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Inspirations and musings on building a life (and business) in creativity

Dear Reader,

I’m an optimist. UPPERCASE magazine is a celebration of beauty and creativity and joy. Within its pages, I’m able to construct an idyllic experience of a curated and edited point of view, a place and experience that my readers and I love to escape into.

But we are not immune to the realities of the world. When tragedy strikes afar or hits closer to home, we feel it. In harsh realities, we’re exposed, raw and uncertain.

It's during these hard times that we really need the softness of craft. To be wrapped in the embrace of grandmother’s quilt, to feel protected from the elements in a hand knit sweater, to caress a mug thrown by someone else’s hand on a potter’s wheel. These simple things reconnect us to our humanity and remind us of the goodness and potential of people.

I don’t think it is naive to turn to crafting and making or seeking out beauty. It is vital.

Piecing a quilt isn’t just about sewing fabric, it’s time to process emotions and patch together our feelings. A knitted sweater is an entanglement of love that our child wears when we can’t always be by his side. These things matter deeply. One stitch at a time, we can shape our surroundings.

We can control what we make — and what we do with it. 
 

Did you see the weekend newsletter? It is All About You — content submitted and created by readers! Here's the first edition and the second one. Although I sent the first two weeks to everyone on my list, from now on it will only be sent if you've opted in. To do so, scroll to the bottom of this message and click on "update my newsletter preferences". Thank you!

Look for this new icon below product descriptions in my shop. You can email hints to your friends, family and Santa about what you covet. So if you want a Typewriter book, for example, go to that product page and click the Hint Hint heart from there. 
“I like to think a quilt is a hug you can’t always give personally,” says Australian quilter Siobhan Rogers. “My quilts give the gift of comfort and warmth, and hours of my time have been poured into them.” She likes to make quilts for family and friends for significant life events, whether it is a time when they need comfort, such as during an illness, or a time of celebration, like a marriage. This image is from Siobhan's feature in the UPPERCASE Compendium of Craft & Creativity. Her work in progress also graces the cover of the book.
Siobhan's made more progress on this quilt, read about it here.
NICE WORDS

"What a fabulous idea to make the All About You newsletter. I love to meet makers, read about their philosophy, sneak a peek into their work spaces, and support their endeavours. I just ordered a functional and beautiful soup bowl from Chic and Basta for a dear friend. And I so enjoyed reading all about Susan and admire her creative sewing. She inspires me to stop following the rules and design fearlessly. You brighten my world and provide a community where I feel I belong."

Donna #uppercasereader

2016 CREATIVE CALENDAR


It took quite a few days to design, but the 2016 Creative Calendar is done and will be off to the printer this week. I am happy to say that other than three submissions that didn't quite follow the guidelines, 340 people who submitted are included in the calendar! It is lovely to be able to include everyone who entered and I'm really pleased with the quality of what was sent in.

The calendar is a FREE insert that will be mailed with issue 28 for all current subscribers as of November 30. So that means if you have a subscription that goes up to or past issue #28, then you will receive the calendar automatically. If you're wondering when your subscription ends, check the cover letter that came with issue 27 last month or inquire here. Sorry, the calendar will not be available for sale separately.


 

CALLING CARDS, PEEPS and ADS


There's still room to get your Calling Card or Peep in the winter issue! Your Calling Card goes online asap and the print issue is released January 2016. Of if you've got something big and exciting to share with UPPERCASE readers, I have room for a half page ad as well. Download the media kit here.

DEADLINE FOR ISSUE #28
extended to November 20, 2015

 

DESIGN THINKERS


Frequent UPPERCASE magazine contributor Christopher Rouleau—and my Toronto correspondent!—brought his trusty brush pen to this year's Design Thinkers and did a great job of capturing those shareable sound bites that one gets when listening to speakers at a conference. Visit the blog to see them all. Take a look at Christopher's shop, too, for newly listed holiday fare for lettering lovers and the typographically inclined.
Who and what is UPPERCASE?

UPPERCASE publishes books and magazines for the creative and curious: products that spark the imagination and inspire creativity. The magazine was founded in 2009 by publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool who continues to wear pretty much every hat imaginable. The quarterly print magazine is loved by subscribers around the world. Truly an independent magazine, UPPERCASE is supported by its readers through subscriptions and by a roster of stockists.
Thank you for reading!

Looking for the link to sign up for the weekend All about You newsletter? Keep scrolling (my newsletters are very long, so you might have to click a link to expand the footer below.)
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