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Dear Reader, The themes for this issue derived from exploring the word “felt”— “to feel” in the past participle, but also its homographs referring to both the cloth as well as the corresponding verb. It was a simple mental game that led to a rich collection of stories and inspiring artwork. Within these pages, we’ll meet five fibre artists who use felt and felting techniques prominently in their works. There’s also a special feature about contemporary and traditional rug makers. (I became personally infatuated, so much so that I needle punched this cover on the weekend before this issue went to press!) In creating and making, we can express our most heartfelt emotions. Our feelings can be put on view through illustration, art and craft to further others’ understanding of our unique experiences. During the process of expression, which is more often challenging than it is easy, we gain perspective into our own selves. In this issue, readers like you share how creativity allows them to express their personal experiences.

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Contents HOOKED RUG POEM BY J O B A R B A R A TAY L O R Still life fashioned in fabric, variegated burgundy and currant frame grinning poppies, dark and bright like clotting blood, and wildly verdant leaves within a scalloped bed, oyster white. The rug gives new life to tired textiles. The deep reds, granddaddy’s worn out woolen shirts, the gentle white, an old horse blanket, the brights from remnants of jackets and skirts left over from rugs covering familiar floors. Long strips, scissor-cut three-eighths inches wide, hooked and pulled in a rectangle of burlap backing, thirty-five by twenty-four. Grandmother and her sisters Aunt Denna and Aunt Mattie drew the template in indigo ink, freehand on jute. Their ancient eyes saw the design before anyone else. Wrinkled hands dipped hooks like ladles into the burlap, latched wool, and pulled the loops again and again until the pattern emerged. With occasional mumbles they passed strips back and forth, then only the rhythm of the hooks.

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They ran their fingers over the nap, checking for consistency in depth and tension. When they lay aside the hooks, they did not behold art, but found pleasure in the utility of a rug. originally published in How to Come and Go, Chatter House Press, 2016


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Five Felt Artists You Should Know Diane Krys 80 Heide Murray 82 Dani Ives 84 LeBrie Rich 86 Prilly Lewis 88

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Alexithymia is something I battle with my work; art making is a cathartic process for me The majority of my work centres around communicating something visually that I can’t precisely, or honestly, put into words I began as a writer of poetry and prose, and soon after, began writing graffiti My love of colour, textures and gestural marks led me to abstract work Here I find a freedom to communicate and connect with others in a more honest way To me, Art is a language of passion expressed without compromise

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My name is Jessica, and I dream of using glitch art and digital art to raise awareness of disability, and increase the accessibility of art on a professional level As a young disabled woman, the art world is inaccessible Being in art school, I’m expected to spend at least 30 hours a week on my work, both in and out of the classroom I’m expected to stand for hours on end, to take very few breaks, to work through the typical discomfort and pain of an intense day But that’s not something I’m capable of It’s so frustrating to have your body not be able to keep up with your mind To have the work ethic and hunger to create but to be betrayed by your own limbs It’s only with digital art that I have found an accessible way to create without feeling such intense, blinding pain and exhaustion that I can’t move the next day I want to use my art to connect with people, to change the face of disability and to communicate my experiences and enable others to come forward with theirs I have been lucky enough to make my own form of accessible art, and I want to show it to others I want to give others the chance to see what I have seen of the art world, to let it be an equal opportunity space for those who have unique views that need to be expressed

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I’m an American graphic designer, originally from Seattle but now living in Stuttgart, Germany (all thanks to falling in love!) My passions are illustration and print design, and my dream is to combine those two by working for a magazine or by beginning my own stationery and paper products line This personal project pushed me to create for myself, outside the normal corporate guidelines I was working within for my day job I was doing a lot of travelling, so I created a set of typographical illustrations to represent each city I had spent time visiting These after-hours designs gave me the freedom to do the unexpected and were designed to be slightly illegible to counterbalance the organization of my 9-to-5 job ||| abbychamness.com

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I’m Kat Goodloe, an art director, letterer and illustrator I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember and it has truly become my outlet for happiness I attempt to share that with viewers by creating characters in a world of illustration or by lettering a light-hearted and relatable phrase My goal is to become a full-time freelance artist doing a mix of illustration, lettering and character design I would love to break into the industry of book cover design for young adult novels and children’s books! Hopefully a feature with UPPERCASE would help to set me down this path and it would be a dream to have this be my first feature! ||| katgoodloe.com

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I’m a freelance illustrator with a passion for creating characters and dreaming up stories I also love making illustrated maps, designing greetings cards and home decor products, and creating patterns for fabric, packaging and apparel Although I trained and worked as a lawyer for over 10 years, illustration has always been my passion, and now, after moonlighting for a number of years, I’m keen to make it a full-time gig My next goal is to publish the children’s book I’m currently working on—it’s about a little boy who doesn’t quite fit in The book has an empowering message for boys who don’t necessarily conform to the gender norm ||| nicallan.co.uk uppercasemagazine.com

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Rug Envy

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HE FIRST RUG I EVER WANTED was a shag in cotton candy pink flecked with tiny bits of blue, red and yellow. It was exactly as if actual cotton candy had morphed into rug form and then requested rainbow sprinkles. In my 10 years of living, I had never seen anything like it. It was perfect, and I wanted it. I needed it. I imagined it covering the floor of my new bedroom, the way my feet might sink into softness each morning. With the right light, I thought, it might even glow. I imagined the slumber parties I would have, the patchwork of sleeping bags laid out over it, belonging to new friends I would make in the town we would soon be moving to—friends who would surely comment on this spectacular cotton candy carpet, and surely (secretly) be consumed with jealousy. It would be the cornerstone, the very foundation of my decor. But one look at my mother’s face and I knew—I knew it would not be. And so, a precedent was set. Over the years, I have loved (and coveted) a multitude of rugs. I would find one, fall in love with it and then have my heart broken by price or circumstance. A vintage tangerine shag covered in geometrics found in the stalls of a Manhattan flea market. A creamy flokati original in the San Francisco apartment of a friend of a friend. A coppery ornate Turkish rug spotted while travelling in Kosovo. Make no mistake, I’ve collected some extraordinary rugs in my lifetime. I’ve just never owned a single one of them. Fifteen years ago, I started taking photographs of the places where I stand. I point the camera down at my feet, at the place where I am standing, and shoot. There’s great comfort in the ritual, and the images have a singular, storied sense of place. Early on, I realized I had finally figured out a way to bring my beloved (albeit unattainable) rugs home with me. I had finally figured out a way to own them. Their colours and patterns, texture and history—forever living now as elements of a photograph, pieces of a greater story: my story. No longer underfoot, but put into frames and hung on the wall, tucked next to favourite collections or affixed to pages of a sketchbook. No longer the workhorse of the house but elevated to fine art status, perhaps where they more rightfully belonged. Or maybe that is just wishful thinking. The truth is, if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would hop the next plane to Morocco and make a beeline for the rugs in Marrakech. Sure, I’d shoot a thousand photos but I would ship enough rugs home to cover every square inch of the nubby brown nightmare carpet that currently covers the floors of the home where we live. And I just might go looking for that cotton candy carpet, too.

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