type tuesday: letterpress broadsides

Added on by Cara Howlett.
image courtesy of Chandler O'Leary

image courtesy of Chandler O'Leary

A collaboration project by letterpress printer Jessica Spring and designer Chandler O'Leary called Dead Feminists is a quarterly letterpress broadside series that features quotes by women in history tied in with current political, social and environmental issues. 

"Broadsides are arguably the oldest form of mass-communication–a rabble-rousing medium that has helped bring about social change for centuries," says Chandler. "It was gratifying to discover that the words of these women still resonate today, and that we had the opportunity to tell our stories through the language of typography."

Each broadside is illustrated and hand-lettered by Chandler and letterpress printed by Jessica. 

connecting creatives around the world

Added on by Erin.

Talia Tordjman is an artist and professor living in Israel. In 2012, she documented the moments in her life leading up to her 50th birthday on her blog My Countdown. She had included UPPERCASE magazine in one of the moments and so we did a little mention on our blog. Through this post, Alba Bici discovered Talia and an online friendship was formed.

Recently they had the chance to meet in person, with Alba making the trip from Italy to visit Talia in Tel Aviv. "Our common denominator was UPPERCASE. We are both passionate about it," says Alba. 

We're happy that UPPERCASE played a small role in this story of friendship without borders. 


brilliant animated ode to print registration marks

Added on by Janine.

Jen Mussari: Inspired in Brooklyn

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{ via My Life in Vogue video contest }

the halfway point

Added on by Cara Howlett.

It’s halfway through my practicum here at UPPERCASE magazine so I thought I would give an update. 

So far during my practicum I’ve been able to see the ins and outs of UPPERCASE, help out with some blog posts and social media, and see the planning stages for Issue #22. 

It’s been great being able to see behind the scenes at UPPERCASE. I have been struck with how many details need to come together in order for the magazine to be published. From taking care of the sales in the online store, assigning content for new issues, taking photographs of the current issue, updating the website, monitoring social media, and all the while connecting with readers all over the world. Its a busy job running a magazine! 

One of the challenges I’ve experienced while at UPPERCASE has been writing creatively. After two years at college learning how to write news stories and press releases in strict formats, my creative writing skills are a bit rusty. It’s been good for me to experience writing in a different format. 

For the next week and a half I will be writing a few more blog posts, learning more about Janine’s process for planning the summer issue, and helping with whatever tasks I can around the office. 

It's been fun seeing the readers' excitement for the fresh issue on social media, and I'm looking forward to being part of that excitement next week as I finish up my practicum! 

featured stockist: Two Hands Paperie

Added on by Cara Howlett.

One of our stockists, Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado, has just received their order of Issue #21 and will now be selling it in their shop. Two Hands also sells back copies of Issues 17-20 on their online store, and is offering free shipping on orders over $75 to the lower 48 states. 

Janine was hosted by Two Hands last April, where she was given the opportunity to introduce last year's spring issue. You can read more about Janine's visit here. 

photos by Two Hands Paperie

photos by Two Hands Paperie

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Correy Baldwin on Dear Human's Patchworked In Canada

Added on by Cara Howlett.
photos from dearhuman.ca

photos from dearhuman.ca

post by Cara Howlett

Dear Human is a husband and wife ceramic company based in Vancouver, Canada. Correy Baldwin, UPPERCASE's copy editor, interviewed the duo made of Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O'Connell for Issue #21's Dynamic Duo section.

Dear Human displayed their project Patchworked in Canada, a project using tiles shipped from Portugal, at the Toronto Design Offisite Festival in January. After the festival ended, Jasna and Noel applied magnets to the tiles and took them to the streets of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver encouraging passersby to find unanticipated beauty in the urban landscape, inviting a moment of pause and response. 

We asked Correy about his experience of finding a tile in Montreal. 

photos from dearhuman.ca

I found the tiles quite late on a Sunday evening. I was walking home after a night of playing music with friends in their living room on the other end of town—a pretty classic Montreal evening. So when I got home I had a banjo in one hand and a Portuguese tile in the other.

I had already been in touch with Jasna and Noel from Dear Human, so I knew the tiles were around and had been keeping my eye out for them. I’d actually gone out hunting for them specifically a few days earlier, but hadn’t seen any. That night I found them quite accidentally, which seemed more appropriate somehow.


I only took one of the tiles, and left the other one for someone else to find. At first I kept it at my workspace, but in the end I did probably the most ordinary thing possible and stuck it to my fridge. Jasna and Noel had put magnets on the back of the tiles, so the fridge seemed an obvious place to put it. It’s still there. Maybe this summer I’ll place it on the metal railings of my balcony.

I interviewed Dear Human a few days after I found the tile. Noel wanted to know which one I’d found, and he recognized it as soon as I described the pattern on it. If I hadn’t already been in touch with them, I would have called the number on the back for sure.

A few blocks from where I found [my tile] there’s a small Portuguese square with a lot of beautiful Portuguese tiles around it. I knew they would have found it an irresistible spot, and sure enough, I found a number scattered around the square. I pulled a couple of them off and looked at them, then put them back. A couple of old men had been watching me, and as I left one of them went over and look at them, too. So if Dear Human got a phone call from a confused old man, it’s my fault.

The project was inviting us to be more aware of our surroundings, to pay more attention to the smaller details around us, and I think it did a great job. Long after I found a tile I kept looking a lot more closely at everything while walking around, even in other neighbourhoods.

And I wasn’t just looking for tiles. I was just looking.

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security envelope patterns

Added on by Cara Howlett.

post by Cara Howlett

Pattern designer Nadia Hassan is included in our Surface Pattern Design Guide. She recently uploaded a stunning collection of security envelope patterns that she had been collecting for the past few years. Nadia gathered the 102 unique designs and posted them on Flickr in a set called Safe + Sound

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soulful shooting with Alessandra Cave

Added on by Cara Howlett.
photo by Alessandra Cave 

photo by Alessandra Cave 

post by Cara Howlett 

Alessandra Cave is a professional photographer from San Francisco, California whose photographs have been featured in Issues 19 & 20 of UPPERCASE. Her photos radiate life using natural light and soft texturing. 

Alessandra recently released her first book entitled Shooting with Soul. A “how-to” book of sorts, Alessandra guides new (and experienced) photographers through 44 photography exercises encouraging them to learn the skill of photography, as well as learning more about themselves. 

“As you embark on this journey to shoot images with soul, you should dive into this adventure knowing that your camera is not what matters most when it comes to creating images that you and others will love,” writes Alessandra in the book’s introduction. 

“The real magic comes from your heart and how you see the world in your own unique way.”

Shooting with Soul guides its readers through photography exercises like taking photos of family traditions, taking a nature walk and capturing the surroundings, and bringing their camera to work to see their work environment through a curious lens. 

In each exercise, Alessandra includes photos to illustrate the assignment, as well as instructions on how to achieve the best photos possible.

One of my favourite exercises is Exercise 7: What is in your bag?

"From the most obvious to the most unexpected, each thing we carry holds a story, an idea, and a feeling," writes Alessandra. 

I love that Alessandra is really encouraging readers and participants of Shooting with Soul to capture unique traits about themselves. No two people carry around the exact same items in their purse, backpack or wallet. What do those contents say about you and your life? 

Here are the contents of my bag. 

photo by Cara Howlett

photo by Cara Howlett

These are the items that are always with me, whether I am at work or out and about, these possessions always come along for the ride. 

As you make your way through Shooting with Soul, your photography skills will improve as well as, Alessandra says, “find a window into your soul.” Her exercises encourage you to slow down, take a look around, and capture what means the most to you. 

photo by Alessandra Cave

photo by Alessandra Cave

my creative manifesto: Debbie Kendall

Added on by Cara Howlett.

My Creative Manifesto: B*S*T*

Name: Debbie Kendall

City: London

Country: England

Website: http://www.theenlightenedhound.com

my creative manifesto: Andrea Lewicki

Added on by Cara Howlett.

My Creative Manifesto: Art and Love Manifesto

Name: Andrea Lewicki

City: Seattle

Country: USA

Website: http://andrealewicki.com

surface pattern guide participant Jim Mezei

Added on by Cara Howlett.

post by Cara Howlett

Jim Mezei is an illustrator and designer from Stratford, Canada who often works with relief mediums like linoleum and hand-burnished items to create an imperfect look on his patterns. As one of the few men whose designs were submitted for the Surface Pattern Design Guide, we were curious to find out if this was a reflection of the design industry, or of UPPERCASE's primarily female readership. From Jim's perspective, the ratio is fairly even. Part of what he enjoys about the illustration and design industry is that there is a good representation of both men and women creating a diversity of influence and perspective.

What was your plan for your designs once you graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design? 

My plan was to continue learning, focus on graphic design (I graduated from the illustration program) and keep making things with my hands. My first real client was Stratford Summer Music, a music festival in my hometown. I designed their poster. I did anything and everything to get noticed, from sending out promos to hand-delivering loot bags on a road trip to NYC to park installations. 

What has been your favourite client or project that you have worked on so far?

This is tough. A recent favourite was with a team (Kellen Hatanaka, Adrian Forrow, and Tyler John) for "If Walls Could Talk" at the Gladstone in Toronto. We built a car crash, with movement and sound elements, out of found materials.  

What are your hopes for the future? Where would you like to see your career ten years down the line?

I hope to have a steady stream of projects in many disciplines, a studio on Lake Huron, and a puppy. 

To see more of Jim's projects, visit his website. 

Typewriter Notes

Added on by Janine.

Typewriter Notes is a box set of 20 different cards capturing the timeless appeal of the typewriter. Published by Chronicle Books, I curated and designed the set. It features photographs by UPPERCASE readers. The cover photo is by Jane Bernstein.

In addition to a few of my own photos, there are photographs by Brianne Walk, Andrea Corrona Jenkins, Cari Wayman, Celina Wyss, Cori Kindred, Denise Regan, Jane Bernstein, Joanna Brown, Sarah Book, Shelley Davies, Svenja Schulte-Dahmen, Tracey Ayton and Vanessa Pham.

Thank you to Caitlin and Kristen at Chronicle Books for being so lovely to work with!

Sets can be purchased in our online shop along with Shoegazing Notecards, a previous collaboration with Chronicle. Thanks!

new spring collection from Polkka Jam

Added on by Cara Howlett.


post by Cara Howlett

Polkka Jam is a designer duo from Finland made up of Kristiina Haapalainen and Sami Vähä-Aho. Their spirited design collection called Huvila (Villa) is now being sold in Sokos and Prisma department stores in Finland. 

Polkka Jam started out as just the two of you, Kristiina and Sami. How did you get your brand noticed? 

We have received attention little by little. Maybe our products have something special that catch people's eye because customers have found us without us doing much marketing. Some of our collections do get more attention than others. Doing collaborations with other companies is also a good way to spread the word.

We started by printing t-shirts, gig posters and cards in our home over 10 years ago. We wanted to do everything by ourselves and it was strictly DIY. Since then we have been working and doing many kinds of things in the field of design. We have designed clothing, patterns, album covers, illustrations for magazines, books, etc. Polkka Jam also had a brick-and-mortar shop for three years in city of Turku, Finland.

Over the years your brand has become more well known. What has it been like having your designs sold at large retail companies like Sokos and Prisma?

These are big steps for us. We started as a little "handmade at home" brand. It was good that way for a while, but nowadays we are very happy to do collaborations with other companies. It is nice to see our designs in big department stores as well as in smaller boutiques. One of our goals was that our brand could be available everywhere and for everyone.

What have been some of your favourite designs to work on so far? 

The latest collection, Huvila, and its designs are always our most favorite ones! But maybe some of the "all-time" favourites are the illustrations of Puutarhajuhlat (Garden party) and Talviuniset (Winter sleepy) collections.

We have collaborated with Lapuan Kankurit company on some patterns. Their products are made using the traditional jacquard weaving technique. It was very interesting to figure out how our designs would look like with a technique that was new for us. Another really nice project was designing the paper collection for the Japanese department store Plaza. It was great since we love all kinds of stationary products.

What made you decide to contact UPPERCASE? Are you a reader or subscriber to the magazine?

We found UPPERCASE online and fell in love with your magazine. We bought the magazine when traveling abroad and have followed UPPERCASE since then.

What do you see as the future of Polkka Jam? Where do you see your brand in ten year's time?

We would be happy to continue working like we have been so far, and growing our business little by little working from Kimito Island where we live. Besides working on our own collections, it would be really nice to start some new interesting co-operations with other companies. Projects that are not only about the physical products but also about offering the know-how and talent that we have. Also doing bigger stuff like installations and murals would be great!


a contest collaboration with They Draw & Travel

Added on by Cara Howlett.

Salli and Nate at They Draw & Travel and UPPERCASE are excited to announce a new contest at They Draw & Travel.

For the next month, we are inviting you to draw a map of the creative and curious places and sights in the vicinity of where you live or where you grew up for a chance to be featured in UPPERCASE magazine.

We want to know about the quirky or unusual things in your world! 

The winner of the It’s a creative & curious world contest will be interviewed for a profile in a future issue of UPPERCASE, receive a 1-year subscription and a copy of Work/Life 3

For more info on how you could be in a future issue of UPPERCASE and to see submissions already entered, click here

by Nicole Mannino

by Nicole Mannino

wonderfully animated: the stories of George Nelson's secretary, Hilda Longinotti

Added on by Janine.

{ via Co.Design }

behind the scenes of making a ballet costume

Added on by Janine.

patterns on pinterest

Added on by Janine.

Follow our Patterns, Please board on pinterest for more.

She's a beauty.

Added on by Janine.

When a new issue is released, the first thing I do with having the physical object is to photograph some "glamour shots". #21 is looking mighty fine in her closeups!

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(Hurry: if you want your subscription to start with January's issue #20, that option is available in the shop until Monday. You'll get both #20 and #21 at the same time. 232 pages of great content delivered to your doorstep.)

shine bright

Added on by Cara Howlett.

post by Cara Howlett

Jan Avellana is a mixed-media and digital artist from Honolulu, Hawaii. Her beautiful pattern was chosen for the cover of the Surface Pattern Design Guide, as well as two other designs being showcased in the guide. 

Jan has a Kickstarter project called “Shine Bright,” in which she hopes to raise $7,500 for a year-long project that will enable her to build a substantial body of new work. 

“Shine Bright” will be a collection of mixed media collages, digital illustrations and paper mache dolls inspired by Jan’s dream to light up the darkness with her artwork. 

For more info on Jan’s Kickstarter project which ends on April 4, click here.