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!
over 8,200 copies sold
The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric
written by Linzee Kull McCray (2016)
Creative Expressions Through Textiles
written by Janine Vangool (2017)
A Mixed Bouquet of Art, Design & Ephemera
written by Janine Vangool (2017)
The next four volumes on a variety of interesting and creative topics!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
$175 in North America
$190 outside of North America
early bird PRE-ORDER PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING
For folks who purchased the previous volumes, please check your inbox for a special offer code for $25 off!
For the launch period of February 4 through March 6, 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.
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.
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. I will announce the publication schedule in March 2018.
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.
I will keep you up-to-date of the fundraising and project progress via my weekly newsletter.
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.
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!
WHO IS UPPERCASE?
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.
UPPERCASE has the best readers in the world!
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."
"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.