I'm giving away complimentary copies of Work/Life to the next 10 subscribers. It was one year ago that I was signing off on the book proofs in a hotel room in NYC, on my way to the National Stationery Show. I'm really proud of this book and it was a turning point for UPPERCASE: the experience of curating, writing, designing and publishing Work/Life confirmed my love for making books and I dove headfirst into more projects. Can you believe that since June 2008, we've released Work/Life, Old School, Jen11 and the first issue of UPPERCASE magazine? Holy cow! Good thing I just took a 3-week vacation.
"Being a professional illustrator or photographer is a full-time job that goes beyond the mainstream nine-to-five: tough deadlines mean working through the night and photo shoots might whisk you away to unexpected places. Flashes of inspiration can happen anytime, so your sketchbook is an indispensable appendage. You might spend innumerable hours secluded in your studio, or perhaps you’re a regular at the local coffeeshop. Chances are, your work and your life are one and the same and you wouldn’t have it any other way."
Work/Life is a book celebrating Canadian illustration and photography. Unlike magazine awards annuals or traditional illustration directories that are little more than picture books, our publication delves into what fuels a creative life. Participants were interviewed about their creative focus and artistic technique as well as their inspirations and aspirations. Sketchbook pages, studio shots, inspirational objects and personal photography allow us to peek into their work and their lives.