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 7 gorgeous volumes, totalling 2,992 pages.

The Next 2 Volumes are in progress now:


(September/October release)

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.


(November/December 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.

Pre-Order the 2020 Encyclopedia Set for $130

All previous books in this series were crowdfunded successfully through pre-orders and the generous support of enthusiastic readers. (UPPERCASE has the best readers in the world!) Please show your support of independent publishing by pre-ordering Ceramics and Yarn-Thread-String today.

Encyclopedia pre-order Volumes C + Y
$130.00 CAD

includes worldwide shipping


$60.00 CAD

plus shipping

$60.00 CAD

plus shipping


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.


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. Pre-ordering is the best way to support this project and quickest way for you to receive the books directly from the printer when they're completed in 2020.


By pre-ordering the next 2 books, 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 the books' release!


Janine and UPPERCASE have a great track record for creating quality books and magazines. The magazine has been published consistently every quarter since 2009. The first seven Encyclopedia volumes were all completed and delivered as scheduled. UPPERCASE has a proven track record of getting things done, beautifully and as promised!


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!

Pre-Order the 2020 Encyclopedia Set for $130

You will receive Ceramics and Yarn-Thread-String when they are released in 2020.
The pre-order price includes shipping for the two books.


Encyclopedia pre-order Volumes C + Y


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Browse the other books in the Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia pre-order Volumes C + Y
Vintage Life
Print / Maker
Botanica - sold out
Feed Sacks (reprint)