happy new year

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Thank you for all the orders that have poured in over the holidays. We're really grateful for your support of UPPERCASE magazine and books. As I prepare the database for the next issue's mailing, here's the video of issue 16 on press once again. I hope it will entice you to subscribe... nothing beats real ink on paper!

NEW YEAR'S DAY SALE (extended by popular demand): For you revellers that missed the flash sale last night: enter the code newyearsday for $13 off orders over $80.

(Code is valid until midnight January 1 MST and cannot be retroactively applied.)

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once upon a Christmas

We visited the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon today and enjoyed the Christmas exhibit of old animatronic displays. Originally designed for the Eaton's company in 1946, I remember  some of these display from my own childhood in the Seventies.

stay toasty in the new year

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Angela Navarra loves toast and toasters so much that she has commemorated that adoration for each month of 2013 with the Tastee Toaster Calendar. I asked Angela what fostered her particular obsession and if she collected toasters...

"I do have a collection of toasters. Unfortunately, I had to sell a few due to space issues. At one point I think I had 12 of them in my studio apartment and I started feeling like a toaster hoarder. There were just too many so I had to figure out a way to utilize them in other ways. I started using them as mail, napkin, kitchen utensil  & flower holders!  I'll never forget that day my parents came over and saw all of these toasters everywhere. They looked at me like I was insane and told me to make more friends and to possibly start dating more. Oh my goodness, I still crack up just thinking about it! 

At the age of 7, toast was the first thing I was allowed to make. After making anyone toast I felt such a sense of accomplishment. "Would you like butter? What about Nutella? Jam? Maybe tomato sauce? I think we might have gummy bears too!"  I loved it because anything tastes great with toast. 

One of the many things that fascinated me about toasters was that they looked so unassuming. It was this metal box sitting on the countertop and it made a plain piece of bread so much tastier (well to me at least). I got such a kick waiting for the bread to pop up! I would wait eagerly and watch it every time."

Let's all "toast" in the new year!

'tis the season...

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...for saying thank you. We are grateful for the gifts of inspiration, motivation, support and enthusiasm that you have given UPPERCASE, thank you! You keep us going!

Best wishes to you and yours this season.

—Janine, Glen, Erin & Eleanor

last minute? no worries

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If you're gifting last minute, you can still order a subscription (or books) and send your recipient this card (above) by email. Enter the proper info in this form and they will receive the graphic above in their inbox. Or download the graphic and print it out to include in a card. Subscriptions starting with #16 start in January, so the year will be off to a creative and curious start.

watch it print!

It is really exciting to see the magazine "come to life" with ink on paper. Here's a video of what I saw during my press check a few days ago.

This video was first shared with subscribers to our e-newsletter, Screen/Print. If you're not on that mailing list, sign up for sneak previews such as this video as well as links to downloadable content from past issues! Sign up here and get the current Screen/Print in your inbox today.

on press!

The cover of #16 (artwork by Debbie Smyth) with subscription and typewriter postcards along the side.

The cover of #16 (artwork by Debbie Smyth) with subscription and typewriter postcards along the side.

The cover on press.

The cover on press.

The interior pages are being printed on a new stock — Rolland Enviro100 Satin — so I am here at Prolific in Winnipeg to press check. So far, everything looks great on this paper. Though it is 100% post consumer recycled and uncoated, its satin finish performs almost like a coated stock. Everything is more vibrant with less dot gain than on the previous stock we used.

The interior pages are being printed on a new stock — Rolland Enviro100 Satin — so I am here at Prolific in Winnipeg to press check. So far, everything looks great on this paper. Though it is 100% post consumer recycled and uncoated, its satin finish performs almost like a coated stock. Everything is more vibrant with less dot gain than on the previous stock we used.

Though I was fond of our previous stock, it didn't have any recycled content. With the switch in paper we're saving resources and achieving better print results. 

Though I was fond of our previous stock, it didn't have any recycled content. With the switch in paper we're saving resources and achieving better print results. 

A large portion of the paper required for our print run.

A large portion of the paper required for our print run.

77,000 press sheets for printing 10,000 magazines.

77,000 press sheets for printing 10,000 magazines.

Live to you from The Prolific Group in Winnipeg, Manitoba! The next issue is on press right now and I am happy to be here in person to see it printed. 

To find out more about our printer, visit Prolific and ask for Chris Young—the best print sales person you'll ever work with.

marquee

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When a batch of over 200 plastic theatre marquee letters came up for auction on eBay, I couldn't not try to win it. Hooray, the letters are mine, and at around $2 apiece, I think this was a pretty good deal. I can spell pretty much anything with the selection, though the letter "i" is in shorter supply and I wish there was more than one "&". I have lots of ideas of what to do with them, but first order of business was to clean off the cobwebs (or whatever insect nests were lurking in the corners). Now when visitors enter the studio, they will know who we are.

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I needed a smaller "FOR" to match my metal "THE", so I had to make those up using wooden letters.

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I like it! This will be staying up for a while I think.

tab-a-lets

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Here's a simple idea executed nicely: Tab-a-Lets are inspired by those metal visitor tags that you get a big museums and galleries. Just fold the tab over a string or ribbon and adorn to your heart's content.

Info graphic of museum tags from Fast Co.

Info graphic of museum tags from Fast Co.

The Obsessive Imagist made a garland out of all the museum tags she's collected. Now I wish I'd have saved the various tags I've seen over the years.

The Obsessive Imagist made a garland out of all the museum tags she's collected. Now I wish I'd have saved the various tags I've seen over the years.

christmas party

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Pizelles by Erin

Pizelles by Erin

Me, before everyone arrived, in a very rare moment of sitting down and doing nothing.

Me, before everyone arrived, in a very rare moment of sitting down and doing nothing.

Thank you to all who attended the UPPERCASE holiday party today! And happy birthday to Eleanor as well. It was nice to see everyone.

get a free book!

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Purchase $50 or more in the shop and select a free Jen11 or Shatner book! (Please note that shipping upgrades may be required to orders to arrive before Christmas, consult the "info" page in the shop for delivery deadlines.)

holiday party & shopping hours

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The creative and curious of all ages are invited to join us for our Holiday Party.

Saturday December 15 at 2pm UPPERCASE, Art Central

If you're able, please bring your favourite holiday treat to share.
We will also be open from 1-4pm for any shopping you'd like to do. 

creative calgary: Esker Foundation

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Last week, Erin and I had the opportunity to meet with the folks at the Esker Foundation. I had heard good things about this new gallery in Calgary's Inglewood community, but hadn't yet had the chance to visit. We were in awe of the fantastic architecture as soon as we entered the building's atrium and not prepared at how spacious and dramatic the fourth-floor Esker Foundation Gallery truly is.

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From their website: "The Esker Foundation is the creation of local philanthropists and art patrons Jim and Susan Hill, and is the largest, privately funded, non-commercial gallery of its kind in Calgary. Esker is positioned as a cultural platform for innovative and exceptional temporary art exhibitions and educational events.

As the cornerstone of a new mixed use building in historic Inglewood, the Atlantic Avenue Art Block, the gallery features 15,000 square feet of environmentally controlled purpose built exhibition space designed by Kasian Architects and Interior Designers and operates within a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver accredited standards master plan created by Abugov Kaspar Architects."

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Our meeting was within the suspended nest which was perhaps the most architecturally interesting place I've ever attended a meeting. Throughout the space there were great views of Calgary and the Inglewood neighbourhood. We also enjoyed the excellent exhibition of Landon Mackenzie's large scale paintings and smaller drawings.

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Make a visit to the Esker top on your list next time you're in Inglewood... they're open every day except Monday and admission is completely free.

finders keepers

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We're not sure who this particular stockist is... if you know, please comment.

We're not sure who this particular stockist is... if you know, please comment.

Mister Edwards sent us this image from the Finders Keepers market held in Sydney last weekend. (We're envious of your shorts and shirt sleeves weather, Australia!) Mister Edwards has some quirky items in his shop, too, if you're still looking for some gifts. Maybe a tea towel of found images and type, silkscreened by the Mr himself? Or perhaps the manliest tea towel of them all?

featured stockist: Room6

Felt ball garland

Felt ball garland

Kim Williamson silver cloud

Kim Williamson silver cloud

Dahlhaus vases

Dahlhaus vases

Stripey straws

Stripey straws

Room6 carries UPPERCASE magazine, too!

Room6 carries UPPERCASE magazine, too!

Room6 is an oh-so-lovely brick and mortar shop in Deep Cove (Vancouver) with an EXCELLENT online shop as well. Megan has been a wonderful supporter of UPPERCASE and we're very grateful for her keen eye. Above it a colour coordinated selection of some of my favourite things in Room6, but I'm sure you'll be able to find your own perfect gifts there as well.

Oh, Orla. If you have a design crush on Orla Kiely, Room6 is your source in Canada! Megan just unpacked Orla Kiely Spring 2013...

Oh, Orla. If you have a design crush on Orla Kiely, Room6 is your source in Canada! Megan just unpacked Orla Kiely Spring 2013...

art basel farewell

Guest post by Rose Zgodzinski

We come to Art Basel to look and absorb as much of the experience and atmosphere as is possible. We’ve never bought anything at any of the fairs, although we have considered a few pieces over the years. The experience is always overwhelming, probably the word that best describes our treks through Art Basel week… but overwhelming in a good way.

If you are a novice and are considering going it might help to do a little research first and then understand that there is no possible way to see it all! So relax, breathe and just start anywhere. 

If you know what you like, try and tailor your experience to the fairs that will interest you. (Granted it is a bit hard to distinguish when almost every fair uses the same descriptions: "cutting edge contemporary works, emerging or mid-career, internationally renowned artists". The NADA (New Art Dealers Association) Fair, thankfully, was described as avant-guard—not to everyone’s taste—and they were right!

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But more than anything, the Art Basel experience provides something for everyone—even man's best friend! On our last day, wandering through the Design district  (in the Buena Vista building) we came across Architecture for Dogs, an exhibit organized through the Design Miami Fair, a celebration of the relationship between humans and their canines. Check out the website that accompanies the exhibit, where you can download free blueprints of the 13 projects on display.

artwork by Vanessa German

artwork by Vanessa German

A highlight for both of us this year were these tar-baby assemblages by Vanessa German—beautifully forged entities, all precariously perched, and encrusted in found objects. They come prepared with everything that they might need, and are strong and frail, old, yet new. Vanessa German, who has also performed as a spoken word artist, is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery, a gallery specializing in collage, assemblage & mixed media.

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These globes by Ingo Gunther gave me serious Infographic envy!

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I'm looking forward to next year’s visit, and everything in between…

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type tuesday: golden letters on Etsy

Olive Yew Jewels

Olive Yew Jewels

Scarlett Jewelry

Scarlett Jewelry

Aziza Jewelry

Aziza Jewelry

Edies Lab

Edies Lab

Edies Lab
Edies Lab

type tuesday: gold peace

Peace poster by Seb Lester

Peace poster by Seb Lester

This particular poster was from 2011 and appears to be sold out, but there's lots more to see at Seb Lester's site.

type tuesday: bodoni gold

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Greek designer Andreas Xenoulis and tind (self-proclaimed "silkscreen printer extraordinaire" indulged in some printmaking glory when producing Andreas' poster homage to Bodoni. Here are the variations they produced:

Gold on Dark Brown Paper 180gsm / series of 11
2 different Gold inks on Dark Brown Paper 180gsm / series of 10
Gold & Real Gold Foil on Dark Brown Paper 180gsm / series of 5
Gold & Alumi Foil on Dark Brown Paper 180gsm / series of 1
Gold on White Perl Paper 240gsm / series of 1
Gold on White Adhesive Sticker / series of 1
Gold on Transparent Adhesive Sticker / series of 1 

See more process photos here. Available here.

long live print

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