The UPPERCASE Compendium of Craft and Creativity

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The main cover, which will have a gloss lamination for a nice, rich black, is by quilter Siobhan Rogers.

The main cover, which will have a gloss lamination for a nice, rich black, is by quilter Siobhan Rogers.

The Compendium book is a whopping 384 pages and features 66 makers, crafters and artisans. It's an inch thick! 

There is a long publishing tradition of the creative annual. Creative industries like graphic design, illustration and advertising each have their own dedicated annual books and special edition magazines that compile the best of each category. For designers and illustrators, to be included in an annual is a benchmark of success. It helps get them recognized within their industry and opens doors to new opportunities. For aspiring creatives, annuals showcase what is possible in their field. They inspire, educate and promote. And as the years pass, the annuals serve as important cultural artifacts—a snapshot of the trends and aesthetics of a particular year.

When it comes to craft and the independent maker movement, there hasn’t been an annual to celebrate and document all the amazing talent and beautiful products being made each year. Across the Internet there are blog posts, websites and Etsy listings, but these are scattered and fleeting: items are sold, sites are updated with more current projects, blog posts quickly get buried by the latest thing. We’re so busy looking for what’s new, that there isn’t time to appreciate what we’ve already done.

The UPPERCASE Compendium of Craft & Creativity will collect the most inspiring work of the past few years into a beautiful print publication. Rich with stories of the makers, it will include interviews, studio tours and delve into the creative process. Much like UPPERCASE's Work/Life directory of illustration series pushed the illustration annual to a new level of quality content, the UPPERCASE Compendium of Craft & Creativity will inform and inspire.

 

The Compendium comes with a special dust jacket that can be unfolded and reconfigured to reveal 4 additional covers. You can select a different design per your mood or interest or style or just because.

Illustrator Shelley Davies' typographic collage is another dust jacket. I love how her collage tag with string interacts visually with the yarn.

Illustrator Shelley Davies' typographic collage is another dust jacket. I love how her collage tag with string interacts visually with the yarn.

Stephanie LeMay of Rivulette makes beautifully dyed yarns, embroideries and glass beads.

Stephanie LeMay of Rivulette makes beautifully dyed yarns, embroideries and glass beads.

Another dust jacket version features work by Dorit Elisha, collage artist and author.

Another dust jacket version features work by Dorit Elisha, collage artist and author.

And art educator and printmaker Rachelle Chuang's collage of cut-up prints graces a dust jacket.

And art educator and printmaker Rachelle Chuang's collage of cut-up prints graces a dust jacket.