While some folks think only of the Stampede when they picture Calgary, Alberta, the first thing I think of is UPPERCASE Magazine — a quarterly craft, fashion, illustration, and design journal published by Janine Vangool. So when I found out I was going to C-Town, I sent Vangool an email to ask if we could visit her at Uppercase HQ.
The lady pretty much runs the whole show by herself out of her downtown office! Not only does she publish, edit and art director four magazines a year, she’s also the driving force behind book projects such as The Suitcase Series (with Camilla Engman and Dottie Angel), The Elegant Cockroach by Deidre Anne Martin and Stefanie Augustine and A Collection a Day by Lisa Congdon. And Vangool is also the proprieter of UPPERCASE Gallery, which has hosted some exhibitions of illustrious illustrators such as Aaron Leighton, Renata Liwska and Ryan Heshka, amongst others.
The HQ istself is in the Art Central building at the corner of 7th Avenue and Center Street. The building is home to many galleries, studios, stores and a coffee shop. So Vangool is surrounded Calagry's creative community. Inside the space she is surrounded by fun and inspirational objects, including one of our favourites, Alanna Cavanagh's Scissor print.
The office isn't enormous, but Vangool keeps things light with a lot of white furnishings punctuated by examples of her colourful collections of vintage tins, typewriters and typewriter-related ephemera. In fact, her next project is a book called The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine. She's currently running a fundraising campaign to help fund this tome.
UPPERCASE is almost entirely supported by readers (of which subscriptions are key). If you like Vangool's clean and friendly office space, you will love the look and feel of UPPERCASE. Each issue is practically a fetish object that you'll keep for years. So sign up for your next copy here.
Thanks, Janine, for letting Covet Garden invade your office.
[photographs by Jessica Reid]