Preview of the next show

Mike Kerr has been busy getting the artwork ready for his upcoming show in UPPERCASE. When you set out to create a show based on the alphabet, you automatically have your work cut out for you! Here are some pictures of his work-in-progress and a finished piece below. Click here to view more images from the upcoming show. (We'll be putting all the pieces in the online shop, so that link will be posted following the opening next Thursday.)

Jenny's new Etsy shop

Our Calgary friends likely know Jenny Tzanakos from the shop; she was the friendly face of UPPERCASE on Saturdays. Now that UPPERCASE's focus is shifted towards publishing the magazine and our books (and I head towards maternity leave), Jenny has taken on the roles of subscription manager, online shop-keeper and eclecto-maker. She is also a contributor to UPPERCASE magazine and her photography is featured in the "Snapshot" article from issue 3.

She has just launched her own Etsy shop, and these mixed media works are lovely. Please head on over to Magdalena Junk and welcome Jenny to Etsy!

Always play amongst friends

The fine folk of Enormous Champion have letterpress-printed these limited edition 8x10 prints for Friends of Type. Apparently, they were inspired by my post from a while back, entitled Always play with your friends


More love

Lisa Congdon has a new print at 20x200.


Type Tuesday: Love Letters

Last year we had a show entitled Love Letters, for which I designed these typographic posters. The prints are still available in the online shop in time for Valentine's Day and upcoming engagements and weddings. The black, light grey and small hit of red would make a sophisticated and graphic addition to a bedroom or living room. Each one is printed on demand on velvet fine art paper and embossed in the corner with an UPPERCASE seal. The typewritten designs are scans of words typed on my vintage typewriters. They're shown here with a black frame, just representing the classic Ribba Frame from Ikea — the prints have a white border and are shipped flat in sturdy mailers.

Preview the entire issue!

For those of you who like the surprise of receiving the printed magazine in the mail and discovering it page by page, then look away now! Since we're not available on newsstands, this preview of issue 4—in its entirety—is posted online to entice some new eyes to our independent magazine for the creative and curious. For now, you'll have to imagine the fresh inky aroma and the sensuality of the uncoated paper...

The subscriber mailout begins this week (we'll send an email to existing subscribers to advise of estimated arrival dates within Canada, to the USA and international destinations.) New subscriptions and wholesale orders will be sent out by the end of the week.

Subscribe or purchase a single copy!

Cover illustration by Leigh Wells.

Book Book

This laptop case disguised as a vintage book has caught my eye! What a clever and well-executed idea.


Bleak Midwinter Film Festival

Feeling bleak? The 3rd Annual Inglewood Bleak Midwinter Film Festival is presenting the first of three events this Saturday at 7pm.

"WAR OF THE BUTTONS exudes a wonder and zest seldom seen in even so-called “family films”. The parable-like movie concerns a feud between two factions of young boys and girls in an Irish village, the trophies of war being the buttons the children cut from captured enemies' clothing."

Donations are accepted at the door and proceeds go to local charities and community activities.


Woodpigeon tonight!

Mark Hamilton, founder of the band Woodpigeon, has been generously lending his talents as a writer for many issues now. (thanks, Mark!) Woodpigeon is playing tonight at Broken City in Calgary. Their poster is illustrated by Jeff Kulak, who was part of the first edition of Work/Life in 2008. His full page illustration for Work/Life has always been one of my favourites:

I'm planning a new edition of Work/Life to be released by the end of the year. The details are being worked out and the website prepared, but if you'd like first notice of the call for participants you can sign up here.


I am so happy to have the talented and internationally recognized Berlin-based illustrator Olaf Hajek profiled in Issue #3. Alanna Cavanagh was lucky enough to be in Germany last summer to interview both Olaf and his studio mate, Martin Haake (profiled in the upcoming issue #4).

Gestalten has just released a book about Olaf and are also selling some art prints. Here's an excellent short film created by Gestalten about Olaf and his work, entitled "In Full Bloom":

(the embedded film seems somewhat buggy - click here to see it on Gestalten's site.)

Applied Arts Illustration and Photography awards

There's still time to enter your illustration and photography in the annual competition held by Applied Arts. For all the details and deadlines, click here. Congratulations to Mike Kerr (image above) for his inclusion in last year's annual. Congratulations to other UPPERCASE friends: Renata Liwska, Dushan Milic, Valery Goulet and Zina Saunders who were selected for 2009.

UPPERCASE is pleased to host a show of Mike's new work, opening the first Thursday in February. More details and previews coming soon, but here's a teaser of the show:

Creative Perch

I'm honoured to be part of Creative Perch's "5 Creative Bloggers to Watch" — thanks, Dee!

Proofing proof

Here are a few snapshots from this past weekend: proofing the magazine, which required visits to a couple different coffee shops. So we're a few steps closer to getting issue 4 to all of you! It'll be printed within the next few days. This one took a little longer than I originally planned, with the holidays and all, but I am so happy with its content and design. I'll keep you updated on its progress and when the mailout starts.

Type Tuesday: Beautiful booth

I love the lettering on this photobooth! {via Cartolleria}

Elder Style: Doris Eaton Travis

One of my favourite illustrated books is Lauren Redniss' gorgeous book, Century Girl, about the life of Doris Eaton Travis:

"When Doris Eaton was born on March 14, 1904, the average American could expect to live 47 years. Today, at 102, the 5' 2," blue-eyed Virginia native has already lived more than two of these life spans.

In 1918, Doris kicked up the youngest pair of legs in the bedazzling, feathered chorus line of Florenz Ziegfeld's annual Follies stage spectacular. For her 100th birthday in 2004, Doris was back on the same Broadway stage, in black taffeta skirt and silver heels, leading a conga line of a dozen dancers.

By the time she received her honorary doctorate at age 101, Doris had starred in silent and talking pictures, performed for presidents and princesses, bantered with Babe Ruth, offended Henry Ford, outlived six siblings, wrote a newspaper column, hosted a television show, earned a phi beta kappa degree in history (at 88), raised turkeys, and raced horses."

Here's a picture of Doris at a young 105 years old!

Elder Style: Iris Apfel

On view at the Peabody Essex Museum until early February is a retrospective of icon Iris Apfel:

"Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel presents more than 80 dramatic ensembles from the personal collections of legendary tastemaker and style icon Iris Apfel. Known for her eclectic mixing of haute couture with costume jewelry and exotic baubles, Apfel has inspired bold developments in the fashion industry through her spirited irreverence and pitch-perfect taste. Now in her 88th year, she continues to challenge visual culture with radical juxtapositions of disparate influences. These spectacular and unexpected wardrobe combinations are exhibited with inventive staging and playful displays that underscore Apfel's inexhaustible creative spirit."

{see also Nubby Twiglet}


Elder Style: Mimi Weddell

"The only romantic thing left in life is a hat!" Mimi Weddell


Call for submissions: Elder Style!

For our Spring issue's style feature, we are celebrating the fashion sensibilities of senior style. Inspired by the blog Advanced Style and our own stylish grandparents, hat-wearing great aunts and dapper old uncles, we invite you to submit images and stories of fashionable elders.

There are two categories to which you can submit, images of them stylish back in the day (this beautiful woman pictured above is Kate's grandmother) and contemporary photos (below). You're welcome to submit to both categories! Please include a description (100-150 words) of why you admire their style and any personal anecdotes you'd like to share. You need to have the permission of your subject or family before submitting a photograph for possible publication.

Images should be 4 inches wide at 300dpi and can be uploaded here. Submissions are due February 10!

From The Sartorialist:

From Advanced Style:


...the poster design and illustration of Herbert Leupin (c 1950s).

Weekend Reading

Thank you, illustrator Katie Green, for including The Suitcase Series Camilla Engman in your book stack of current reading!