We *heart* Uppercase magazine (& not just because we are featured in it!;p)

20 Mar We *heart* Uppercase magazine (& not just because we are featured in it!;p)

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Issue 20 of Uppercase magazine

Issue 20 of Uppercase magazine

 

There is no denying it, I’m a magazine geek & you probably already knew that from if you follow us on Instagram where I often post images of magazine pages I think you might find particularly interesting as fellow craftivists or craptivists. 

Uppercase magazine is a magazine I came across a couple of years ago in a stationary shop and I have devoured every copy I have been able to afford since then, keep on my shelf and often flick through past issues when I have time. I value each issue I have like other people would with books they have loved reading. And I think you would like it too. Why?

Here are 5 reasons (there are so many more but I’ve tried to limit my gushings) for making time in your busy schedule to read this publication:

 

Issue 20 of Uppercase

Issue 20 of Uppercase. Back page story & showcasing the stationary Janine also creates. 

 

  1. Uppercase is a quarterly magazine edited, designed and published by the one-woman powerhouse Janine Vangool out of her studio in Canada. The strapline is “a magazine for the creative and curious” and it’s clear that Janine puts her heart, soul and hard work into each issue. Each issue reminds us of what one woman can achieve that brings beauty into the world and reminds us that this world is and can be beautiful so we should strive to use our creative passions to visualise a better world for all not just for the few. This magazine is a constant reminder that one person can achieve so much with the support and drive they need.

 

Art & Design section. Feature on 'Type'. Issue 20 looks at the Montreal group of calligraphy street artists Garbage Beauty, the work they create, why and the response. Stunning!

Art & Design section. Feature on ‘Type’. Issue 20 looks at the Montreal group of calligraphy street artists Garbage Beauty, the work they create, why and the response. Stunning!

 

2. In this chaotic, fast world we live in, it’s great to have a beautifully designed physical magazine to read. It’s printed on heavy paper (I don’t know the technical terms) with a strong spine so people can me can thumb through it for years to come. It’s crisp, clean lines and minimal design makes it easy to read and means you focus on all of the inspiring and interesting content without distractions. Some might say that the design of the magazine is overly feminine but it’s not twee & I hope lots of men read this magazine as well as women.

 

Regular page in the back of the magazine is interviews with 3 subscribers.

Regular page in the back of the magazine is interviews with 3 subscribers to meet your fellow readers.

 

3. Uppercase features topics that will stimulate our creative side (& everyone is creative!): interviews with artists, case studies on creative companies, business features full of practical advice for freelancers, ‘Places/Spaces’ gives readers the chance to snoop around artist’s studios, history of things such as typewriters, games and in this isssue 20: radios.

 

Indepth interview with the inspiring Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and other books

Indepth interview with the inspiring Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and other books. It’s a great interview!

 

4. No large sponsors or advertisers so your full attention goes to reading the in-depth interviews, articles and stunning images without ever worrying you might be reading an advertorial without knowing. You know that each piece is written with honesty, sincerity and out of love.

 

A series of Manifesto Posters on their trend section

A series of Manifesto Posters on their trend section. I luuuuuuv these posters and want to rip them all out to plaster over my bedroom door!:) We should totally make one for our manifesto at the Craftivist Collective don’t you think? 

 

5. our A Little Book of Craftivism is featured in this issue (20)! I didn’t want our feature being the main reason I blog about this stunning magazine. I’ve wanted to share my love for it with you for ages but as you know, I’m not great at making time to blog or write (especially as an unconfident writer!). But isn’t it great that Janine thought our book fitted into her magazine and her readers would be interested in our book. She has printed my introduction to the book and framed it with our images and her design touches. She has also given us a discount code for our friends and family (that’s you!!!). The code ‘contributor20’ is good for $10 off a subscription or renewal.

 

Look how pretty this double page spread looks to showcase our A Little Book of Craftivism!

Look how pretty this double page spread looks to showcase our A Little Book of Craftivism!

 

So, are you tempted to find a copy to read? What do you think of the look of it? Please do comment below x

5 Comments
  • Sue Osgathorp
    Posted at 22:22h, 21 March Reply

    This looks real good! I do like a good mag; not one that’s just 50 pages of adverts and 10 pages of interesting stuff. Where do I find it? I have loads of magazines on every conceivable type of creative endeavour. I found a great one in my local village supermarket called ‘Cloth Paper Scissors’, which is full of amazing projects and ideas. Never seen it since. I love the Craftivism idea. I really want to try to bring together like-minded people around my part of Essex too.

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 18:25h, 27 March Reply

      Hey Sue :) You can buy Uppercase through there website. I found it in Paperchase. I’ll have to look up “Cloth Paper Scissors’ – sounds fab! Don’t forget that if you want to set up a craftivism event using our kits we will happily promote your event in Essex through our social media outlets to help encourage people to attend if you like :) x

  • wfih
    Posted at 09:16h, 23 March Reply

    2 great loves have come together! Congrats on featuring in Uppercase, a very lovely little treasure.

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 18:23h, 27 March Reply

      Thanks!:) We love Uppercase too x

  • Joy
    Posted at 05:12h, 08 July Reply

    So glad that you enjoyed the article on Garbage Beauty!

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