Encyclopedia of Inspiration – Ephemera binding

I was recently tapped to participate in a binding project using unbound copies of Uppercase Magazine‘s Encyclopedia of Inspiration. I was surprised that I was picked – some heavy hitters have been chosen for previous editions.

That said, I accepted the challenge and now an unbound copy of Ephemera sits before me in all it’s naked glory. What have I gotten myself into?

Unbound pages of Ephemera book

Unbound pages of Ephemera book

So, this project I mentioned – what’s that all about? Well, Janine Vangool, publisher, editor and designer for Uppercase Magazine gives sixteen unbound copies of each book to bookbinders who then create covers based on the contents. The resulting bindings are unique in approach, with different covering materials, bookbinding structures and ornamentation techniques. When a new volume of the encyclopedia is published, the most recent binders select sixteen new binders to participate. 

Thankfully, I have an idea of how I might create my binding – if all goes well, it will incorporate things I collected during my 2016 trip to Japan. 

If you’d like to learn more about the different volumes included in the Encyclopedia of Inspiration series, check out these links:

And if you’d like to see the handbound volumes that have been completed to date, check out these links:

You can follow along on my binding journey here on my blog, or you can check out my Instagram feed. While you’re there, follow hashtag #bindephemera to see what all of the project participants are doing.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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