Issue 8, Winter 2011

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Dear Readers,

The voluptuous perfection of letterpress on fine paper contrasts with the charming misregistration of vintage graphics printed on cheap matchbox labels. Heavy machinery from a century past allows production of delicate designs and contemporary stationery today. Dollhouses become life-size and the accoutrements of modern living are miniaturized. 

In this issue, surprising plays of scale make small things big and big things small. Small is kawaii, small is innovative, small is indie, small is familiar and small is strange. We’re inspired—in a big way—by small things.

Although this issue of the magazine is bigger than ever (sixteen more pages) and with a much larger print run (5000 copies), UPPERCASE is a small, family affair. With the help of my husband Glen Dresser, I gather content, manage contributors, edit submissions, handle subscribers, fulfill shop orders and design pages. Often the size and quality of the magazine belie the very small team that puts it all together!

Thank you to the larger family who makes it all possible: our contributors, subscribers, stockists and advertisers who appreciate all the love and sincere effort that goes into each and every issue.  

And as a bonus to our subscribers, I’m sharing an authentic vintage matchbox label here with you, from a personal stash that I’ve been saving for something special. It’s a token of my sincere appreciation for making UPPERCASE magazine part of your lives. It’s the small things that make the difference.

Transient

 

 

ISSUE 8 IS SOLD OUT

 
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CONTENTS

SNIPPETS

Blog Beautiful
This is naive
by Brian W. Ferry

Book Bundle
Forthcoming books

Beginnings
Poketo by Erin Loechner


FINE PRINT

Library
Frances Atkinson
illustration by Luc Melanson

Small Print
Shorthand by Carolyn Fraser

Noted
Conductors’ notation
by Dan Shepelavy

Collaboration
Bethany Heck
& David Wolske


ART & DESIGN

Studio
Studio on Fire
interview by Rachel Wiles

Design
What makes a
good business card?

Covet
by Andrea Jenkins

Type
My favourite woodtypes
by Bethany Heck

Abecedary
Letterpress printing
by Charlotte Rivers

Letterpress sampler
Over 50 printers

Film
Behind the scenes with
filmmaker Faythe Levine

Curiosity
Mambonsai
by Correy Baldwin
illustration by Jen Hsieh

Creature
photography
by Elizabeth Soule

Musing
The power of small
by Carey Jones
illustration by Jason Blower

Recollection/Collection
A perfect match
by Margaret Van Sicklen
photos by Sven Nebelung

Ephemera
Vintage matchbox labels

Participate
A modern take on
old matchbox labels

Sketchbook
Ed Emberley
by Mignon Khargie

Publishing
Alyssa Nassner
Work/Life 2

CRAFT

Work-in-Progress Society
Irma Gruenholz
by Karen Becker

Portfolio
Irma Gruenholz

Gallery
Caroline Waite

Materials
Typecast: 
Typography in Glass
Kristin McFarlane 
by Glen Dresser


PLACES/SPACES

Home
Modern miniature 
dollhouses
by Anna-Maria Sviatko

Boutique
Prairie Collective
by Victoria Smith

Field Trip
Artist Heather Benning
by Rachelle Soucy


STYLE 

Stitch
Blue Sky Alpacas
by Christine Chitnis

Accessories
The Toque
by Brendan Harrison

Frugal & Fancy
Buttons

Stylist
Selina Lake’s 
Romantic Style
photos by Debi Treloar

Discover
Kawaii
by Lara Rossignol

Kitchen
In praise of small
by Tara O’Brady

Recipe
Winter Spice Doughnuts
by Tara O’Brady


MISC.

Community

Postal Service

Subscriber Profiles

Loves
For the love of print
by Tanya Roberts