UPPERCASE readers are a talented and generous bunch. Here are some ways that you can get involved in the magazine and our community.

Theme: Calligraphy

Spoonflower and UPPERCASE are partnering to bring you a special Design Challenge. Together we’re offering designers the chance to create a calligraphy-themed print. Be inspired by the inky elegance of calligraphy! Create a monochromatic pattern using varying shades of black, white or grey. Go graphic with calligraphic messages and flourishes or be illustrative with pens, inkwells and other tools of the craft. The winning designer will be profiled in an upcoming issue of UPPERCASE. Previews will be sized as quarter yards (21" x 18"). Deadline for entry is Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Visit Spoonflower to enter!

Photo from Ebay seller.

Photo from Ebay seller.


Help source the cover!

The theme of the winter issue (out in January) is "the creation and modification of surface". In this issue, there will be profiles of modern weavers and tapestry artists, how graphic design informs quilt design, using scraps/scavenging materials, flea market treasures, the history of vintage feedsacks and their contemporary reuse, plus 'tattooed artists’ profiles with illustrators, crafters, artists who have tattoos. 

I'm excited to share that Andrea D’Aquino will be creating the illustration for the cover. My vision is that each copy will have a swatch of authentic patterned vintage feedsack fabric adhered to the front cover. It will be a random square, applied by hand, enhancing Andrea’s collage artwork and providing both a nod to the content within and also the theme of modification of surface. I love the element of chance in the design as well, since the colour and pattern of the feedsack is an unknown variable. It’ll be gorgeous, exciting, random and unique!

I’ve scored some feedsacks on eBay, but I’d love your help. We will need thousands of squares (roughly 1.25” square) to ensure that each cover has this special feature. In the spirit of old-fashioned quilting bees, let’s make this into an UPPERCASE community project. If you have some feedsacks scraps that you’re willing to spare, please cut them into 1.25” squares and mail them to me by November 30.

I’m also going to save at least one square from each reader-submitted package, which will be incorporated into a quilt!

Send your squares to:
UPPERCASE publishing inc
Suite 201b - 908 17 AVE SW

Scrap quilt by my mom, Bonnie Vangool.

Scrap quilt by my mom, Bonnie Vangool.


Scavenger Hunt

Do you love to turn found objects into art? Do you hoard fabric scraps and then make them into amazing textiles? Do you turn flea market finds into extra special things? Do you save the remnants of other creative projects and then reuse them in new work? Share the process and results of your scrappy and scavenged creativity in the next issue. 

Images should be RGB jpgs at least 6 inches wide at 300dpi. Please title the files with your last name. Click here to submit.



Is there something you've always wanted to know about UPPERCASE? Do you want to take a look at something specific behind the scenes? Do you have a question for Janine about the current issue?

Join Janine's media experiment and send a tweet or Instagram question to @uppercasemag #uppercaseQ and she will answer your question with a quick Instagram video.

Keep track of the Qs and As over here.



Celebrating beauty in the unfinished: craft, art, design, and illustration photographed in progress. You are invited to share your works in progress in this Flickr group.

The images might be used in posts on the UPPERCASE journal about The Work-in-Progress Society (credited and linked to its Flickr member) and will be considered for print publication in the magazine. Should your image be selected for publication, you will be contacted for additional information and higher resolution files if necessary.



We'd love to hear from you. Send us your submissions and suggestions or send a letter to the editor. Sign up for our newsletter and watch this space for more opportunities to interact.

Photo by KLTworks

Photo by KLTworks


For subscribers of UPPERCASE magazine only. I'm redesigning this feature for 2015, so check back again for new ways to be profiled in the magazine.



UPPERCASE magazine is a richly visual magazine featuring great illustration, photography and intelligent writing. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us with sample of your work.


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Is it creative? Is it curious? We'd like to see it! Mail us postcards, letters, artwork, trinkets, photos, found objects... The most interesting things will be featured in the magazine and online. (Sorry, items will not be returned.)


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