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MELANIE CARTER graphic designer & illustrator (604) 764 - 1340 mrlcdesigns.wix.com/mrlcdesigns 4638 Strathcona Rd North Vancouver BC V7G 1G3 CANADA
Wednesday's child may 2013 issue 1 Wednesdayâ€™s Child magazine contents ÂŠ Melanie Carter 2013
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4 MUSIC * 8 POETRY * 12 DESIGN * 16 ART * 20 D.I.Y. *
Exclusive interview and full backstory of the local North Vancouver dynamic duo.
2) talking poetry heads
4) flora art & 3) ondesign the fence
Illustrated words of wisdom from misfits, mystics and the magnificent that transcend time and space.
A manifesto on the challenges and joy of experimenting with and typography.
A collection of colour palettes, photographs, artwork and collages inspired by the natural world.
5) Mangoes+ d.i.y.
pineapples+ avocados, oh my!
Learn how to grow your own garden from pits, seeds and stems.
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Meet the musical duo, Maroscuro Exclusive interview and full backstory of the local North Vancouver band.
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The friendship that founded Maroscuro started long before the pairs jamming in 2005. “Mel and I were those two anti-social kids who got stuck in the loner cabin in Girl Guides,” says Maryse. “I’d like to think that we were the special ones,” Mel adds. The two friends first met at the age of 8 at Girl Guide Camp, and quickly bonded over being outsiders.*like Pony Boy and Soda Pop When Maryse –nicknamed Yokowas transferred to a different group the following year, Mel
MAROSCURO “jam sesh” circa. 2005
swore off Girl Guides for good. What followed was a 5 year hiatus and an unexpected reunion on the first day of high school. “I thought she looked familiar,” says Mel. “It wasn’t until I saw a picture of her as a kid on her mantle that I realized she was Yoko, my long lost childhood bud,” adds Mel. Mel and Yoko shared the same bus route to school every morning and bonded over sharing tunes and making up silly songs
“We didn’t want our faces in it and didn’t think anyone would even watch it, but we got 500 views in the first day,” says Mel. After posting 4 videos and garnering thousands of views, Maroscuro moved on to a bigger stage. Their current account on popular music sharing website Bandcamp allows fans to download MP3s of the band’s tracks instantly. “We just want to keep recording songs and having fun—not taking the joy out of music by taking it too seriously,” says Yoko.
LINKS » maroscuro.bandcamp.com/ » youtube.com/user/maryyyse/
discography HOWLING cover digital single feb. 2013
“We’ve got a pretty sweet artistic bond,” agrees Mel. “Kinda like Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt.”
and games to pass the time. Their childhood imagination hadn’t faded and rekindled their playful spirit. They were both in the high school music program, although not in the same classes. Mel played the clarinet in band, while Yoko sang in choir. “We always joked about starting a band and becoming famous, but never took the project too seriously until after graduation,” says Yoko. Yoko moved over to Vancouver Island for university and on a weekend trip home one night, Maroscuro recorded their first video. This was when their music career really took off.
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MRLC LEAFHEAD LOGO concept process ÂŠ Melanie Carter,2013
inspirational quotes from misfits, mystics and the Magnificent Illustrated words of wisdom from a variety of characters, that transcend time and space.
POST-IT WALL inspirational Rumi quotes on Post-its
RUMI QUOTE “Stand alone” © Melanie Carter, 2013
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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. -Leonard Cohen Beauty and truth can be found all around us. Similar to reading Romantic sonnets, rhythmic limericks or simple haiku’s, poetry can be found in places as trivial as a journal entry or school notes. HELENA QUOTE “weird from the start” Helena Bonham Carter
In our daily conversations, in song lyrics, in fiction novels and even on discarded scraps of paper and trash.
HELENA SILHOUTTE “No normality in life” © Melanie Carter, 2012
Sound, rhythm and particular words can have an incredible influence on design and art. They go perfectly hand in hand. There is a movement to language which mirrors the movement of a pen on a piece of paper. They are alive. They leave marks and they represent the human spirit. It is creativity
and language that make humans such wonderful creatures. It was from a discarded postit that contained a line of Persian prophet, Rumi’s poetry that the idea for this compilation was derived. It is in found poetry and quotations that snapshots of life are documented forever.
LINKS ARMSTRONG SCREAM “21st Century Breakdown” © Melanie Carter, 2010
» west---east.tumblr.com/ » nimrod2316.deviantart.com/
BURTON SILHOUETTE “Visions are worth fighting for” © Melanie Carter, 2012
ON THE FENCE
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experimental typography ÂŠ Melanie Carter, 2012
Experimenting with words, letters and typogrAphy A manifesto on the challenges and joy of experimenting with and typography.
ON THE FENCE POSTER experimental typography event ÂŠ Melanie Carter, 2012
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To Truly experiment is a hard thing to do. it is not simply trying something new, but in fact a step beyond that. Experimentation begins with two simple words, I wonder. These are the crazy ideas that pop into our heads which we often dismiss and forget after a while. For example, as a child if we wondered what the inside of a worm looked like, we would most likely run into the garden, pick one up slice it open and take a look for ourselves. As we age we tend to act less and less on these impulses and dismiss them as soon as they are thought up.
explorations and effects © Melanie Carter, 2012
Experimenting is all about forgetting how we have been taught something should be. Instead we should delve into our imagination and create something truly unique and unorthodox. Only when we step out of our comfort zone, enclosed mindset and regular routine can we truly and freely experiment. Experimenting takes courage as it is not the safe and comfortable way to get a project done. The outcome is often unexpected and unknown. In a time where we are so used to controlling every minute detail of our lives, it can be hard to let go of some control. The most successful experiments occur however, when chances are taken and minimal control is applied. Even when they don’t always work out we can often learn from the process.
LETTERS IN MOTION
When applying experimentation to typography the outcome and
experimental letters © Melanie Carter, 2012
process should be unique, inventive and innovative. Experimental typography challenges what is conventional by doing the complete opposite. For example, if everyone is leaning towards ultra clean and computerised typography,others will combat this with their own artillery of grungy handrendered type. Experimental type is unconventional and often challenges what is being created during a certain era. BLACK FENCES
The most important aspect of experimental typography is not its anti-conventionalism, but the exploration, freedom and the knowledge gained by a designer during its process of creation.
experimental text layout © Melanie Carter, 2012
IVY FENCE lettering cut into leaves © Melanie Carter, 2012
LINKS » linkedin.com/pub/melaniecarter/46/9a9/258 » mrlcdesigns.wix.com/ mrlcdesigns
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experimental digital type © Melanie Carter, 2012
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Fantastical art and photography inspired by the natural world FLORA & FAUNA
A collection of photographs, artwork, colours and collages inspired by flora and fauna.
experimental typography ÂŠ Melanie Carter, 2013
YOUNG BUCK black and white photo ÂŠ Melanie Carter, 2013
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ERATOPUS deer, bat, octopus painting © Melanie Carter, 2012
Some of natures most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake. -Rachel carson
AUTUMN LEAVES colour palette inspired by fallen leaves
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In today’s world we are often extremely removed from nature. We are glued to our smart phones, iPads and computers. We are so accustomed to interacting with machines and the newest technology that we have become more familiar with iPhone model numbers than the names of plant species. It is more
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We are too far removed. Careers in design revolve around computers, but it does not have to be this way. There is a treasure trove of inspiration right outside our door. From the pattern
WOODLAND PRINTS LOGO collectable figurine packaging identity © Melanie Carter, 2012
SEE K E R
photograph of pattern on wasps back on wood © Melanie Carter, 2013 pri n t s
woodland prints figurine packaging collage © MelanieprCarter, 2012 in t s
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found on a tree’s bark to the colours of changing autumn leaves, the Earth provides a database of ideas for artists and designers. Nothing in nature is mass produced. Everything is unique. Each tree comes in a different size and tilts a certain way. Each bird has slightly different plumage and mannerisms. This is pri n t s where creative people should seek inspiration, not from technology but instead from Mother Earth.
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MUSIC IN THE MORNING
LINKS » dropr.com/melaniecarter
initial rough drawings of conceptual symbols for music in the morning © Melanie Carter, 2010
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3 resourceful ways to grow fruit from waste. Learn how to grow your own fruit garden from pits, seeds and stems.
AVOCADO TREE grown from pit ÂŠ Melanie Carter, 2013
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*remove flesh from mango and get seed from husk *wash seed and make sure not to remove brown skin
*stick 4 toothpicks in sides of mango seed
*suspend seed in glass of water
*change water every 2 days
*wait for roots to start to grow from your seed
*plant mango seed in your garden!
*cut top off of pineapple *pluck bottom leaves off of trimming & make sure they are firm
*stick 4 toothpicks in pineapple trimming
*suspend trimming in glass of water
*change water every 2 days
*cut avocado in half & carefully remove pit *wash avocado pit and make sure not to remove brown skin
*stick 4 toothpicks in sides of avocado pit
*suspend pit in glass of water
*change water every 2 days
*wait for roots to start to grow from your trimming
*plant trimming in your garden!
*wait for roots to start to grow from your pit
*plant avocado pit in your garden!