Uppercase issue 40 all the way from Canada, illustration, craft, textiles, printmaking and ideas.
Ten years ago, when I first set out to publish my own magazine, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had a vision, optimism and a line of credit and I thought that’s all I would need. To say that I’ve learned a lot since the inaugural issue would be an understatement.
To accomplish something big—something beyond our current capabilities—there’s a simple first step. Believe in yourself. There’s an infinite number of steps after that (and missteps are certain), but confidence coupled with perseverance can get you through.
Now, with a decade of experience behind me, I’m reflecting on UPPERCASE’s legacy so far, and its longevity. Musing on the simplest and most common art supply, the pencil, I wonder what makes something long lasting? What qualities make the pencil so iconic? How can UPPERCASE be an indispensable creative tool? With the kind encouragement of you, my readers, I look forward to figuring this out in the years ahead!