Eva Franco: my Pinterest board


Source: polyvore.com via Janine on Pinterest



I've started a Pinterest board for Eva Franco designs I love.

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Shoegazing Notecards featured at Papyrus

This happy assortment are the Shoegazing Notecard designs from the set I curated and designed with Chronicle Books.Pretty shoes and confetti—a combination suitable for lots of occasions or even an everyday hello.The pretty box with a scallop motif.

Kate Woodrow, who was my editor at Chronicle Books on this project, emailed today to share that our Shoegazing Notecards are nicely featured on the Papyrus website. (Check them out in the banner!) Papyrus is also having a big sale: buy one stationery set, get one for 50% off. So, start with Shoegazing Notecards and perhaps the lovely Polaroid set as well?

Inspiration: Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day, circa 1952The work of Lucienne Day inspires a lot of contemporary interpretations, but it always worthwhile to know more than the surface of a designer's work. Day's work is part of Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles: a current exhibition at the British Textiles Museum. The book Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers in Modern Design by Lesley Jackson (Chronicle, 2001) is also worth adding to your library.

Around the web:

• Lucienne Day 1917-2010, remembrance in the Guardian

• Robin Day obituary

• An interview and home tour of Robin and Lucienne Day with Wallpaper magazine, December 2008.

• V&A Lucienne Day archives

Classic Textiles' reissue of some iconic designs



photo by Anne-Katrin Purkiss

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Stili acumen salus mundi

In issue #11 we mentioned David Rees' Artisanal Pencil Sharpening service. To celebrate his second anniversary, he has partnered with Mike Houston of Cannonball Press to create this print.

David is also currently on a book tour in support of his book, How to Sharpen Pencils.

Stili acumen salus mundi* indeed.

*A sharp pencil is the salvation of the world.

Alanna Cavanagh tea towel

Regular UPPERCASE contributor Alanna Cavanagh has a tea towel design available through The Bay. It's sold out online at the moment, but still available in shops around the country. Looks like a nice Mother's Day gift!

type tuesday: house numbers

Calgary-based Etsy seller INgrain sells weather-resistant house letters.

Dispatch from London: Smug

Donna Wilson made me a list of places to see and Smug was one of the destinations. A pretty multi-level boutique in Camden Passage, Smug is the curation and styling of Lizzie Evans:

"Lizzie remembers spending her pocket money in Camden Passage as a little girl. Now as an interior and graphic designer, she has turned a regular shop front into a light and airy designed space filled with 1950s furniture, handmade toys, gorgeous stationery, quirky kitchenware, and chic ceramics. The space retains its old waxed boards and rusty manhole covers, but introduces sheets of glass as balustrades and portions of the floor, allowing light to penetrate the downstairs of the retail haven."

The floor on the upper level was fantastic! I loved all the textures and contrasts in Smug's shop design.

Dispatch from London: Spitalfields with Emily Chalmers

Emily Chalmers: Caravan, Flea Market Style, Modern Vintage Style... Chances are, you love Emily's styling aesthetic as much as I do. Emily generously wrote the introduction to Tif Fussell's Dottie Angel book and though she and Tif were acquainted, I had not yet had the pleasure of meeting Emily in person. We arranged to meet for the Thursday vintage market at Old Spitalfields Market. Emily has a 4-month old (beautiful!) daughter who napped in her white pram while we strolled the booths.

Emily's old and new, mix and match style makes for homey and eclectic rooms—as well as a unique personal clothing style. I always admire people who can wear vintage pieces, but it never seems to suit me. I loved the textures and contrasts of her outfit.

The child's rolltop desk was something we both instantly were drawn to. Emily's daughter will get use this as she grows older and arrangements were made to bring it home.

The pile of letters spelled "coiffeur" and were only sold as a set (not to us, sadly.)

I could easily start a collection of antique ink bottles, but I resist the urge!

Me in my yellow jacket besides some typewriters. I have seen a lot of Londoners in the past week and I have not seen a single soul wearing a yellow slicker.

I would have purchased the tin sign "World's Greatest Weekly for Women" if it would have fit in my luggage.

Ties that bind

We received this video from Etsy last week. It is about Aysegul & Sebahat Cetinkaya, a mother/daughter team from Bolu, Turkey who run an Etsy store (irregularexpressions.etsy.com) and make accessories with a  crochet hook, needle, some thread, and beads.

Their work is breathtaking and is now on my covet list. But, the video is about more than their craft; it's about the relationship between a mother and daughter, one that is both singularly unique, and yet somehow also universal in nature.

I come from a family of women who have created a stunning handwork legacy. My Grandmother could walk through a department store and recreate a coat she saw. My Aunt and I are linked through the creation of handmade Teddy bears. My Mother is a prolific knitter and has blessed us with many handknits. One recent Christmas morning, Mom and I each presented the other with a handknit cowl.

I am humbled by the talents of the women in my family and blessed to be able to pass these skills to my children. For us, handwork and creativity really are the ties that bind.

Dispatch from London: Type Tuesday

Here are some old enamel numbers in a shop on Portobello Road. I was really tempted to purchase one of the small numbers that were about an inch long—it would make a cool pendant! But I couldn't decide on a number: none of them had any special meaning to me and they were technically of French rather than English vintage. So I took lots of photos and walked away.

Dispatch from London: More Homespun Style pics

Homespun Style Market and Book PartyThe cards that I collected from market sellers.Such an appealing mismatch of vintage and floral fabrics everywhere!I've made a Flickr set with all my photos and links to the sellers' websites.

It is just about noon, London time. After some restless hours in the middle of the night I needed to get some sleep and happily slept in this morning, something I never get to do at home!

Today I am off to explore some Saturday markets and perhaps a touristy bus tour for the grander sights.

Dispatch from London: Emma Lamb

I've been coveting Emma Lamb's beautiful crochet goods for many years. To meet Emma and see her work (and her fine crocheting on the spot!) was a highlight of the Homespun Style Market.

This is the garland that I purchased!

type tuesday: Rae Dunn

Visit Rae Dunn's Etsy shop for these and other designs.

I love Rae Dunn's ceramics. They feel so good in your hands—just the right combination of weight and delicateness that makes ceramics so appealing. I have a small plate in the bathroom for rings and earrings and some salt and pepper pots in my kitchen.

Here's a post I did about her booth at the Renegade Craft Fair last year.

Little Studio Nordic Happy Design

I received a very nice introductory email letter from Little Studio (Sweden) with these lovely pictures of their wares attached.

Marit Lissdaniels and Angelica Utterberg are the names behind Little Studio. We offer playful and cheerful design, which is supposed to fit equally well to adults as to children. We opened up our shop in 2010, and we got a really good response. At first we only offered graphic prints, now we have expanded our collection with pillowcases, trays and cutting boards. Children's ability to see things for more than what they really are, is a great inspiration to us. For example, a triangle could just be a triangle—but it can also be a mountain. Or a circle, a circular symbol, can with other circles turn into soap bubbles.

We try to avoid the traditional gender roles, we want everything to fit all. It's so much more fun we think, when you erase these boundaries and get to choose freely. Instead, we try to create designs that with the aid of imagination, color and shape conveys a special feeling.

I quite like these bubbles!


Eva Franco

Last summer I had the pleasure of visiting Eva Franco in her amazing studio in Los Angeles. Eva has been an UPPERCASE subscriber for quite a while and she came to visit our booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles. Eva and her studio will be featured in the spring issue of UPPERCASE that is currently in progress. (A primary themes I'm exploring in the next issue is indie fashion as well as luck/superstition and how weather influences creativity). 

Eva's just posted this video on her blog. It offers a glimpse at her creative process and will whet your appetite for more!


Source: modcloth.com via Janine on Pinterest



A selection of Eva's clothes are available through ModCloth. More of my favourites on Pinterest.

Lotta love at the workroom

photo by the workroom

I have a crush on Lotta Jansdotter and everything she does. Her patterns always look for fresh and unlaboured. the workroom in Toronto just got Lotta's new fabric line, Echo, in stock. Lotta was recently featured on Design*Sponge, if you haven't already seen it!

type tuesday: Paperweights

Dana Tanamachi's paperweights for West ElmI have a lettering crush on Dana Tanamachi. Have you seen her work in the February issue of Oprah's magazine? I purchased the issue (first time, ever!) to read on my epic journey to Salt Lake City for the Alt Summit. {rediscovered via Papertastebuds} Click here to purchase the paperweights from West Elm.

Cartolina Postale

Fiona Richards at Cartolina has done it again! Another beautiful iPhone app... but this time it combines print: you download the free app and the include your photography on Cartolina-designed postcard templates... a few days later and, voila! your postcard arrives by mail to its destination (you just pay per use). Check out Cartolina Postale and send your friends and family a photo postcard.

Look for an article about Fiona and her creative business, written by Erin Loechner, in the next issue of UPPERCASE! (#12, January)

JetPens - Love at First Write

Next Monday the fine folks at JetPens and I will be hosting a fun giveaway. If you haven't been on the JetPens website, be prepared!!! You are going to want to buy so many things. Specializing in difficult-to-find, high quality and Japanese writing implements, there's a seemingly infinite selection of inspiring tools for writing, calligraphy, sketching and marking of all sorts. Inspired by their name, here's a post of jet-black pens and ink.

You may wonder what makes Asian pens so special. JetPens has an interesting answer:

"Kanji (Chinese characters) are much more complex than the English alphabet. A single character can have up to 30+ strokes! As a result of this intricacy, many writing instruments in Asia are much more precise than those available in the United States. At JetPens you'll be amazed to find fine point writing instruments that you can't find anywhere else in the world. In addition, we have mind-boggling colors that will beat the selection at any local office store. JetPens is a home for pen fanatics."

Look for more about JetPens on Monday!