent find (along with a couple of others who I will share with you soon). I first heard the song Float and the after really liking that I stumbled upon their Soundcloud and listened to the Volume 1 EP, which has awesome artwork (which they also created – talented guys!) by the way which you can see below the videos in the soundcloud playlist if you like what you hear.

Anywho! They’ve been releasing tracks from their Volume 2 record – ‘Paper Planes’ and ‘Trampoline’… Which me and Mikee have been quite excited about. The latest one was released yesterday so my ears have been enjoying their sounds for the last day which you can hear here too. So go enjoy this awesome band and if you like them (which I hope you do as I think they’re ridiculously good) check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

What do you think of the tracks? Has anyone got any good music recommendations for me?

4 // Through a 50mm

Er mer gerd! I recently acquired a 50mm 1.4 lens for my new camera. I am in love. I only really got to play around with it at the weekend with my silly friends but I got some awesome images and it’s made me want to shoot so much more. This doesn’t mean I will be neglecting my film cameras but it’s refreshing to have something to trigger that excitement again.

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We also went on a little trip to the RCA to check out the MA shows. There was some really brilliant work but only a few bits shone out from the quick meander we had around. I took some snaps of those. I didn’t get the creatives names again (I’m so bad) so if anyone knows the names let me know. I want the below piece in my future house. I’m a bit of a moth though so when it comes to light related things I will most likely like them!

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I think this musical typewriter was my favourite bit. When you typed a note it struck a bell the that lasted the same amount of time it took to word the letter in different pitches. We typed out our names, it was awesome to hear the way it sounded… I gotta say, Antonia’s name sounded the nicest, so if you do go to the RCA show (it’s on till Sunday the 29th) have a little tinkle and see if you come up with some nice sounding words.

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Dogs! It is true, I’m obsessed. I loved him so he made it in.

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This was pretty awesome, you had to smile to get the picture to work on the TV… If you pulled any other face the screen went wavy and disrupted. I liked that it encouraged you to smile more which needs to happen more in the world… Especially in London.

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On from smiling at screens to smiling in parks, riding bikes and climbing trees… These are the other images from the day. BTW – cycling on a Boris bike and trying to photograph your friends while they ride their bikes without holding onto the handle bars is harder than it looks and could have resulted in us crashing but it didn’t so yippy!

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So yeah, I’m totally in love with my camera and my new lens. I’m hoping to get more design work uploaded tonight as well, hooray for feeling productive…

3 // Central Saint Martins Degree Shows

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This Tuesday I was fortunate enough to attend the private view of the Central Saint Martins degree show, Show 2 (Inspired by the RCA I see). This year marks a special year for the graduates as they are the first group to have just attended the Kings Cross campus. The year my class graduated was the final round of students to make their way completely through the William Lethaby Building on Southampton Row and Red Lion Square. This also means I graduated three years ago. Blimey – I could have done a second degree by now.

Upon entering the new building it’s lovely to see that they have a homage to their past sites on the walls in casts of the signage that was used around the beautiful old buildings.

Arriving it was lovely to see some old friends and brilliant tutors who I haven’t seen in a good while, and we headed up to the Graphics studios to see their work. Overall it was a really good show, the quality of the work was high as usual and everyone was enjoying themselves which they should be after all the hard work that goes into creating all of this crazy stuff.

Below are some of my favourite bits from the show.

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^ Anna Nazo in MA Communication Design – cargocollective.com/annanazo

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^ Kyung-Hee Baek in MA Communication Design – www.khbaek.com

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^ Käthrine Yan in BA Graphic Design – cargocollective.com/kathrineyan

The origami project totally reminded me of the 1000 Wishes project I worked on with Christina.

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^ I loved this – I have searched high and low for the name of the person who worked on this as I didn’t write it down and can’t find them… If anyone knows who the designer is let me know please.

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^ Elisabeth A. Bukanova in BA Graphic Design – www.bukanova.com

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^ Both of the above are by Bethan Mitchell in BA Graphic Design – www.bethanlmitchell.com

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^ Simone Pilla Coutinho in BA Graphic Design – www.simonepilla.net

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^ Jeremy Lin in BA Graphic Design – roomforerror.net

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^ Junwen Tan in BA Graphic Design – www.junwentan.com

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^ Kiki Ljung in BA Graphic Design (Illustration) – www.kikiljung.com

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^ Tamzin R. Atkinson in BA Graphic Design (Illustration) – tamzinatkinson.tumblr.com

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^ Maciej Rackiewicz in BA Graphic Design (Illustration) – cargocollective.com/maciejrackiewicz

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^ Advertising had decided to present their work using the inspiration of Mad Men which was a great idea which I was surprised the previous years hadn’t done.

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^ The lovely Isabel who graduated in the same year as me, enjoying herself.

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^ This was really stunning and probably one of my favourite bits I saw from the evening. Kensuke Nakata was creating these rose petals out of ceramics for the BA Ceramic Design show, the whole evening he sat there creating them, all unique. They were beautiful and it say’s in the show guide that if the piece sells 50% of the profits will go to Aid for Japan. His work can be found here – www.kensukenakata.com

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If you’re planning on heading down this weekend keep an eye out for these bits, the show is on till Sunday the 22nd June.

God speed and good luck to all of this years graduates. If anyone else went what did you think of the show? Did I miss anything?

2 // COURTESAN AU CHOCOLAT RECIPE

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The other week I found this Courtesan au Chocolat recipe from Mendl’s in The Grand Budapest Hotel. I really need to make these properly, but I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys incase you fancied making them yourselves. Also, if you haven’t watched the film – I’d highly recommend it, me and Mikee went to see it shortly after going on a Wes Anderson film binge and it’s probably my favourite of his films along with The Darjeeling Limited.

I have tried to make these myself not very well, but there’s always improvements the more you make things isn’t there? I would recommend swapping out the icing in the recipe video for coloured melted white chocolate. Here’s what my terrible first attempts looked like haha.

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1 // Helen Dealtry

I came across these awesome illustrations by Helen Dealtry. I think they’re beautiful. The colours are prefect and they make me want to get my paints out and have a play. I especially love the cactus one.

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