Button & Mirror-making this Sunday

'Tis the season for making gifts! We will be hosting drop-in button and mirror-making on Sunday afternoons from noon-4pm. Buttons are $1, 3-inch buttons are $2.50 and mirrors are $7. These are perfect stocking-stuffers! You can bring your own papers or drawings, and we have supplies here as well. (Ages 10 and up, or younger children with their parents.) If you would like to organize a special workshop for a group of 4-6 people, please email us.


A Capital Idea

We had a handsome order for our UPPERCASE initial book bags this week. A design company will be giving these out as gifts to their employees and clients. In case you missed it, here's a post that shows the other items that can be customised for gifts. (The letters appear in reverse in this photograph because they are transfers that we iron on to canvas bags.)

Old School in ReadyMade!

It's small, but it's there along side books from the big guys: Princeton Architectural Press, Chronicle, Viking, Collins, Phaidon, and PowerHouse. Thank you, ReadyMade! {Old School is available here.}

Marilyn Monroe visits Art Central

My Art Central neighbour, Axis Contemporary Art, is hosting an excellent exhibition of Douglas Kirkland's photoshoot of the iconic Marilyn Monroe. I had the pleasure of designing the gallery's advertising for the show – it is not often that I get to use such glamourous photography! The poster is on view in the Art Central window and the display window across from the Glenbow Museum.

"Beverly Hills, California on a November evening in 1961 a young photographer from Look Magazine waited for the subject of his assignment to arrive in a small garden apartment. His subject, the most famous movie star of the day, the goddess, Marilyn Monroe. 47 years later the photographs taken by Douglas Kirkland that evening are among the most intimate and engaging portraits of one of the worlds most photographed women. AXIS Contemporary Art is happy to be the first Canadian gallery to host this extraordinary exhibition.
Born in Fort Erie, Ontario, Douglas Kirkland’s career as an award-wining photographer spans five decades and six continents. His subjects have ranged from glamorous stars like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand, rock stars such as Mick Jagger and Sting, to fashion icons Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin. Through working at Look magazine in the 1960s and Life magazine in the 1970s he began his career photographing the most famous actors and actresses on and off set.

Douglas Kirkland was an apprentice to Irving Penn and started his career at Look and Life magazine in the 1960s and 1970s during the golden age of photojournalism. He has worked on the set of over 100 motion pictures including 2001: Space Odyssey, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Moulin Rouge!, Out of Africa, Titanic and Australia and his iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Angelina Jolie and John Travolta (in the dance sequence from Saturday Night Fever), among others, are known all over the world."


Royal Bison in Edmonton

The Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair is happening in Edmonton this weekend. For details, go here.


Something's Great

Something's Hiding in Here... they are THE BEST at everything they do. (See their wonderful apartment on Readymade Magazine's website.) Have you seen what's in the latest issue of Readymade? Something "old" and "school"-related, hint hint...

Thanks, America.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. And thank you for blogging about UPPERCASE, buying our things and generally spreading UPPERCASE love across North America! { thanksgiving online special: enter the code thanks2008 and receive 10% off orders over $25. Valid until next Tuesday. }

Make it a Custom Christmas

Until December 13, we will be accepting orders for personalized Christmas gifts such as these Custom Name Pocket Mirrors (above), "It's your bag" customized tote bag, and our UPPERCASE initial bags. (Give your gift in a reuseable tote bag instead of wrapping paper.)

You can also select from our initial pocket mirrors as well.

Please order soon to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. Consult the shop homepage for shipping deadlines to your location.

Type Tuesday: haberdashery

Haberdashery. A great word for many great things. These images are from the I love Haberdashery pool on Flickr. { 1234. } {Visit Jane Brocket's Yarnstorm blog for some great images. I am currently reading her book, The Gentle Art of Domesticity. I highly recommended it for its beautiful images and inspiring text.}

Vintage spools: { 1. 2. 3. 4. }

Type Tuesday: embroidery floss

This was a lot of vintage embroidery thread up for grabs on ebay a while ago. I saved the images and digitally enhanced the colours and contrast. I sure wish I had bid on them — the labels are wonderful.

Type Tuesday: Needlework

These wonderful images found at Beeton's Book of Needlework and The Encyclopedia of Needlework. (DMC logos, above. Lettering patterns, below.)

Type Tuesday: Wall Wear

Janick's Neawear cross-stitched "Wall Wear" monograms would make a nice gift for someone on your list.

Type Tuesday: fibre letters

Letter installation by Shunichiro Nakashima.

Type Tuesday: Lead Graffiti

I came across this print shop and studio, called Lead Graffiti, in my weekly Type Tuesday internet searches. They have an amazing facility, offer letterpress workshops and have a great collection of type. Their blog is worth spending some quality time with.

Type Tuesday: typographic home accessories

Following last week's Type Tuesday posts about the Snellen eye chart, I heard from Madison designer Heather Lins who introduced me to her line of typographic-inspired home accessories. She has two eye chart pillows as well as table linens and drink coasters. Click here for a list of locations that carry her textiles.

The Mountain Label

Christopher Bettig has created work for Urban Outfitters, Poketo, Converse and others. {via Black Eiffel}

One of the many things...

... that I did this week. A special thank you to The Production Kitchen in Toronto for their large order of Eclecto Pads and Eclecto Type Treasures. (If you want some to give or get this Christmas, please order soon before I run out of supplies.)

There are also fresh batches of Peas & Carrots and Read & Write Eclectonotes available. Thank you to Frank & Margaret (Wichita), Room 6 (Vancouver), Cog & Pearl (Brooklyn) and Greer (Chicago) for your wholesale orders. Please visit these fine stores.

Shopping Night Event!

You are invited to a lovely evening at Art Central! Actually, you can visit UPPERCASE anytime and it is guaranteed to be lovely. If you subscribe to our newsletters, you will have already received a coupon for 10% off today in the physical store. If you would like to receive email updates from UPPERCASE (including the occasional raffle, coupon and other specials) just go to "Sign me up" on the top bar of the website.

I designed the postcard for the event using artwork from the Petite Pattern Series book Kids & Toys. It was easy to change the colours from playful to wintry using illustrator. If you're making greeting cards this season, then Autumn & Winter has some pretty designs.


Introducing: Mirrors by UPPERCASE


These 3-inch pocket mirrors are hand-pressed in UPPERCASE. We have a selection of mirrors made from vintage maps from around the world and mirrors with lovely initials. More designs will be introduced over the next while. At just $7 for the mirror and its black velvet pouch, these are perfect stocking stuffers. You can purchase them in our online shop and in person. (Wholesale inquiries are welcome, too.)

If you'd like to make your own buttons and mirrors, drop in for a Sunday workshop!

Pictures from LIFE

When I was image searching for yesterday's Type Tuesday posts (Danny Kaye as the letter E), I stumbled into a new Google feature: the Life magazine photo archive.

"Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. We're digitizing them so that everyone can easily experience these fascinating moments in time. Today about 20 percent of the collection is online; during the next few months, we will be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos."

I couldn't find anything about using the images online or purchasing the images for print publication, other than a link to purchase merchandise in the form of framed prints. (Images are copyright to Time Inc.)