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I received an invitation to be in the next issue...

Janine Vangool, publisher, editor, designer (and customer service, too!) of UPPERCASE Magazine saved notes from an email conversation we had where I explained how losing my quilts in a fire led to some new directions in creative writing. "If you'd like to share some of this experience in the next issue, I encourage you to submit to the open call described below."


revisit / review / remix / revise

The gallery of reader submissions in Issue No. 61 (April-May-June 2024) will feature projects, artwork and crafts that fit the theme of "revisit / review / remix / revise."

Have you ever revisited your older creative work or older ideas and looked at them with fresh perspectives? How do you review your work? Have you remixed new work from old, revised older work, or repurposed an idea into something new?

Submissions were limited to 150 words, which seemed like a daunting prospect. So, instead of thinking about it, I just started writing. And, after some time, I was able to edit my thoughts from 412 words to 146 words (which was just shy of the targeted amount requested).

Indeed, losing my quilts and journals in the 2020 wildfires led to some new directions in creative writing. I had originally planned to create a digital book of my personal quilting journey. That journey was put on hold and I took a different path. I began writing a collection of fictional narratives - offering a story to each of the unlabeled quilts that I photographed.

I am honored to have a spot in the April/May/June 2024 issue of Uppercase Magazine (where you can see the recent issue). Others highlighted include visual artists, painters, illustrators, surface pattern designers, a narrative-found-object assemblage artist, a quilt revisionist, and a plant-dyed pottery quilter. The collection of creatives have have torn it up and mixed it up, recycled and repurposed, shaded and textured, connected and collided, water colored, and marbled paper to create artistic collages, playful prints, stuffed freestanding fabric figures, artist's books, visual poetry, therapeutic pattern blocks, and good art parts.

"To make art, you need two driving forces: inspiration and impulse.
Inspiration is fleeting, though, if we don't do something with it. Follow that inner impulse and make something!" ~ Janine Vangool

I hope that you are open to finding inspiration this Spring. What creative path are you currently following?

Thank you for stopping by.


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