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Update: UPPERCASE has a discount code for $15 off a subscription, valid until 12/31! Find the code on Twitter: @uppercasemag.

When I first saw UPPERCASE magazine I thought it was beautiful, then my very next thought was that I had to tell you all about it! My aunt has shared the best things with me over the years, from my favorite Greek Rice Salad recipe to wonderful German art supplies for my kids. She was in town this summer and left behind four issues of UPPERCASE magazine… An entire year’s worth of gorgeous, creative inspiration.

Have you seen UPPERCASE? I might be behind the times but before this summer I hadn’t heard of this Canadian-based publication. The issues are thick. It takes me about twenty minutes to read a lot of the popular magazines out there but I savor each of these dense UPPERCASE issues for days and days. I love the experience of reading this magazine. I love everything from the way the paper feels as I flip the pages to the way it really makes my brain spark with ideas; there’s a very thoughtful flow to the pieces in each issue and I find myself in a delighted, inspired, calm space whenever I sit with the magazine.

My latest Fall Issue #19 had everything from sketches by Lisa Congdon about her love affair with Iceland to incredible looks at vintage office supplies. There was info about the fascinating work of “Paper Engineer” Lydia Kasumi Shirreff, gems and geometry inspiration and more. (Like a look at Japanese work aprons, Icelandic Handknits, vintage letterheads, geology and, well, even more.)

There’s something fascinating about a single issue of a publication that can appeal to everyone in my family on a different level. My daughter (3) loved the reader-submitted alphabets created with office supplies. My son (8) is into the troglobites and rock art. My husband is a graphic designer and appreciates the focus on typography, letterpress and studio spaces. I love everything about every issue. (My mom, incidentally, was an instant UPPERCASE superfan and can’t wait to get her hands on my latest copy.) You can see the entire Issue 19 here (click on the issuu screen or flip through with a little narration in the video link).

I’m so excited about the upcoming Issue #20! Here’s what they have to say about it at UPPERCASE:

    The main theme throughout issue #20 is โ€œbroadcastingโ€. Our broad interpretation of this term includes the sharing of ideas graphically and publicly through posters, social media and public art and also encompasses amateur radio, graphic novels and collecting vintage advertising posters. To round out the issue, haberdashery, hat-making and a love of sewing notions is a pretty and crafty thread of content throughout…

You can purchase a gift subscription now and start with Issue #20. It’s a really thoughtful, impressive gift for a colleague or loved one (and a gift you deserve for yourself!). They also have a gift card option.

Here’s a trailer for the next issue, and don’t miss the UPPERCASE blog which is just full of beauty and good things. There’s a link in the right sidebar for their newsletter; they send out great info and fun stuff including free and fabulous desktop images like the one gracing my screen right now.

UPPERCASE is generously offering a giveaway copy to one Sew Mama Sew reader today (Canadian and US residential addresses only this time, please). To enter, take a look at the link for Issue #19 above, back issues, the UPPERCASE blog, UPPERCASE books OR the video trailer above and just tell us what excites you. If you already know and love UPPERCASE you can tell us about that too. We’re so excited to share this magazine with you; it really is one of my favorite discoveries of 2013.

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130 Responses to UPPERCASE Magazine

  1. Tiffany says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this magazine! Thank you so much for introducing me to it. I have a daughter who just got accepted to her first choice college, SCAD, and ordered a subscription for her. This will be such an inspiration!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I like everything I’ve seen about this magazine! I’d love to read all the back issues too.

  3. Beth B. says:

    Wow, how gorgeous! I love the mix of topics in a crafty magazine.

  4. Emme says:

    I love the colors!

  5. Barb B says:

    A scratch and sniff cover!!! Perfect!

  6. Cathy Briggs says:

    I’ve never seen it before but think the photography is beautiful.

  7. vero et says:

    Digging the typewriters

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I love the nostalgia the drawings and paintings evoke. Seeing something created by hand always always always excites me! Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Stephanie says:

    I’m amazed by the variety of content; there’s so much to read and just to look at.

  10. Kathleen says:

    The photography for this magazine is excellent. It could make me curious about everything!

  11. SarahB says:

    This looks like such a great magazine! I’d never heard of it before, but I sure want a subscription now!

  12. Paula says:

    I would love to win a copy of this magazine – so cool that it’s Canadian! I’ll be hunting it down. Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. Virginia says:

    Great magazine, I am Canadian where has it been hiding? I’ve also never seen it, would love to get an actual copy

  14. lynaeve says:

    these magazines are sooo cute!

  15. Kelly M says:

    I love the combination of creative and curious in the subtitle. I especially liked the math pages in the magazine. Thanks for sharing this cool magazine!

  16. Kelly M says:

    I love the combination of creative and curious. There are so many varied things in the magazine. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Jane says:

    I love the clean, contemporary, innovative look of the magazine- SO full of great inspiration!

  18. Maggie says:

    The video trailer was candy for my brain!! What excited me the most? Well, it’s winter and I’m searching for cool hat ideas for my kids and the little girl with the pink squid hat was soooo brilliant! Really would love to get my hands on the magazine, thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Heather M says:

    I love the letters article, all the reader submissions look really cool!

  20. RSC says:

    Oh, my goodness! I had heard of Uppercase before seeing your post. I just watched the trailer. It was awesome. Thank you for sharing and broadening our horizons.

  21. Starly says:

    Thank you for introducing me to this. The artwork and photographs look beautiful! I loved the blog articles on the fabric collections!

  22. Amanda says:

    Wow, I love this magazine but my favorite my have to be the Icelandic hand knits!

  23. Carrie says:

    I love the eye candy! Such nice paper and layout, beautifully curated photographs and articles. Thanks for sharing this!

  24. Michele T says:

    I have heard of this magazine before but since I live in a remote community north of Lake Superior (out in the sticks) it is a magazine that will not make it to the gas station magazine stand (ever!!) (unfortunately!!). You should know that not only am i creative but I am curious and this magazine would be perfect to inspire me!! Thanks for the chance!!

  25. Laurene says:

    What a fun discovery! it is hard to pick one favorite but I especially liked the alphabets from office supplies.

  26. mel says:

    LOVE this magazine. It’s always thoughtfully put together and showcases collections of old timey things.

  27. Lowena says:

    I really love the magazine when I first saw it. They contain a lot of crafty ideas and inspiration.

  28. Nancy R says:

    Love the eye candy, the simplified look to the pages. I too revel in the feel of good paper. Would love to have a subscription and enjoy reading and looking at the articles.

  29. Sheila Stauffer says:

    I had no idea anything like this existed. I may just have to give up every other issue I have of anything else….this was amazing and loved it!!!! Would love to have a copy for my birthday! Oh, that would be Christmas Eve! =)

  30. Kam says:

    First I love the covers then once inside the contents, you are so blessed!

  31. Wendy says:

    I love some of the books they have published and have the 1st Dottie Angel book. Would love a copy of the magazine – there is nothing like on the market.

  32. Dita says:

    This magazine looks beautiful! That’s funny because I have not ever seen this before! I am so excited to do some projects and to be inspired by this magazine. I think I will want to do everything hahaha

  33. Susan Paxton says:

    Wow!! What a great magazine…I loved issue #19 and #20 looks so fun and inspiring.

  34. Liz Fane says:

    I think there’s no doubt that you have introduced a new group of people to this amazing Canadian magazine. Like others who posted, I had never heard of UPPERCASE before. I love th variety of articles that were presented in issue 19. Something for everyone to be inspired by.

  35. kim t. says:

    I have not heard of the magazine before, but i looooove the art styling and the graphics!
    I would love to read a copy!

  36. Amanda says:

    I’ve seen Uppercase before, but it’s been so long! I adore their back issue highlights on the blog, really hooks me into what I’ve missed. And the photography is to die for! Love it!

  37. Terri in BC says:

    Okay, I’m Canadian and I have never seen this magazine anywhere! Would love to win a subscription, if I don’t I just might break down and get it, even though I have sworn to cut down on my magazines this year.

  38. Ellen Sangster says:

    Why have I never heard of UPPERCASE? What a fantastic magazine. For me, the best articles in #19 were the office typography and the vintage letterheads and the Icelandic knitting.
    I’m going to subscribe for myself but it would be wonderful to win a subscription as a gift for creative family member. Thanks for the opportunity.

  39. Brooke says:

    This is amazing! I’d never heard of UPPERCASE before. I love the idea of this magazine being a collection of creative media. I think many of us dabble in a lot of different creative avenues and this magazine looks like a one-stop-shop for many of those outlets. I have four creative sisters who all have a focus on different crafts and I can see that even just one issue would have something that’d appeal to all of us!

  40. Agnes Wong says:

    Amazing work! I love the variety of the art work presented. So many ideas, so little time.

  41. Rachel says:

    This looks like just the kind of magazine that would have my entire family fighting over ‘first rights’ to read! Something for everyone, from my son that is obsessed with science and how things work, to my daughter and I wanting to create and make interesting and new things. I think I need to find this magazine!

  42. Terry says:

    Love this magazine. I love the article about the paper engineer. I’ve always loved working with paper and her creations are awesome! Would love some printables of them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Emily C says:

    This is exciting! I would love another source of inspiration. So much variety and inspiration!

  44. Amy says:

    Love this magazine! Thanks for the chance!

  45. christopher says:

    i was really disappointed when CRAFT went away a few years ago. i am wondering if this is along the same vein as CRAFT was?

  46. Ruthann says:

    What a fascinating magazine! Wish I had known about it early enough to put it on my Christmas list! Thanks for sharing.

  47. Suzie12 says:

    I love UPPERCASE! I enjoy seeing the designers and creatives that they feature.

  48. jayne says:

    What a really interesting magazine! The variety inside the pages is pretty amazing. I found a lot of inspiration and I must say…I love the alphabets too! So many articles I would love to read that I never even thought about! Bravo! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Thanks for the lovely words Beth! And good luck everyone! Your readers should look at our twitter feed. We’ve got a discount code for $15 off a subscription which is valid until Dec 31.

    Twitter: @uppercasemag

  50. Phoebe says:

    I love UPPERCASE! The beautiful visuals and amazing print quality is always a great resource for creative inspiration.

  51. Claudia says:

    I have never seen this journal. It really intrigues me. Would love to see a copy.

  52. jam says:

    Loved looking through Uppercase. Love the clean look, beautiful photography and all the wonderful colors. I don’t think there was an article that didn’t grab my interest and I would love to have a copy in my hands to feel the paper. Would love to win a copy.
    thank you,

  53. annette says:

    Looks wonderful! What I like from these previews is that every single page is a visual feast. It is so artfully done.

  54. Taryn says:

    I’m excited about all the beautiful photography and the articles about designers! Thanks for sharing, I wish I would have found this magazine earlier!!!

  55. Anna Dorothy says:

    Oh wow! Would love to win. I’ve seen uppercase magazine mentioned a few places. I love thick paper magazines. All of it excites me. I love inspirational pictures.

  56. Julie D says:

    I love the variety in the magazine. And I love looking forward to getting new issues of my favorites in the mail.

  57. Lee says:

    I love this super inspirational magazine!

  58. Can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this magazine! I love letterpress, paper, printmaking, and design… where was I?! All of these things excite me, and this magazine tickles many of my fancies.

  59. superstitches says:

    Wow-what a great magazine. I have not seen it before. Love the interesting mix of articles.

  60. superstitiches says:

    Wow, I have not seen that magazine before. My favorite thing about the magazine is the interesting mix of articles.

  61. In the trailer love all of those sewing images, and that incredible button stash!

  62. Jane S. says:

    It’s very exciting to see the variety of things that people create! I like learning about their process, what motivates them or compels them to make the things they do. That magazine is also some serious eye candy! Thank you for the nice giveaway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Melinda says:

    Omg I’ve never heard of this. I’d be most excited to collect enough just to enjoy the beautiful spines and the page design/layout.

  64. Heather in VA says:

    Oh my! They have an entire issue about stationary. :faint: I am a stationary fanatic! I must have that issue. Such a beautiful magazine.

  65. Penny says:

    Looks like lots to pour over and garner inspiration from. Lovely prospect!

  66. Hayley says:

    Wow! How have I never heard of this magazine before?! I just spent way too much time looking at issue 19 online. Although that was fabulous, definitely need this in my hands!

  67. Tia says:

    Where to start – no, I wasn’t aware of this magazine. I looked at #19 and it is like a treasure chest of factoids and inspirations. Love the information and visuals. My kids will love it. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to get to the store and look for it!

  68. Vintage office supplies and sewing notions…cool stuff!

  69. Lauren Suarez says:

    I just looked through back issue 19. I really like all the colorful and inspiring pictures! Thank you!

  70. Cathie says:

    What a find! I just love everything about UPPERCASE – how can you not feel creative looking through their site?!

  71. Tracy says:

    I really could spend hours pouring over the pages of this magazine! Amazing and beautiful! I’d love to win a copy.

  72. Colleen says:

    What a wonderful magazine! I love the mix of graphics in Issue 19 and issue 20 looks just as interesting. I have been looking for a gift for my daughter’s birthday and looks like this is it. She will love it, as a fan of design, fonts and all things cool. I will go on line tomorrow and send her a gift subscription. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  73. --anu says:

    It looks like there are actually articles to read ๐Ÿ™‚
    It seems that these days only indie magazines have that. I will certainly look for Uppercase in my local bookstore that has huge indie magazine selection.

  74. Nicole says:

    Wow! Just watched the trailer. Calligraphers! Yarn artists! Stitchers! So much maker/creative goodness all in one place–I’d love a copy.

  75. Kim McM says:

    Why have I never heard about this magazine until now? “A magazine for the creative and curious,” that’s me! Sign me up! Thanks for letting me know about this magazine and thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  76. Debbie says:

    I love Uppercase Magazine! It would be my dream job to have my work in there!

  77. Carrie Isoldi says:

    Hope I win’

  78. I love the joy of people *doing* things in Uppercase magazine (and I’m proud that it is Canadian too!) The colours, the curiosity & creativity that they exhibit is so inspiring!

  79. Jen says:

    Wow, thank you for exposing me to this magazine. I looked through the UPPERCASE blog and am so excited to see more. I love the whole clean and beautifully artistic presentation of the magazine’s look. Can’t wait to see more!

  80. Liane says:

    You had me at the knitting needle/radio cover! Beautiful graphics, I can’t wait to see what is inside!

  81. Linda L. says:

    What a fascinating magazine – if every issue is like this, anyone who picks it up will find something of interest to them. It is certain that no edition will be boring Of course, the fact that it’s Canadian is pretty exciting too!

  82. melissa says:

    Super! Thanks!

  83. Irene S says:

    I have never heard of Uppercase thanks for a chance to win.

  84. Ellen M. says:

    I wasn’t familiar with this publication, but it is visually stunning. I viewed the trailer and am amazed by the variety of topics within one issue. Thanks for the introduction!

  85. Julie says:

    Watching that video just makes me want to make! It’s exciting to know about this Canadian magazine (since it’s hard to find many canadian magazines that I would personally want to turn to, but this one makes me want to find out more!). The knitted tree, the screen prints, all the art and mediums shown are amazing!

  86. Ann says:

    Wow! What an interesting magazine! I liked the travel and craft features on Iceland in issue 19 – a country I want to learn more about.

  87. kathy peters says:

    Looks like a beautiful magazine! I liked the collection of desk utensil art!

  88. BeautifullySewn says:

    I love their emphasis on the beauty of everyday things, who would have thought of featuring office supplies! I loved it!

  89. Kaesey says:

    Beautiful! I’ve never seen this magazine before but I love the colors on all the covers.

  90. Debbie says:

    This magazine looks amazing! I looked at issue #19 and what was most outstanding was the lack of ads. Most magazines are mostly ads with no real substance. I loved the paper geometrics and Japanese work aprons. Thanks for sharing.

  91. Miet says:

    I see Uppercase is available through Indigo/Chapters – wonderful! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

  92. Anne says:

    I liked the vintage sewing supplies in the video. Looks like a great magazine.

  93. Sally says:

    I really liked the hat making part. That would be a really fun project to try and get good at.

  94. angelina says:

    what a cool mag.

  95. Nikki from Ohio says:

    I like that this magazine is very visually appealing with clean lines and bright colors. It seems like it would get a lot of creative juices flowing for whatever art or craft you enjoy.

  96. Gayle says:

    Issue 19 has a very interesting article on Japanese work aprons.

  97. Andrea says:

    They have knitting… paper arts… rocks… I see them creatively embracing the anthropological and historical… I’d love to see more.

  98. Kathie E says:

    I am intrigued. The graphics and the images draw me in and I want to know the story. Particularly the VW bus and the hats

  99. Michelle says:

    Wow! Thanks for posting about Uppercase! I had not seen this magazine before and I am smitten! I loved watching the video of issue 19 – as I am a bit of a rock hound myself. I am so intrigued! The content is so interesting!

  100. karen l. says:

    I love the grahics. Thanks for the introduction to this treasure.

  101. MaryEllen says:

    I love the notebooks! I use notebooks for every reason, and these would make a great addition to my collection!

  102. Tish says:

    Wow! This magazine is like taking everything that I like and am inspired by and putting it into one, nifty, super gorgeous tome!!! If it had vintage racecars and workout tips in it, I would only need to buy THIS ONE MAGAZINE to get ALL of my fixes in one place!!! Absolutely the coolest thing to hit the market since Atomic Ranch. I would love to have the giveaway copy!!!

  103. Jenn R says:

    Iceland is at the top of my places-to-visit list! (And I kind of just love all the other articles in issue 19). Thanks for the chance to win!

  104. Cathy Enders says:

    This magazine is so much my daughter-in-law the graphic designer and artist!! That is what excites me most. If she isn’t familiar with it, I think a subscription just might become an extra special, just because gift!

  105. Wanda Ball says:

    Looks like a great magazine.

  106. Julie says:

    I love the modern, clean graphics?

  107. R says:

    loving the bold colors and crisp photos!

  108. ~T~ in WA says:

    Oh, this looks like too much fun!

  109. Jessie from NM says:

    Kill your TV… Yarn bombing… Button shield!…
    Dear friend,
    this looks amazing. Yes please!

  110. Grace says:

    Ha! I just today saw Uppercase in a shop in Toronto – we’re visiting family this week – and thought – now THERE’s something I’d like for Christmas! Beautiful!

  111. Barb in MI says:

    I loved watching the hat making in the video, anything concerning traditional arts & crafts fascinates me. This is the first I have seen/ heard of the magazine – and it’s fabulous! Thanks so much!

  112. jeanine says:

    EEP! I love crafty magazines!! and those covers are enticing! and all the different art forms are awesome!

  113. yvette says:

    I looked through the back issue and not only did I get excited and inspired to make things(the geometric shapes idea made me want to do something like that as pillows or a unique purse I don’t know which yet but it made me think about making ) I fell in love …how did I not know about this magazine?

  114. Victoria says:

    I was so excited to see the posters that we just spent a semester studying in History of Graphic Design. I did not realize ow large Milton Glaser’s Bob Dylan Poster was!

  115. Betsy says:

    I like that it’s a magazine of many crafts. I went back to look at issue 18 and it’s very appealing.

  116. Denise says:

    I hadn’t seen this magazine before, but now that I have checked it out I love it! It seems like a perfect overlap with my own quirky, eclectic interests: design, crafty goodness, intellectual curiosity, etc.

  117. Kirsten says:

    I can imagine it’s on nice thick paper and smells of possibility. The beautiful photographs and creative inspiration are what tickle my fancy. (I just received one of the last copies of Dottie Angel and oh yum yum yum!)

  118. Deana says:

    The trailer for issue #20 was beautiful. And the wall of buttons…if only!!

  119. Sarah Schraw says:

    I really like the alphabets! I guess I have that in common with your 3-year-old. ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. Sandy says:

    Wow, this is the most inspiring magazine I’ve seen in a long time!

  121. Kara says:

    Just watched the video; it’s so great!!! I love how diverse this magazine looks. And the different sewing and notions shots?! I want to frame them all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  122. Kristin S. says:

    That video had me at 1:30 (where the girl with the thimble helmet, button shield and needle sword is riding the bear!) I NEED to see more!!

  123. natalie says:

    Uppercase looks like such an inspirational and modern source for ideas. I love using thoughtful magazine articles for help with color schemes, and it looks like Uppercase hits the mark!

  124. Bethany M says:

    I love how they showcase different Etsy shops on the blog! I love finding new places to shop!

  125. debbie says:

    Wow, the colors, the repetitive patterns, the creativity, the excitement seeing everything!

  126. Anita says:

    One thing that excites me is that I am Canadian and this is a very cool Canadian magazine that I have never heard of before! I love everything I saw. It looks very interesting. I am expecially interested in the reproductions of vintage letterhead.

  127. Lisa McGriff says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this but it seems to be very interesting, thought provoking, and would for sure get the creative desire sparked to try some new things!!

  128. Taryn in Wis. says:

    I love the gorgeous images and blending of topics.

  129. sangeetha says:

    Wow first, I have to say the covers are superb. Love them.

    I looked through the contents of one of the back issues and boy they are comprehensive, interesting subject matters, so diverse.

    It would send me nuts – I would read and want to do everything in the issue or explore more & drive myself crazy with the creative overload ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Terry in IL says:

    Okay, what excites me? The video. The girl in red sitting with that fab cap on. The girl warrior-ess with the thimble helmet. The picture of the milliner steaming the hat and almost feeling the moisture in my face. The images of all of the hand painted and drawn typography. Wonderful videography! I’ve never heard of this and want a copy in time to put it in my own stocking!!

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