October / November / December 2020
Exploring empathy, art therapy, authorship and language
UPPERCASE is a quarterly print magazine inspired by craft, design and illustration. A playful exploration of creativity, an affinity for vintage ephemera, and a love of handmade are some elements common in each issue. The magazine boasts high-quality paper and printing, a unique design aesthetic and incredible attention to detail.
With the tagline "for the creative and curious" every issue of UPPERCASE is eclectic and engaging. With a few themes to help tie it together, a typical issue includes content about design, art, illustration, typography, craft and a bit of vintage. It is full to the brim with beautiful images, inspiring stories, talented people and well-written articles.
The 47th issue of UPPERCASE explores poetic self-portraits, art therapy and empathy—themes that are all about people. It's about relating to one another, finding our common experiences, sharing our stories and building community. Themes in each issue often percolating for months, with the content being a mix of long-term planning and serendipity. The magazine has matured a lot over the past dozen years. I have grown more confident in addressing current events, too—but in a way that feels appropriate for my publication's editorial and aesthetic voice.
In this time of challenge and change, it is important to me as the publisher, editor and designer of UPPERCASE magazine that my publication unequivocally shows where it stands.
Black Lives Matter.
This issue's cover artist is Jemma Morris. I came across her cut paper family portraits on Etsy. One composition, in particular, caught my attention: a diverse grouping of five women leaning in and supporting one another—faceless but still friendly, abstract but grounded and powerful in their stance. Jemma typically uses commercially available patterned craft papers for her figure’s dresses, but for an UPPERCASE cover, I wanted to make sure that credit be given to everyone involved in its creation. So I reached out to some UPPERCASE readers to license their work for this special cover.