Unique LA this weekend

The Unique LA show is this weekend:

The largest independent design show in the USA, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 325 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. 

I'd love to attend one day... oh, to see and do it all...


Dispatch from London: Donya Coward

Adjacent to Anthropologie King's Road is a little companion gallery. The current exhibition features the elegant "taxidermy" dogs of Donya Coward

Dispatch from London: Donna Wilson studio visit!

I had the privilege of visiting Donna Wilson's studio Tuesday morning to interview her for the magazine. We did our interview on-camera, so I have lots of interesting footage to edit when I get home. More to come later! (Issue #15, fall)

Thank you to Siew, Grace, Erin, Eva and Donna for welcoming me (and my camera and tripod!) into the studio. Donna was soon off to the Milan Furniture Fair, so I appreciate her taking the time on a very busy day.

This guy will be taking a suitcase back to Canada:

Visit the Donna Wilson online shop.

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!

Dispatch from London: Homespun Style by Selina Lake

Selina Lake's latest book is gorgeous. (The book was written with Joanna Simmons and photographed by Debi Treloar)

The Homespun Market and Book Party was lovely. Such a nicely curated selection of high quality crafts for the home. I will share more photos soon, but the time zones and travel have caught up with me and I need some sleep.

Happy Easter

Pantone Eggs by Jessica Jone (How About Orange)The Pantone motif is a simple designer icon that lends itself to parody, play and product design. Jessica Jones has made Pantone eggs by dipping them in dye and creating the type by printing onto inkjet temporary tatoo paper.

I'd like to thank Jessica for sharing one of her other DIY project photos in the current issue. I compiled art and craft inspired by the elements (sun, wind, temperature) and featured her project of using Inkodye to make sun prints on fabric.

Hmm.... I wonder if you could sunprint an Easter egg? Maybe next year...

Party gold

Our silver-lined clouds offered these UPPERCASE pots of gold as prizes. I found some nice acrylic wedding favour boxes and filled each with a selection of golden beads, sequins, pins and papers.These gold seals are from an office supply company and I used my custom embossing seal. It pays to be a packrat, since I had these gold stickers lying around for years.

A little bit more with Ayumi

Ayumi provided me with so many good images; I wish I could have published them all with the article. Here are some that you won't find in the pages of issue #13.

Her woodstacks are seasonal works of art!

type tuesday: Paloma's nest

Stamped ceramic eggsPaloma's Nest offers custom-stamped ceramic eggs and ornaments for gift-giving and commemorative heirlooms. It's all in the simplicity.

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.

type tuesday: Ruan Hoffmann

A selection of work from Ruan Hoffmann's website.South African artist Ruan Hoffmann uses text and drawing on seemingly delicate surfaces.

His work was featured in Anthropologie, NYC last year.

{Thank you to Louis Boshoff for the link.}

The Aesthetic of Funk

Handmade Portraits: Xenobia Bailey from Etsy on Vimeo.


Thank you to Jeremiah Glazer at Etsy for sending me a link to their latest Handmade Portraits video feature about Xenobia Bailey. Jeremiah writes:

"Her work, which has been featured in museums, television (The Cosby Show), and film (Do The Right Thing), is extraordinarily imaginative and diverse — crowns, mandalas, dresses, sculptures, even teas — but they’re all an articulation of what she calls the “aesthetic of funk.” Xenobia says that she learned to “funk it together” by watching the women in her community beautify their environments with limited resources. She has continued to preserve and extend that tradition in her extraordinarily diverse art pieces and clothing."

Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark, whose Foreclosure Quilts are mentioned in the current issue, is profiled on Poppytalk where you can see her studio and read an interview.

3D Roadtrip!

Over recent weeks, I've enjoyed reading about the adventures of Bilal Ghalib and Alex Hornstein who's Pocket Factory project I first learned about on the Make blog; two makers who are taking 3D printing on the road, travelling around the US as they run their 3D printers in the back of their Prius, selling the wears that they create. 

For anyone not familiar with the 3D printing movement, it is about relatively inexpensive machines that print extruded plastics from computer-designed models. It essentially allows an individual to create plastic parts that, even a decade ago, could be made only on machines that cost tens of thousands of dollars. 3D printing enthusiasts tend to be very excited about the possibilities of this technology, but at the same time the community tends to be a bit insular. The Pocket Factory project takes the technology out to flea markets and public spaces, to people who often have no idea that such a technology is possible. Bilal and Alex started out not knowing exactly what the reception would be (it's been everywhere from wildy excited to apathetic to a little hostile), or what ideas and business models would actually allow them to make money. It's been fascinating to follow their blog and read about their adventures.

Ok, nobody sneeze...

(Want to read more about paper cutting? We have a feature about the art of paper cutting and other labour-intensive artmaking in issue #11.)

Glamorous tape photo shoot

I took way more photos of tape than I needed for "A Field Guide to Tape" but I was having too much fun!

Washi tape sources: Pretty Tape, Cute Tape, Omigaye

12: A Field Guide to Tape

photo by Beebee
Issue 12 has a fun article called "A Field Guide to Tape". Written by our youngest contributor so far, I met Beebee at last summer's Renegade fair in LA. I had been planning this article for a while, but after seeing Beebee's blog and zines, I thought she would do a nice job on the topic of tapes. She's quite an expert!

As editor, one of the exciting and fulfilling things about UPPERCASE is inviting people who have never been published before to contribute in one way or another. (It doesn't matter that you're not a "real" writer or "professional" artist—if you show passion and talent, that's all I need.)

photo by BeebeeHere's a closer view of the illustration by Michael Mateyko that accompanies the article. I love how his Scotch tape pattern makes a great suit for this snail/tape creature.

illustration by Michael Mateyko