THE UPPERCASE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INSPIRATION

Beautiful Books to Inspire, Inform and Delight

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


These days, we have an overload of information at our fingertips. 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 or algorithmic bits. 


Coveting, owning and holding a beautiful and informative ink-on-paper inspiring tome… now that’s something that can’t be experienced virtually. 


Since 2016, UPPERCASE has produced 8 gorgeous volumes, totalling 3,408 pages.

Just released!

Ceramics

Ceramics

October 2020

Ceramics highlights the work, studio, processes and inspirations of an interesting variety of artists who work in the field of ceramics, pottery and related creative endeavours. The book is curated by UPPERCASE publisher Janine Vangool along with co-authors Carole Epp and Julia Krueger. 


Our focus is on independent, working artists and we aim to present a diversity of objects, styles, backgrounds and cultures—curated with the optimistic and eclectic eye that makes UPPERCASE publications so unique. 


With profiles of 46 contemporary studio potters and ceramicists, illustrated with beautiful photography of their work and studio, Volume C: Ceramics will be a gorgeous and informative addition to your Encyclopedia of Inspiration library.

In progress:

Yarn-Thread-String

Yarn-Thread-String

early 2021 release

So much of what we make is created by using various fibres. Knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, embroidery, rug-making, macramé and many more crafts are made possible with yarn, thread and string. 


This book gets up close and personal with fibre, telling the stories and processes from venerated traditional thread companies to individual artisans raising sheep to make their own wool. We'll look at natural fibres and how they are made, and how design plays a part in the visual appeal of fibre brands. We'll also explore innovative fibres that repurpose and recycle our valuable resources. 


Yarn-Thread-String will also highlight artists, craftspeople and creative entrepreneurs who use these fibres in unique and inspiring ways. Through this book, you'll gain a new and exciting perspective on what fibre is—and how we can use it to express our individuality, creativity and humanity.

CREATIVE AND CURIOUS

The ethos of the Encyclopedia of Inspiration series is that all volumes are of interest to creative and curious people—we are multi-passionate and find inspiration in all variety of topics, artistic mediums and creative expressions. It is precisely this diversity of topics, eclectic content and interesting juxtapositions that make the series so inspiring! You'll definitely want them all in your creative library!


Quality

Books in the Encyclopedia of Inspiration are beautifully printed in Canada on 100% post-consumer recycled paper stock (interior pages). They come with a bellyband and a dust jacket that can be folded to reveal one of four different designs—a feature that has become a signature of this book series.

Independent

UPPERCASE is an independent publisher. Our books are not available in big box stores or on Amazon. We do not have a book distributor in North America and the majority of our book sales are made directly via our online shop.

Stages

When you pre-ordering a book, you're supporting the many months of work required to make these books: curating, writing, editing, designing, prepress, printing—each of these stages is a vital part of the process. Your pre-order helps fund these stages along the way and ensures that the book has an appreciative audience waiting for its release.

Proven

Janine and UPPERCASE have a great track record for creating quality books and magazines. The magazine has been published consistently every quarter since 2009. UPPERCASE has a proven track record of getting things done, beautifully and as promised!



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Browse the other books in the Encyclopedia

Ceramics
Botanica (reprint)
Quilted
Vintage Life
Ephemera
Feed Sacks (reprint)
Encyclopedia Bundle USA ONLY
Encyclopedia Bundle CANADA ONLY
Yarn-Thread-String
Stitch•illo
Print / Maker

Book binders have created unique bindings for some of these titles. You can view the projects at the links below.
Thank you to Todd Pattison for organizing this initiative.


Feed Sacks Bindings

Stitch-illo Bindings

Ephemera Bindings
Vintage Life Bindings

Quilted Bindings