At one time, encyclopedias were venerated as ultimate sources of knowledge. People saw the value in investing in these massive multi-volume sets and enjoyed the convenience and status of having a reference section in the comfort of their living room. Ordered through the post or from a door-to-door salesman, acquiring an encyclopedia was a commitment to education and learning.    These days, we have an overload of information at our fingertips and as a result, even the most well-known purveyor decided to halt 244 years of print production in favour of offering an online alternative. Certainly, with Pinterest and Instagram and blog posts and podcasts, there is no shortage of visual inspiration for creatives. But as makers, we appreciate—we yearn—for the tangible. And we crave high quality content that is lovingly curated instead of coming to us in random bits. Coveting, owning and holding a beautiful and informative ink-on-paper inspiring tome… now that’s something that can’t be experienced virtually. 

At one time, encyclopedias were venerated as ultimate sources of knowledge. People saw the value in investing in these massive multi-volume sets and enjoyed the convenience and status of having a reference section in the comfort of their living room. Ordered through the post or from a door-to-door salesman, acquiring an encyclopedia was a commitment to education and learning.

These days, we have an overload of information at our fingertips and as a result, even the most well-known purveyor decided to halt 244 years of print production in favour of offering an online alternative. Certainly, with Pinterest and Instagram and blog posts and podcasts, there is no shortage of visual inspiration for creatives. But as makers, we appreciate—we yearn—for the tangible. And we crave high quality content that is lovingly curated instead of coming to us in random bits. Coveting, owning and holding a beautiful and informative ink-on-paper inspiring tome… now that’s something that can’t be experienced virtually. 

 
 
 

Announcing

The next volumes in the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration!

Nearly two years ago, in April 2016, I embarked on the start of what I hoped would be an ongoing project: the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration. Due to generous support of enthusiastic readers from around the world, the first three volumes—Feed Sacks, Stitch*illo and Botanica—were crowdfunded successfully through pre-orders. Because of you, these fine books were written, designed and published and have been well-received by readers around the world. Thank you!

 The first three volumes of the Encyclopedia. Each book has a dust jacket that can be folded in four different ways. There's also a paper belly band that wraps around the book to brand the series.

The first three volumes of the Encyclopedia. Each book has a dust jacket that can be folded in four different ways. There's also a paper belly band that wraps around the book to brand the series.

 
  The front cover art is by Kelli May-Krenz.

THE FIRST
3 books

1,344
total pageS

over 8,200 copies sold

Feed Sacks:
The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric

written by Linzee Kull McCray (2016)

Stitch*illo:
Creative Expressions Through Textiles

written by Janine Vangool (2017)

 

Botanica:
A Mixed Bouquet of Art, Design & Ephemera

written by Janine Vangool (2017)


introducing

The next four volumes on a variety of interesting and creative topics!

 
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Forever, Always & Now

Gorgeous and inspiring collections of vintage lettering and typography along with profiles of creatives who make art and business through their collections. Collage artists, illustrators, type designers, graphic designers, creative entrepreneurs and more!

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inky, creative success

Profiles of designers, artists and craftspeople who use printmaking and print technology to make things for themselves and others. This book includes in-depth interviews with printers, stationers, publishers, zine-makers, homeware and clothing designers through studio pictures, portfolios and sound advice from print/makers from around the world.

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Personal & Professional

A celebration of the beauty of quilts and how they appeal to our creativity and emotions. From nostalgic heirlooms to celebrating quilting failures to designing, making, improvising— plus a look at how quilting cottons are designed and manufactured—Quilted is a behind-the-scenes look at a tradition and an industry.

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living in
the past

These people and businesses have immersed themselves in the aesthetics, technologies and trends of bygone eras. Vintage sellers and dealers, collectors, interior decorators, stylists, writers, musicians and creative souls. When living in the past is the only way to be!


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Although I’d love to be able to knock on your door and sell you the next volumes in my Encyclopedia in person, you can pledge your support for this project by pre-ordering the next four volumes.

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$175 in North America
$190 outside of North America 

early bird PRE-ORDER PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING

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The preorder price includes shipping and the cover price of each book is discounted. Cover prices of the finished books will be $45–$55 CAD.

Individual copies will be available for purchase closer to their release dates. I'm aiming for two books this year and two books next year. Pre-ordering the set of 4 volumes is the least expensive way of getting each book. Prices shown are in Canadian dollars, so our American friends will benefit from an exchange rate in your favour. ($175 CAD is around $140 USD) Payment can be made via credit card or Paypal; your payment method will do the currency conversion for you. 


The goal is to raise $40,000 per book,
enough to cover the print production costs.


Print production for each book will be $40,000 for a 352-page book with the same quality and dust jacket and bellyband as the first volumes. The books are printed in Canada. Additional costs include editorial fees, copy editing, packaging, postage (a very significant cost!) and fulfillment. Hopefully some special goodies and inserts, too. The final total costs for each of the first volumes in the Encyclopedia were $72,653.05, $56,217.76 and $72,164.75 respectively. 

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All books will be produced. Funds collected go to the costs of writing, designing, editing and printing the books.


I'm committed to producing these books! Making books and magazines is what I do. ♥ Every day. 

 

SCHEDULE

The release order of the four volumes will be determined by the success of this fundraising campaign since some titles will be more expensive to produce due to writing and editorial costs, image permissions and photography and other considerations. I am committed to producing all volumes, regardless of the amount fundraised in the next 2 years—but a successful campaign will go a long way in moving the project forward more quickly since I will be able to hire some editorial help.  

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PARTICIPATE

As with Stitch*illo and Botanica, you can have a chance to be featured within the pages of these next volumes. You can audition here.

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FOLLOW ALONG

I will keep you up-to-date of the fundraising and project progress via my weekly newsletter.

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VISION

UPPERCASE has a clear passion for producing unique, high quality books. With my affection for books entitled “directories” and “compendiums”, the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration is a natural progression. A book set released volume by volume is also a fitting companion to the subscription model we offer through UPPERCASE magazine.

RISKS

UPPERCASE has a great track record for creating quality books and magazines. The magazine has been published consistently every quarter since spring 2009. I've also independently published 15 books in the past ten years, from small companions to gallery exhibitions to big hardcover books. In 2015, I released an epic hardcover book entitled The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine as well as the 384-page multi-covered UPPERCASE Compendium of Craft & Creativity. The first three Encyclopedia volumes were completed and delivered within less than two years and 8,200 copies have been sold (as of mid-January 2018). All that to say that UPPERCASE has a proven track record of getting things done!

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WHO IS UPPERCASE?

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I'm Janine Vangool. I publish books and magazines for the creative and curious: products that spark the imagination and inspire creativity. My background is as a graphic designer and my desire to create books from concept to design to production stems from my complete love of books. Holding and admiring them as objects, and writing, reading, learning and loving the entire book experience. I love stepping into the worlds created within their pages. 


 Mockup of the Print / Maker cover. This will be the next book to be released.

Mockup of the Print / Maker cover. This will be the next book to be released.

 Some sample mockups of the book spines.

Some sample mockups of the book spines.


UPPERCASE has the best readers in the world!
Thank you!

 
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Purchase the first three volumes as a set or individually in the shop.

 

"Your new Encyclopedias are a dream!"
— Kim J.

 

"I just received the gorgeous Botanica book and it is beyond anything I imagined. Thank you so much for such a lovely, inspirational tome — I know I will go back into the pages over and over for what very well may be the most beautiful and inspiring book I've ever had."
– Alice W.

 

"The history of feed sacks may sound dry, but McCray lavishly pairs spare but eloquent text with hundreds of illustrations and photos in this fascinating stroll through American domestic history."
—Publishers Weekly

 

"I want to savour it slowly and make the pleasure last — I am sure this book is my absolute dream come true. Thank you for doing a divine job, for your warm enthusiasm in all you do and for the outstanding quality of your work."
— 
Mireille F.

 

"This book is used for browsing, spotting a style of work that is of interest or totally different to the one you are used to using and then learning a little more about it. The aim of the series speaks for itself." —Gillian V.