Introducing UPPERCASE, a quarterly print magazine for the creative and curious with content inspired by design, illustration, type, craft and creativity. Through beautiful design and engaging profiles, readers are inspired by artists who have turned their craft into their career. Their Spring Issue explores the relationship between function and ornamentation, featuring a special Surface Pattern Design Guide compiled of over 2,000 individual patterns, an article about our cover artist and ceramicist Molly Hatch, and a profile on the founder of the fabric company Spoonflower, just to name a few. This is their first guest blog.
Drawn to the beautifully functional, we featured Heather Dahl’s hand-painted and hand-crafted ceramic vases on our Snippets spread. Heather Dahl is a ceramicist and painter from Vancouver, Canada. Her brand Dahlhaus was born from her love of making beautiful objects for the home.
We were curious about what originally inspired the stripes that she paints on the vessels, a motif that has become her visual signature. “I had made stripe paintings in art school and at some point translated stripes onto my ceramics. I liked the idea that my design grew vertically from the base of the pot (this references the action of throwing a vessel on the wheel from the bottom up). I was trying to find a solution to how far the pattern would extend on a piece and wanted the end of a stripe to just suddenly stop, but to curve back to the next stripe.”
To learn more about our issue devoted to decorated surfaces, ceramics, and surface pattern design, please click here.