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As we continue to celebrate all things patterns here at UPPERCASE, we thought we would show you some patterns submitted for Issue #21's creative challenge. We included ours as well!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
(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.)
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.
All in a Day's Work
Here's the simple setup for our Surface Pattern Design Guide video... I sat behind my laptop where I had my Top Ten Tips on "How to Stand Out in Surface Pattern Design" written out with the examples I had chosen for reference. Using Erin as a "stand-in", I set up the camera and tripod to frame the shot and then Erin sat in the chair in the foreground pointing the microphone at me. (I have to invest in a better mic next time!)
That afternoon, I edited the video using FinalCut Pro and added in the pattern sample files. (At this point, I realized that I had worn the same outfit as our last video! ha! I guess that's my favourite shirt.) I made the full screen graphics in Indesign and saved those as jpegs. For other graphics, I copied them from Indesign into Photoshop and exported them as transparent gifs to place into FinalCut. (Perhaps there's a quicker way, but that's what I figured out without the time to learn any new programs like After Effects.) Other credits and titles were created directly in FinalCut.
I edited and finessed for the rest of the day. The video was nearly done by suppertime and after dinner I put in the credits. The file was prepped for export. And, after an unsuccessful upload overnight (trying to sleep/multitask!), I tried again the following morning. At over 200MB, the file took its sweet time so in the meantime I built the web page for the Surface Pattern Design Guide.
Once the video was online in Vimeo, I placed it on the webpage and made some preview graphics for Erin to use in our emails and social media.
And that's how we made a 5-minute video in less than 24 hours. Thanks for watching and sharing!
Thank you for all your orders and subscriptions this week! It looks like everyone is excited as we are about issue #21 and the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide! I've been receiving lots of exclamation-marked emails from the participants that got into the guide. Susse Linton even sent this little pup in her message:
I am thankful for ALL the submissions—even if I didn't select your particular entry—it was an abundance of great stuff and it was really a tough challenge to whittle it down to just 100. Stay tuned... I'll be posting a video about the guide and some of the things I learned after reviewing over 2,000 pattern designs!
Issue #21 goes to the printer today, but you can still subscribe (and save)!
Explore the world of surface pattern design in our form, function and ornamentation issue. Whether you're a crafter, a hobby photographer on Instagram, a part-time blogger or a parent with a creative child — you play a daily role in decorating your world. Be inspired to consciously shape your surroundings with our 116 pages of gorgeous images and uplifting content.
This spring issue also contains a special UPPERCASE magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide, profiling 100 surface pattern designers with tips and advice from industry experts.
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I'm happy to reveal our next front cover featuring the illustrated ceramic work of Molly Hatch. The working theme of the Spring issue is "form, function and ornamentation", so Molly's work was a natural fit. This issue includes the EPIC Surface Pattern Design Guide... for which I've selected 100 artists from 297 submissions. (I will be notifying those who got into the guide very soon.) And stay tuned over the next while; I'll be revealing the amazing experts who have provided their industry tips to the Guide.
I'm hunkering down in design mode here at the UPPERCASE studio (where I've been all weekend)—I have to get the design of the spring issue to the printer in a week's time! After reviewing the printer proofs, then the magazine will take nearly a month for printing, bindery and mail prep. So look for this issue coming to a mailbox or stockist near you in early April.
I'm pleasantly submerged in patterns these days... here are some Instagrams of my laptop case and various books and inspirations that surround me.
Announcing the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide Call for Submissions
The UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide will feature the best in established and up-and-coming surface pattern designers. By being part of the guide, your work will be exposed to an engaged and active readership of art and design buyers, potential clients, collaborators and consumers. This spring issue of UPPERCASE will be distributed free of charge to media at Surtex, the famed surface pattern licensing show this May in New York City. It will also be made readily available as a free pdf download available online. (Last year's Stationery Guide has had over 84,000 impressions via Issuu.)
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15, 2014
SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE.