Royal Bison


There's a great event in Edmonton this weekend: The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair. I wish I could go! If you're going, take pictures for me. Presents are ok, too.


Tim Okamura at AXIS


UPPERCASE neighbour, AXIS Contemporary Art, is presenting the work of ACAD alum Tim Okamura. The opening reception is this evening from 5pm - 8pm. (We'll be open until 6.)

Typographers make type taste good

Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business


This book covers absolutely everything you need to know if you've ever toyed with the idea of turning a profit with your creative pursuits. Craft Inc. guides you step-by-step through the very basics of tapping into your creative interests, coming up with a name for yourself, pricing your wares, sourcing the materials you'll need, eventually leading you to the point where you could be booming with business and getting up for work every day to do something you genuinely enjoy.

Also, interviews with artists-made-business owners like Lotta Jansdotter, Jill Bliss and Jonathan Adler  provide practical insight and inspiration.

I couldn't put this book down because like most creative individuals, the idea of making money from what I do for fun seems like a total dream, and after reading Craft Inc. I have a pretty good idea of how to get started.

Written by designer/illustrator/business owner Meg Mateo Ilasco. 

Shop update


More supercute items are available in the store and online.

Another kind of tree


IJM StudioSwissMiss



Here are some photos of deteriorating handpainted signs by Calgary poet Derek Beaulieu, taken off the main street of Black Diamond, Alberta. UPPERCASE will be hosting a show of Derek's Letraset poems in the coming spring!

Derek and my husband, Glen Dresser, will be reading from their newly published books on December 8 at "The Calgary Extravanganza" celebrating twelve local authors who have recently launched books. The event is at Lunchbox Theatre from 7pm to 10pm (2nd Level, Bow Valley Square, 205-5th Ave SW). More info about this event can be found by clicking here.

Correction Road book launch

Mark your calendars for Glen's book launch: December 4th at McNally Robinson. You can join his facebook group here.

Cute as a Button

One laptop per child



Give One Get One

Between November 12 and November 26, for a donation of $399, one laptop will be sent to a child in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti or Rwanda and one will be sent to a child in your life in recognition of the contribution. (It would be nice to give one of these laptops to a local child in need.)

UPPERCASE initiative


Our Type Block project is going well. We've got 28 participants from all over contributing to the Flickr pool. This submission, above, is by Alan Campbell (Kentigern) from Glasgow, Scotland. He has some amazing photo sets worth checking out. You can join the group here. (You can sign up for a free Flickr account if you don't already have one.)


Time to think ahead: 2008


Russell & Hazel have come out with a new set of monthly tabs for their mini binders. You have the year-at-a-glance for both 2008 and 2009, as well as a monthly date list, the month-at-a-glance (diagram above) and a page for general notes. It's really a great addition to their line. The tab set is $18 and mini binders are $16, but you can purchase a set for $30. Just make your binder colour selection on the Monthly Tab drop-down menu.


If you prefer a daytimer that is a little more creative, then mmmg's Draw Your Tomorrow is a good choice. There is plenty of room for daily notes, some sketches and doodles.

And if you want something REALLY creative, there's the Sukie Agenda (below). Click here to see the amazing diversity in page options and designs. We're almost out of stock on the Sukie Agenda.


As a nod to our American friends, enter the coupon code "thankyou" to get 10% off your online purchase. Offer valid until November 25. 


Here are some places I'd like to visit: mmmg (millimetre milligram) stores, cafes and workspaces in Korea. These images are from the press section of their website. But you don't have to travel to Korea just yet — mmmg products are available in the store! Especially useful are their dayplanners with the whimical yet practical "Draw your tomorrow", the pocket-size metallic "Past Present Future" or journal-size "Past Present Future" in silver. These dayplanners are not year-specific, so you can start them any time that you like. Katie has done some clever and complementary customization by filling in the 2008 dates with inexpensive rubber stamps.


we heart Sukie


Shop update: Sukie bookbags have been added, along with detail shots of the "Turn a new Leaf" journal.



Typewriter Club Meet tomorrow!


Our little typewriter club is getting together Saturday at 2pm in the Palette Coffeeshop (same floor as UPPERCASE). Everyone is welcome. If you have a machine to show off or donate to the group, please do stop by.

The images above are from an amazing collection of typewriters being auctioned off here

I sold my Olympia yesterday to a lovely girl from the UK who is lugging it home as carry-on luggage! I know it has found a loving and attentive new owner. I enjoyed cleaning up this machine and giving it a new life. Next project: a green Royal Quiet Writer Deluxe!


UPPERCASE Holiday Papergoods


My UPPERCASE line of Christmas wrap, cards and tags are now available in the store and online!

Initial Book Bags


Our UPPERCASE initial book bags have been quite popular. They're fun to make with iron-on transfer paper that can be run through an inkjet. You can select your made-to-order initials via the online shop or by emailing us. These would make a nice eco-friendly way of wrapping presents! If you need your bag shipped to the USA, please order before November 26 to ensure delivery before Christmas.

Thanks to Julie and Kathryn over at Perfectbound for placing an order and mentioning the bags in their new (very pretty) blog

Two Doug Frasers: Last chance!


There are just two Doug Fraser drawings left. I'm offering FREE SHIPPING if they are purchased today. Otherwise, I will be sending them back to Doug on Friday.

Jesus & Poote 1, alkyds on paper, matted and framed has just been spoken for. Thank you!
Merc, alkyds on paper, matted and framed, $400

Please call 403-283-5318 or email info (at) if you are interested. We are open until 9pm tonight for Art Central's big shopping night. 


Laura Normandin


I've admired Laura Normandin's work for quite some time. I love the ordered, scientific references in her artwork. Laura is a craft editor at Martha Stewart Living and also makes handmade objects for her online store, Wren Handmade.

Grace had a peak into Laura's home over on Design*Sponge this past summer. You can view more of her work here.


Typolade and Typographic Feets


Via Swiss Miss: Chocolate type.

Also found on Swiss Miss, this fun project linking serifs and feet! Too funny!


Work / Life project update

Work / Life, the UPPERCASE directory of Canadian Illustration & Photography talent, is underway! Yesterday, I sent out invitation emails to artists that I admire. So if you received an email from us, this means that you can bypass the adjudication process and we'd be honoured to include you in the project. If you are coming to us via the Drawn ad, please fill in the participation form with a link to your work and we'll get back to you soon.

Some really talented people have responded in the past few days, so it's off to a great start. Once artists are confirmed, I will start to post a list of participants.

I'd like to thank Mike Kerr and Renata Liwska for allowing me to use their illustrations on the Work/Life ads. Renata and Mike are extremely talented and prolific and great supporters of UPPERCASE.