A little time off


Merry Christmas, everyone. Thank you for a really great UPPERCASE year.

We're closed for a short holiday and will reopen on the first Thursday of January with a preview of Trio Magnus. Join us Saturday, January 5 from 2-5pm to meet and doodle with a mighty third of Trio Magnus, Aaron Leighton. 


Graphiste Parisienne


Some very nice illustration work by Mathilde Aubier. (Also make sure to click on her list of links - there are some great ones there.)

Books for Christmas


Domino magazine has a list of books that make good gifts for design addicts. Of course, we'd prefer that you do your shopping here at UPPERCASE in person! We have a great selection of design inspiration books (perhaps some holiday reading?) Some of my recommendations include 100 years of Fashion Illustration, The Picture Book, Twentieth Century Pattern Design and Play Pen.

The store will be open Thursday and Friday from 10am-6pm, and Saturday from 11am - 5pm. Join us this Saturday afternoon from 2-5 for a Christmas party! Then we're closing up shop until January 3, 2008.

(Sorry, we can no longer ship online purchases in time for Christmas.)

A treat from Camilla


I think everyone knows how much I admire Camilla Engman's artwork. It has become a Christmas tradition, over the past three years, to have something of Camilla's on display in the gallery in November and December. This year, we have prints of her drawings (just two left!) and her calendars (also two left, available in the gallery.) I was just reading on her blog that she has sold out of the 2008 calendar edition - congratulations to Camilla! In celebration, she has made some cute gift tags, available as a free downloadable pdf.



Here's a gorgeous set of ephemera by Alistair Hall of We Made This. (Via Camilla). He also has some great photographs of found lettering.


Jewelerines by Paige Smith

Paige Smith is a Senior Designer at Critical Mass in Calgary. She is also a wonderful craftsperson and recently launched her line of vintage-inspired jewellery holders at the Calgary Artist Market (unfortunately, she won't be at tomorrow's sale). Made from found antique lamp bases, thrifted china and charming trims, Jewelerines are uniquely pretty holders for necklaces, earrings, brooches, rings and bracelets.

I love the thrill of finding treasures in other people’s ‘junk’ and seeing the potential of how it can be transformed into something beautiful. As a young girl, I would tag along with my mom to church rummage and garage sales to pick out a ‘new’ outfit for school. And my dad’s junkcollecting ways turned the farm in Saskatchewan into the best place to play hide-and-go seek with my brother. A collector at heart, I have searched the world’s greatest flea markets for many treasures; Loppmarknaden in Stockholm; Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris; and every Sunday here at Calgary’s Hillhurst-Sunnyside flea market. I find inspiration in the many things I collect. It was a vintage pink brocade dress that inspired me to create one-of-a-kind jewelry holders called Jewelerines.

Jewelerines are available at Honey B's in Calgary or by emailing psdesign at telus dot net. I wish Paige much success in her creative venture!


A fun evening of marzipan!


Carolyn Fisher hosted an evening of making marzipan goodies. More photos here. Thanks, Carolyn! What a fun idea.

Vintage Catalogue


I've been gathering new sources for my Eclecto journals (so much fun!) I lucked out on this beautiful Montgomery Ward Spring/Summer catalogue from 1952. Just under ten dollars for 800 pages of inspiration. I've photographed the best pages and posted them here on Flickr. (I'm not sure I'll be able to sacrifice these pages for book-making!)


Work / Life : on the radio

Tonight at 7pm I'll be talking with Jenny of CJSW's Arts Link about the Work / Life project. You can listen here: http://www.cjsw.com/listen.html



You are invited to an UPPERCASE Christmas party on Saturday, December 22 from 2-5pm. (Please note that we changed the date to ensure that Beyond magazine will be printed and delivered!)

We are celebrating a successful and memorable year (oh, Shatner), the launch of the next issue of Beyond magazine (yes! a new issue!) and, of course, the holiday season (time off!). Please join us for some treats, beverages and good cheer among friends.

This is also the last day that the store will be open in 2007, so everything will be on sale--a pre-Christmas boxing day extravaganza for all you last-minute shoppers!

Janine's making goodie bags of UPPERCASE treats, so please let us know if you will be attending. (Click here to RSVP).


bye bye Blueprint

blueprintcover.gifI just read on Design*Sponge that Blueprint magazine is folding. Confirmed by the reaper on Magazine Death Pool. It seems hard to believe that a magazine with a circulation of 268,000 and leveraged by Martha Stewart and her brands cannot be sustained.

Going forward, the company will produce Blueprint as focused special interest issues within the home category, which it will introduce to brides-to-be through its established Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Bluelines, the Blueprint blog, will continue and the company anticipates growing Blueprint digital content across its websites. Blueprint magazine will discontinue publishing on a stand-alone basis after the January/February 2008 issue.

They better spruce up that Bluelines blog, then, because it has always been the weekest link in the Blueprint brand. The quality of the images posted there is always lacking.

"We are constantly evaluating the best ways to position and grow our brands. Weddings and Blueprint appeal to women at a similar life stage and we believe this strategy will allow us to better leverage the synergistic relationship between the two publications," said Susan Lyne, President and CEO of MSLO. "By publishing Blueprint in a special interest format, we can provide newlyweds with useful ideas and inspiration for their homes; and advertisers with a targeted platform to reach this highly desirable consumer."

Thats a very antiquated notion that women must be getting married or recently married to be interested in decorating their homes. (I purchased my home without a guy in sight!)

"We thank Editor-in-Chief Sarah Humphreys, Design Director Deb Bishop, Publisher Amy Wilkins, and the entire Blueprint team for all the hard work, talent and passion they brought to this start-up," added Lyne. "We look forward to working with Sarah, Deb, Amy and other members of the Blueprint team on the new special interest issues and other company endeavors. We expect Blueprint's new format and the expansion of Weddings will position us well in a dynamic, multimedia marketplace."

At least they are keeping this talented team (hopefully not too many will lose their jobs). I've always admired Deb Bishop's work. (She attended the Alberta College of Art & Design before me.)

Blueprint is the only magazine I subscribe to. I liked it enough to show my support that way, rather than purchasing it on newstands. I hope they refund that two-year subscription I just renewed!


Julie Morstad

Julie Morstad's work is melancholy in a romantic, beautiful and surreal way. In an interview with the Georgia Strait, Morstad describes some of her favourite themes:

Interviewers, meanwhile, have been quick to play up the importance of the disembodied heads that appear in her work. But the decorative noggins aren't meant to imply the violence of decapitation—even though, as a child, Morstad was obsessed with Marie Antoinette. “They're more like faces representing something,” she says. “They're heads without bodies, rather than decapitated heads. They're not intended to be something that's dead.”

Birds and animals also figure prominently in her work, for the simple reason that she likes drawing feathers and fur. “Usually I just think of something I would really want to draw,” says Morstad. “Cascading hair, heads, and faces, eyes, whatever—I'll figure out what it means later, if it means anything.”

Drawn & Quarterly has recently published a collection of her illustrations. "Milk Teeth" will be released tomorrow at Luckys, Vancouver. This coming Saturday, artwork from her book "When you were Small" will be exhibited at Atelier Gallery in Vancouver. (You can take a peek inside Morstad's sketchbook at Julia Rothman's marvelous "Book by Its Cover" blog.)


Take your pick


The all business "present with a future" (ad for the Olivetti Underwood Lettera 32) or the warm-fuzzy typewriter that brings the whole family together.



Tonight is First Thursday!


The cuteness continues! (new stuff has arrived!) Join us this evening for First Thursday celebrations - we'll be open until 9pm. A portion of the proceeds today are going to One Laptop per Child.


Correction Road

Congratulations to Glen! He launched his book last night at McNally Robinson. Thank you to the many friends and family who filled the restaurant. I've posted additional photos on Flickr.

I've created a new section in the store (for my favourite literary fiction writer): click here.

The funniest bookbinding video


Correction Road

Glen's book has arrived!

The book launch is Tuesday evening, 6pm at McNally Robinson. Everyone is welcome.