Fiona Watson

I've admired Fiona Watson (aka Wild Goose Chase)'s photos in Flickr for a while, so it was nice to be able to profile her in the current issue. Like Gwen, mentioned in the previous post, Fiona has a connection to science, having studied biology and spent time editing medical journals. You can see the influence of scientific journaling and documentation in her beautiful photographic sketches. Thanks to Jenny Tzanakos who wrote the article. (These photos are Fiona's. I love to see other people's photos of the magazine!)

Bugheart

The "Blog Beautiful" feature is something that started with the first issue of the magazine in which I profiled Perfectbound (we miss your blog!) The tradition has been that the person of the profiled blog selects the next blog beautiful, in reference to the "link love" that makes the blogosphere such an interesting and connected place. In our current issue #5, Lisa Solomon profiles Gwen Shlichta of Bugheart.

Here's a shot (below) that Gwen took of her article, along with some of my favourites from her Etsy shop Jenny Penny Vintage. Gwen's an entomologist as well as being a photographer and all-round creative person. You can see her love of the scientific in the objects available in her vintage shop.


Thanks Lisa for writing the article about Bugheart, and thank you Gwen for selecting your favourite blog to appear in the next issue.

Featured Stockist: Orange Beautiful


Emily, Laura & Kat's Orange Beautiful Studio + Shop has been open for a short while but is off to a great start. It looks like an inviting and creative place (see more pics on their blog). I'm very happy to have UPPERCASE magazine and our books presented in such a lovely space in Chicago. (They've sold out of Camilla's Suitcase Series and the Jen11 books at the moment, but they should be restocked soon.)

Type Tuesday: Typographic heroine

The complex of all of these

Finley!


One of the many great things about blogging are the virtual friends that you make along the way. Thank you for your kind emails and inquiries about how me and baby Finley are doing. Finley is a wonderful baby, full of smiles. And oh so very cute! How spoiled am I to get to spend my time with this cuteness?

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That's it for me this week, but I'll be back on the blog after the long weekend with previews of issue #6 of UPPERCASE magazine. (If you didn't see in twitter and don't get our emails, there's a discount code for the online shop valid until May 25: enter the code "summertime" to get 10% off orders or subscriptions over $72.) Have an excellent long weekend!

National Magazine Awards


UPPERCASE is up for a National Magazine Award (Canada) for best Art Direction of an Entire Issue (our launch issue, #1)

(Poster illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler)

A gallery experiment:

Calling LOCAL CALGARY artists, illustrators, photographers, craftspeople, writers! For the coming First Thursday, UPPERCASE is trying out a bit of an experiment:
 
A creatively uncurated exhibition of works by friends of UPPERCASE and one communual canvas collaboration!
 
Taking our cue from the popularity of social media and crowd sourcing, let's give this a try in a gallery setting: bring your work to UPPERCASE on Thursday, June 3 between 4-6pm for display. It can be a painting, drawing, sewn item, photograph, sculpture or you may even read from your latest poem or work in progress. The only stipulations being that the work should be ready to hang and be family-friendly. (If you'd like to sell your work, the split is 60% to the artist. Please price accordingly. Work doesn't have to be for sale.)
 
We will also have a canvas for those who want to have some hands-on fun and play with our collection of letraset, rubber stamps, and other inspiring goodies.
 

June 3, First Thursday
One night only from 4-9pm
refreshments will be served!
 
I look forward to seeing your work! Drop me a line if you plan on participating or just show up on First Thursday!

Call for submissions: deadline extended

Draw your workspace

For the subscriber profiles in the upcoming issue, we'd love to see where you are creative — and how creative you are! Please draw, collage or otherwise illustrate your studio or workspace. Submit it along with a brief 150 word bio about yourself — include your full name, location and website url. 

Files should be at least 5" wide at 300dpi and labelled with your last name. Please upload them here. Submit the bio as a text file via the dropbox or send it as an email to janine [at] uppercasemagazine [dot] com.

Submissions are due by Monday, May 24.

Space is limited, so we'll publish the best ones in print. We'll put together an online gallery to show all the submissions, though.

National Stationery Show: Carta Inc.

Carta, inc. by Angela Liguori originally from Rome, Italy, is a graphic design studio specializing in custom made stationery, invitations, hand-bound and limited edition books. The cotton ribbon line is directly imported from Italy and Carta, Inc. is the exclusive importer of this product in the USA. The paper designs and ribbons are internationally distributed to stationery shops and home boutiques. (Flip through their wholesale catalogue.) Carta is sharing a booth with Albertine Press.

National Stationery Show: May Day Studio

May Day Studio's designs are inspired by (and created from) vintage wood type and printing plates, and soft cotton paper. Owner Kelly McMahon is also introducing a new line of photo albums—the cover papers are linoleum-block printed from her original designs, and hand-bound one at a time. She is exhibiting at the show with a group of other printers under the name of The Ladies of Letterpress.

National Stationery Show: Enormous Champion


High fives, hugs and handshakes? You'll definitely want to meet Jordan and Jason of enormouschampion. I still recall their booth and happy smiles from two years ago when Glen and I met this fine dynamic duo! (profiled in our first issue of UPPERCASE magazine.)

Orange Beautiful Studio + Shop


Congratulations to our friends at Orange Beautiful on the grand opening of their new studio shop! {and thank you for stocking UPPERCASE magazine and books in Chicago!}

Renegade Craft Fair this weekend!

This weekend is the Renegade Craft Fair's first event in Austin, Texas. I've heard nothing but good things about this series of fairs across the US and I'm especially looking forward to the San Francisco fair in late July: UPPERCASE will have a booth!

For those attending the Austin event (free entry!), make sure to enter the raffle for a library of UPPERCASE goodies. There are also a limited number of magazines to be given away! Check out the amazing list of participants; you'll see some friends of UPPERCASE listed.

Click here to read about the development of Renegade Craft Fairs on Etsy's blog.

In

Jane Mount at The Curiosity Shoppe


This Friday is the opening of "Ideal Bookshelves" at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco. It features paintings, prints, and postcards by Jane Mount. (what a diverse and creative portfolio!)

"Many of the pieces in the show represent Ideal Bookshelves submitted by friends, both from San Francisco and around the country. It's an amazing and beautiful collection, and it's been endlessly fascinating to check out all the great books people are into these days."

Slanted

The German magazine Slanted's spring issue is out and features blackletter type. It looks quite comprehensive in its scope. It is a very different aesthetic to anything I design or curate for UPPERCASE, but it is always good to explore/admire other styles!

In “Heavy Metal. Lovers.” we look into blackletter fonts and their modern applications. Slanted presents the innovative work of Invisible Creature (Seattle), historic type-treasures from the archives of Linotype (Bad Homburg) and Klingspor Museum (Offenbach), the photo documentation “True Norwegian Black Metal” from Peter Beste (New York) etc. ...

Call for Submissions: Draw your workspace

Call for submissions: Draw your workspace

For the subscriber profiles in the upcoming issue, we'd love to see where you are creative — and how creative you are! Please draw, collage or otherwise illustrate your studio or workspace. Submit it along with a brief 150 word bio about yourself — include your full name, location and website url. Please note that we will give publication preference to subscribers first since space is limited.

Files should be at least 5" wide at 300dpi and labelled with your last name. Please upload them here. Submit the bio as a text file via the dropbox or send it as an email to janine [at] uppercasemagazine [dot] com.

Submissions are due by May 17.

Fresh talent: Vinciane de Pape

Vinciane de Pape also had a fun project: a profile of local specialty hotdog diner Tubby Dog. The folks at Tubby Dog were so impressed with her book that they have printed copies available for sale. Make sure you have a LARGE appetite before heading down to Tubby Dog!

In

Fresh talent: Lionel Cipriano


A memorable project of the ACAD class was this style bible by Lionel Cipriano. "The Scripture of Street Style" is a monograph on the photography of The Sartorialist, but it goes beyond just a display of the photos. Lionel analysed the images and categorized them into specific style sections. Illustrations by Phil Chen were diagrammed with the specific clothes and accessories recommended to achieve each look. The book was exquisitely bound, with a red ribbon marker, gilded page edging and foil-stamped typography on the cover taking this project to the next level.

In

Fresh talent: Zhen Huang


Zhen was another of my students. His book presents the beauty and complexity of Chinese characters to a Western audience. He really immersed himself in the research and nuances of page design.

"Chinese characters and language is the origin of many asian character and language systems. They are amazingly beautiful and carry large amount of history, culture, and art within. The book Zi introduces the basics of one of the greatest human invention - Chinese characters. The book contains its hisotry, styles, and formationm it also contains some famous Chinese poems which allows the readers to truly appreciate the beauty of each Chinese character. I applied my knowledge of graphic design from both eastern and western culture to create this book and to introduce Chinese culture to western audience."