Brush Lettering workshop at UPPERCASE July 12

When I heard that UPPERCASE contributor Christopher Rouleau was planning a lettering workshop in Calgary, I offered him the use of the UPPERCASE studio if needed. Hooray! The workshop will be held in my studio! I look forward to taking the class and learning some lettering techniques from some really talented guys. The event is organized by the local chapter of the GDC. Here are the details:

Join Toronto letterers Kyle Gallant & Christopher Rouleau for a one-day intensive on the basics of brush pen lettering.

GDC Alberta South welcomes Toronto letterers Kyle Gallant & Christopher Rouleau for a one-day intensive on the basics of brush pen lettering. In addition to learning the fundamentals of letterform construction, participants will also learn tips & tricks for composition, as well as how to digitize your work. The workshop offers creative enrichment and helps participants with all backgrounds – beginners & novice letterers – develop their own unique lettering style, which can then be applied into their future artistic endeavours, at work and beyond.

This is a full-day workshop will be held Sunday, July 12 from 9am – 5pm at UPPERCASE in the Devenish building. There will be a one hour break for lunch. The cost of this full-day workshop is $165. This price includes a workbook and the supplies you will need for the workshop, all of which you get to take home at the end of the day.

Kyle is a multi-faceted designer, skilled in calligraphy, expressive lettering, and even graffiti. He is a self-described “compulsive doodler” and passionate about all things type. He has co-instructed several brush pen workshops with Christopher in Toronto, include a special workshop at the agency Sid Lee.

Christopher is a freelance graphic designer & letterer, with a love for alphabets, antique lettering guides and old hand-lettered signs. He is comfortable working in a variety of media, including pen, chalk, paint & ink. Christopher has taught workshops in Calgary, and also co-instructed his first workshop with Type Camp in New York City this past May.

Kyle & Christopher co-founded Ligatures, a Toronto-based typography interest group, in the fall of 2013. Since the club’s inception, they have hosted almost 2 dozen public events, ranging from film screenings, lectures, draft & draws, type walks, as well as their first curated gallery show, Swash & Serif, last October.

Sign up here. Space is limited!

UPPERCASE button-making fun tomorrow

hmm... I don't think this is how the library was promoted a century ago... a roadside sign tweeted via instagram...

UPPERCASE will be at the Louise Riley branch of the Calgary Public Library tomorrow as part of the city-wide celebrations of the library system's 100 birthday. There will be food trucks, music and activities such as button-making with yours truly (from noon-3pm) and a craft with children's book illustrator Carolyn Fisher.

I'll also have copies of the magazine for sale at a special in-person party price! And if you subscribe in person, you will receive a free back issue.

If you're not in Calgary and would like to subscribe, we have a $14 off coupon for the online shop: just enter the discount "I'veBeenUnderARock" which is valid on orders over $50.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Our event at Anthropologie!

Now that was a crafty extravaganza! We had four tables of things to make: notebooks, necklaces, buttons/mirrors and decorative orbs. Here's a quick gathering of our tweets and instagrams; I'm off to get a good night's sleep. Thank you to Erin, Megan, Chantal and Eleanor for their tremendous help, and to the fine and friendly folk at the Chinook Centre Anthropologie store. We'll post the pictures from our event photographer, Abby Hutchison, soon.

UPPERCASE + Anthropologie Calgary: special event!

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UPPERCASE magazine is very pleased to be part of Anthropologie's roster of quarterly magazines. (They've even done a nice feature about UPPERCASE and other fine publications on their website.) As a small publisher, their support is very much appreciated.
We've organized a creative event in Calgary's Anthropologie store on Thursday, May 24: a few hours of crafting with UPPERCASE and the visual display team from the store! Space is limited, so please RSVP to secure your spot or get on the wait list (please note that the attendee list is managed by Anthropologie).
It's going to be pretty and fun! I hope to see you there.

Dispatch from London: Ray Stitch (part 2)

I'm home in Calgary again and trying to take it easy since I really pushed myself on this trip and caught a cold at the end of it. Our home's internet, TV and phones were out for the past day so that was actually quite useful in contributing to some down time.

As promised, here are some of the fine folks who attended the Ray Stitch meet and greet.

From top to bottom: Ray Stitch is Rachel Hart's wonderful shop. That's her behind the counter in the teal sweater. / Excellent food for the event. / Lots of people came to say hi! I'm sorry, in my fog I have forgotten some names. Here's Janet Clare with her book, Freya & Fred. / Alex and Pui-Yee browse the latest issues. / That's Francisca Prieto (profiled in issue #12) and me. We look related, I think! / More details of the event and fine folks who supported it by braving traffic and weather.

Dispatch from London: Ray Stitch (part 1)

Ray Stitch is a very attractive shop. Here are some exterior photos before the Meet & Greet event, after (another) rain shower. Fitting, though, for issue #13 which is about how weather affects/inspires creativity.

More about the event and people pictures to follow in the next while. Thank you to everyone who came out and to Rachel and Michelle for their efforts, this great venue to meet my readers and for the all-round support of UPPERCASE. Thank you to Sam for the tasty food.

UPPERCASE meet and greet tonight in London's Ray Stitch

Please join me at Ray Stitch, tonight (Friday) at 7pm. Click here for directions. (If you want to purchase a copy of the latest issue (#13), Ray Stitch has the only copies in London.) It's an evening of craft and conversation surrounded by the inspiring haberdashery and fabric selection offered by Ray Stitch. We'll be stringing together colourful bead necklaces, an activity that was such a hit at the Alt Summit. It's a free activity, easy and fun to do while noshing and sipping and talking.

See you!

If you're not in London we have a consolation discount code: meetandgreet for $5 off your order until end of day Saturday. 

Party people

Thanks to everyone who came to visit. It was heartening to see such a nice turnout since it has been a while since I've been able to put so much effort into an event. (Click the photo above to see more images in Flickr.)

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.

B, eye, n, G, oh

Since this issue talks about luck and good fortune, we had games of chance to entertain.I even purchased daubers for the occasion.Finley had fun spinning the BINGO wheel.We played a few rounds after the crowds dwindled.

Crave Cupcakes

Cupcakes were ordered from Crave Cupcakes. (They have a subscription to the magazine!)


Then a busload arrived...

A literal busload of students from the University of Lethbridge came by at 6pm for a brief presentation about the magazine design. Thank you, Emily, for arranging the tour. Eleanor snapped these shots.


Party prep

Eleanor and I were quite happy with how the clouds turned out! Here's Eleanor standing in for a test shot.Lately I've been dressing to match issue #13's colour scheme... actually, I think it might be the other way around... For those with keen memories, you might recall the polka dot umbrella featured in issue #1.

It's First Thursday: Lucky 13 Party

The party decor is being set up! Inspired by the cover, we have paper pouf clouds and silver streamer rain.

These are just instagram pics; I look forward to sharing more photos later.

We're open from 6pm – 9pm. All ages welcome for bingo, cupcakes and photobooth fun. And pot of gold prizes!

Art Central, corner of 7th Avenue SW and Centre Street, kitty corner from the Hyatt Hotel and at the Centre Street LRT stop. Hop on over...

London suggestions?


I'm heading to the London Book Fair next month! I can scarcely believe it, and there's so much to do in the next month... Do you have suggestions of places, people or things that I should check out that could make good content for the magazine? Please leave your ideas in the comments below, thanks!

Tomorrow's First Thursday!

My red typer. She's a beaut!

I've got lots of chalk markers leftover from the Alt party (check out the video)—let's decorate the windows of UPPERCASE and have our own doodle party. I have chocolate cookies to share, too. And if you want to typewrite a Valentine to your sweetie, my typewriters will be available to serve you.

UPPERCASE will be open from 3pm to 8:30pm this Thursday.

alt: Squarespace + UPPERCASE party video