Congratulations on turning 5, CollageCollage

CollageCollage, a lovely stockist in Vancouver that fosters children's (and parents') creativity, is celebrating a milestone. Five years in retail is a great accomplishment! Erin Boniferro writes, "I really can't believe it's been FIVE years since we set up shop on what was a lonely little street in East Van. And look at us now! A bustling store on a sweet little street. I'm so thankful for our community of small businesses, local families and artists big and small coming together to make this shop what it is."

Join the celebration this Saturday at CollageCollage from 1-4pm.

You can find out more about CollageCollage in issue #14, an UPPERCASE dedicated to play and children's book illustration.

A Pretty Pop-up Shop in Vancouver

For my Vancouver friends, there's a special pop-up shop opening on August 1:

West End General Store Popup is a business partnership between Oollo Tea and Forest & Waves. The store front is presented by Production Road, a studio + shop in the West End of Vancouver. The concept is to open a hybrid shop of a tea house in a surfing beach shack in the Pacific Northwest.  

Oollo Tea will present farm direct whole leaf teas and cold brewed teas. Partnering with local food entrepreneurs, an Oollo Tea infused dessert collection of ice cream, chocolate, cheesecake and macaroon will also be available!

Outdoor inspired retail products from Forest & Waves: backpacks, surfboard bags, beach bags, books, cards, prints, and apparel.  Also, Forest & Waves will be presenting a collaborated apparel line with Caravan Beach Shop in Tofino, BC.  

Lastly, the shop will also feature the new exclusive Lemonni products. Well-designed items from paper goods to home textiles like tea towels and pillows.

West End General Store Popup will be open from August 1 to September 14, 2014 at Production Road, 990 Nicola Street, Vancouver.

featured stockist: Bird on a Wire, Vancouver

If you're in Vancouver and looking for a wonderful place to inspire your creative side this weekend, please visit Bird on a Wire Creations on 2535 Main Street. More than a store, it is a community and learning space that supports artists and the buy local movement. Says owner Kate Nagel, "We strive to create a supportive environment where new and established artists and artisans can learn from each other and bring their wares to market without investing in nasty overhead. We provide the staff, space and traffic to help create sustainable incomes."

Bird on a Wire Creations is open this weekend: Saturday from 10–6 and from noon to 5 on Sunday. For more details—and to shop from their online selection—please visit their website.

featured stockist: Production Road

Production Road is a beautiful downtown Vancouver shop curated by a graphic designer and a photographer. Annie Chen is a graphic designer originally from Taiwan, and Hubert Kang is a documentary and advertising photographer. Together they opened Production Road, which also acts as a working studio for them both. Visit their online shop in person or online. And for more from this talented duo, take a look at Annie’s designs and Hubert’s photography

get craft

the candid confectioner Photo credit: Julie-Anne Cassidy  

the candid confectioner
Photo credit: Julie-Anne Cassidy


We're a proud supporter of Got Craft?, Vancouver's largest indie craft fair. Started in 2007, Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture. In addition to their offerings from makers in the area, Got Craft? has workshops so visitors can make something to take home. We've sent a selection of our products and back issues out to the event as well.

The event runs December 14th and 15th. Full details here


Vancouver: Porchlight Press holiday markets


Vancouver's Porchlight Press will be debuting their line of greeting cards this weekend at two different fairs. Please read their newsletter for the details of the sale locations. Porchlight proprietor Heather Braun wrote in with some sweet things to say (thanks, Heather!):

"Creating my own line is really a long time coming—I'm super excited about getting them out there, I hope people enjoy them! I want to take this opportunity let you know, a few years back, seeing through UPPERCASE how so many others were pursuing their creative passions, it was actually a big influence on my taking the leap to leave my career and start Porchlight. Like so many others, I adore your magazine, it's like Christmas every time it arrives."

Below is a video highlighting Porchlight's letterpress workshops.

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hand lettering lessons


We're proud to support Vancouver's Got Craft? again this winter. During that event sign painter John Lennig (from BIG TOP Sign Arts) will be hosting a hand lettering workshop. John will discuss brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Participants will also take home a piece they've created. What an inspirational way to spend a weekend morning!

Beginner Hand Lettering Workshop at Got Craft?
Saturday, December 14th OR Sunday, December 15th, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details here

Photo credits: [stu-di-o] by jeanie


featured stockist: Room6

Felt ball garland

Felt ball garland

Kim Williamson silver cloud

Kim Williamson silver cloud

Dahlhaus vases

Dahlhaus vases

Stripey straws

Stripey straws

Room6 carries UPPERCASE magazine, too!

Room6 carries UPPERCASE magazine, too!

Room6 is an oh-so-lovely brick and mortar shop in Deep Cove (Vancouver) with an EXCELLENT online shop as well. Megan has been a wonderful supporter of UPPERCASE and we're very grateful for her keen eye. Above it a colour coordinated selection of some of my favourite things in Room6, but I'm sure you'll be able to find your own perfect gifts there as well.

Oh, Orla. If you have a design crush on Orla Kiely, Room6 is your source in Canada! Megan just unpacked Orla Kiely Spring 2013...

Oh, Orla. If you have a design crush on Orla Kiely, Room6 is your source in Canada! Megan just unpacked Orla Kiely Spring 2013...

object + handmade in Vancouver

Alas, I am an absentee seller, but there's UPPERCASE on a nice table in Vancouver! Thank you to Grace and the crew for taking care of the magazine.

Alas, I am an absentee seller, but there's UPPERCASE on a nice table in Vancouver! Thank you to Grace and the crew for taking care of the magazine.

Object + Handmade continues tonight until 7pm and Sunday from 11am - 7pm.

hey vancouver! object + handmade opens tonight!


Object + Handmade, a lovely popup fair of craft, design, gifts and treats, opens tonight in Vancouver! The event is located in Maai Living, 157 West Hastings. Copies of UPPERCASE magazine are available for purchase; the magazine makes a great gift given in tandem with something artisanal or homemade.

Object + Handmade is open tonight from 5-10pm and Saturday/Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Alas, I am here in Calgary so please send me your Instagrams or Tweets to @uppercasemag if you are there!