THE UPPERCASE ENCYCLOPEDIAS 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.
The following Encyclopedias of Inspiration by Canadian Magazine Uppercase are now available:
Vintage Life (featuring The Crafty Squirrel!)
Vintage Life is Volume V in the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration. The profiled 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!
448 pages of gorgeous, exuberant inspiration. A must-have for lovers of vintage aesthetics.
Quilted is Volume Q in the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration, an ongoing series of books released in whimsical (non-alphabetical) order on all manner of creative and curious topics.
The world of quilting is vast, with an infinite range of aesthetics, influences, heritage, and culture. Quilting reminds us of the artistry and ingenuity of our ancestors and allows us to explore our natural creativity. The craft slows us down in an ever-busy world and connects us to a welcoming community of kindred spirits.
With in-depth profiles and stories of individual quilts (384 pages!), this book pieces together quilters from professional connections and friendships that I've made over my years of publishing UPPERCASE magazine and designing three fabric collections for Windham Fabrics.
Ephemera is Volume E in the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration. This 448-page book features gorgeous and inspiring collections of vintage ephemera along with profiles of 30 creatives who make art and business through their collections. Collage artists, illustrators, type designers, graphic designers, creative entrepreneurs and more!
This Encyclopedia of Inspiration series is inspired by an old-fashioned way of looking at books. Ephemera is about indulging in the tactile and emotional quality of print and paper—and appreciating that even the smallest example of print on paper can last, so long as someone loves it.