B is for Bonfire

Uppercase gallery is excited to announce an open call to artists to participate in our upcoming exhibition, Bonfire. Please click here for a more in depth description of the theme and how to submit your artwork.

The image above is taken from a Fire-poi typography site where you can see more of the alphabet on fire and read about graphic designer Nir Tober's elaborate process of combining typography with fire spinning.

The photograph below was taken by Janine when she attended a Walpurgis night bonfire in Sweden this past spring.

Type Tuesday: Canada Type

In honour of Canada Day tomorrow, there's an extensive article by My Fonts about Canada Type. Although there is plenty of typographic cheese in this library, there are some nice revivals. I've been researching old Vogue, Seventeen and Charm magazines lately, so these classic and stylish faces are appealing to me today.

Type Tuesday: Los Angeles Type Founders

See even more on Flickr! My favourite page is below.

Type Tuesday: Printers' Supply catalogue

See more (and closeups) on flickr.

Type Tuesday: Fine Print (giveaway!)

Here's a preview of one of the spreads in issue 2: Fine Print, featuring the marvelous book The Handy Book of Artistic Printing. I'll draw a winner from all our subscribers. The lucky person will receive a free copy of the book with their subscription. If you're not a subscriber yet, please go right ahead—the draw will be made this Friday from all our of subscribers up until that point.

Summer Fiction

Fine summer fiction in pretty packages.

See the New Yorker  above ("Future Generations
by Dan Clowes)
and the Walrus below (cover by Joost Swarte).


Here's another cute one for someone in Australia.


Currently bidding at over $900 Canadian (!!!), this typewriter will not be finding a home on my desk, just my desktop.


I am smitten with the intimate photographs Elliott Landy took of Bob Dylan in the 1960s. The picture above features Dylan outside his home in Byrdcliffe, N.Y., near Woodstock, 1968. Landy shot with infrared color film, turning the leaves a brilliant fuschia. To see more of these photos, click here.

Pen Club!

Pen Club from UPPERCASE gallery on Vimeo.

An evening with Toronto-based illustrators Aaron Leighton and Steve Wilson who brought some Pen Club fun to Calgary.


Many Faces of Bob

My favourite Bobs in Todd Hayne's colorful biopic I'm Not There (2007) would have to be the Rimbaud-esque romantic poet played by Ben Whishaw and Cate Blanchett's androgynous incarnation of the folk rocker as lanky street urchin (see the two pictured below side by side with cigarettes).



'...Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success

...Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't wanna be a bum
You better chew gum...'

British actor Ben Whishaw riffs on Bob's Homesick Subterranean Blues. Click here to read the song lyrics in full.

Bob on Film

D.A. Pennebaker's Dylan documentary, Don't Look Back (1967) is a timeless piece of music memorabilia and one fine looking film. Enjoy the trailer which includes footage of Bob's original back alley video for Homesick Subterranean Blues.

Martin Scorsese is another filmmaker inspired by Dylan. Check out live concert footage of Dylan in two of Scorsese's music documentaries, The Last Waltz (1978) and No Direction Home (2005).


Dylan's latest

Beautiful Bob continues to inspire with his indefatigable musical genius. I am keen to pick up his latest album, Together Through Life, which boasts a vintage style, love-in-the-backseat cover. To listen to sample tracks from this album, visit Bob's site.

If you are a Dylan fan and haven't read Chronicles: Volume 1 yet, I highly recommend it. An intimate, funny, poetic glimpse into the genesis of a true artist, this first installment of what is promised to be a 3-part autobiography, is a little slice of heaven.

And then there's his excellent, Theme Time Radio program.

No wonder I heart Bob - he just keeps on pouring out the good stuff.

Issue 2: preview!

UPPERCASE magazine: Issue 2 preview from UPPERCASE gallery on Vimeo.

Thanks to Bob Dylan for the inspiration. (Click on the link above to see the larger movie in Vimeo. If you're on a slower connection, unclick the HD option.)

Pen Club Calgary tomorrow!

Aaron Leighton is coming to town! You're welcome to join us this Thursday at 7:30pm at the Kensington Pub for sketching and beer.

Eclecto mania

I've been busy making Eclecto notebooks—I'm happy to tell you that they're being stocked in Paper Source stores in the USA! I'm very thrilled; I love their stores and always try to find one when I am visiting the US. You can also purchase Eclecto notebooks at Greenwich Letterpress (they also stock our magazine and will have issue two available in a few weeks.) You can also purchase a notebook or two directly from me.

Ali Z. sent me a photo of her Eclecto notebook in use:

Thanks, Ali! (I love to see UPPERCASE things in their new homes, so feel free to email pics of the magazine or notebooks in use.)


Type Tuesday: The End photographed by...

One of the curious objects in my collection of things.


Type Tuesday: Genius & Madness

Here are some letters that Deidre cut out for the Library feature in the upcoming issue. I then photographed the letters, converted them into a bitmaps and used them in the page design.

Type Tuesday: motion graphics