September 22, 2007
Originally uploaded by Duc N. Ly.
Oh boy…it’s been a while since I posted here. Some of you may have missed us. Ducce and I have been hanging out in Second Life exploring the University of Ohio Campus, Science Friday, and generally meeting some wonderful people. I thought I post something light and easy to ease back into the mode. This is a ink drawing test on Amalfi hand made paper from Epica. This is in a series of random drawings maybe subconsciousness reaching and connecting to the inner field.
April 10, 2007
Earlier, I received a comment from Tari Mannello, the president of Epica regarding a redesign of their website. The new site is up and it’s gorgeous. Some of the post from this blog is featured as well as Toni Hayes’ photographs of her Epica Journal collections. There is a blog on blogger dedicated to news. Epica has teamed up with the Jenni Bick, the re-known bookbinder, to create a unique guest book for San Ysidro Ranch. Jeni’s work has been feature on notebookism several times. Her more causual blog, also on blogger, has a series of informative photographs to explain how a book is put together. It takes you from the handmade Amalfi pages to the folded signatures and then to the final binding.
April 2, 2007
Another sketch on Amalfi paper. I finally got a hold of a decent scanner so be ready to be bombarded with scans.
Update: Epica has redesigned their website which includes a blog and This page is featured!!:
March 7, 2007
Hand torn page edge, there’s also a hand-cut deckled edge. Book making has some fun nomenclatures.
update: 3/30 I recently watched ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone’, and glimpsed at the notebook with a very similar hand made page and deckled edge. I wonder if Epica provide the the authentic props.
An Epica spine in the maner of victor schrager.com
The pencil test: club-on-epica-amalfi-paper
March 1, 2007
I’m excited to report that my Journal has arrived. UPS shipping is fast and convenient, with the ability to track it on the web or in your email notification or text message alert on your mobile phone.
Thank you Tari. (When I wrote to Epica, it was to the info customer service email. Little did I know that Tari, the president of Epica would answer my inquires.)
The Epica box fits snuggle into the UPS box. Epica has thought of everything.
Here are a few pictures of the Epica Amalfi Journal.
The great spin is very durable. It also opens to lay flat. Three place of stitched binding. It looks like one of those journal from the Medieval Monastery. The journals come in a variety of sizes. This journal is 6×9 in size.
The leather is ‘oh my gosh’ buttery soft and it feels so great in my hands. Like Toni said, it does feel like I’m carrying a bible. I’ve seen journals that purport to be leather, but nothing is as refined and detailed as this Epica journal. I can see the pores and the tiny fine supple wrinkles of the leather. I choose to personalized mine with initials and the Fleur de lys in a copper reddish tone. Looks great on this lighter leather version. One can request a logo of one’s choice. It’s great for corporate gifts with personalized company logo such as a Mercedes symbol.
The cloth bag is a nice touch. Fleur de ly seems to be a symbol for a few of the paper mills of Italy. There is a 20% discount for the journals with the Fleur de lys emblem. These items are becoming limited and soon to be collectors item. Epica is shipping new journals with out the emblem. If you still want the Fleur de lys, the website will allow you to personalize it.
Signum is a very hard word to track down.
Hand made paper has some tooth to it. Great for charcoal and inks. It soaks up the fountain pen ink very well, indeed. There is no bleed through at all. However, as the pamphlet warns: “If you are fortunate enough to own an Amalfi journal, remember that a fountain pen may cause the ink to skip.” It only skips on the Amalfi handmade paper. The skip isn’t too noticible. I think it’s fine for my fountain pen. The tooth is great for pencil or charcoal drawings. I wrote in my book straight away because (like bungee jumping, don’t hesitate or you may not do it at all.) Don’t hesitate, you may not write in it for a long time. “One final caveat: don’t let yourself be intimidated or afraid to write in or mount pictures in your Epica book. Believe it or not it’s our most common concern from our clients. Capture your most treasured memories & explore your life on paper. It will change you forever.“
The corners of some Amalfi pages have a watermark of an anchor, perhaps to reflect the coastal town of Amalfi. Notice the warm and fussy edges of the paper. No paper cuts here.
February 28, 2007
Originally uploaded by gadget8me2.
I absolutely love the Epica journals. I have maybe 50 journals altogether and it’s mostly a result of looking for that perfect one but having it never be quite right. Since I found the Epica journals though, they are all I use. I don’t write in anything else…..ever! My first one was the 6X9 extra thick (its the perfect size and feels like an old bible in your hands) I filled that one up and then I got the 8×10 handcut (it’s cut so the page ends are kind of staggered giving it that old world look). I use the 8×10 to write in notes on a book I’m researching. Then when I filled up the 6×9 book I got another one because I use these as a regular journal. You can really jam a lot of stuff into it without the spine breaking (granted you may need a band to keep it closed but the spine will not break) I advise against stuffing too much into the book though because it can become a monster and it will stretch! It just won’t break. I also have the smaller 6×8 handcut journal that I use strictly as a work journal. I work in a lab and I bought it on my first day of work and I write everything in it from office spats to what I’m doing in the lab that day. I usually write in it when I first get to work in the morning. Then lastly, I have the monster 4 inch thick 8×10 super thick handcut journal they just made. This thing was expensive and to be honest I haven’t really done anything with it yet but I had to have it!
The cost is rather expensive but for the 6×9 extra thick journals it’s about $90 and I would say that it’s worth every bit! It will last forever and you will be the envy of your friends. Buy that one and tell me you don’t love it! I know this is a lot but hey you asked! lol
Check out her blog with ancient writing machines: analogscribble.blogspot.com
February 26, 2007
(above is a picture from Epica)
Let’s go to Amalfi. I’m tired of the rainy Oregon weather. I like this photograph because it has a sense of adventure, travel, and luxury. When I first came across this, it took me by surprise as the general look of Epica is very traditional.
Epica has a line of hand-made paper from the Italy region of Amalfi. I remember first time hearing about this region was in a GQ magazine. At the time, it was a great travel destination for the trend setters. It was their new “secret spot”. Little did I know that there is a great ancient tradition of paper making that dates back to the 14th century.
Since 1380, the Amalfi mills have produced paper from fine cottons; using the first developed methods from the Medieval Ages. Historically, Amalfi cost is renown as the finest paper mill in Europe. Today, there are only two such paper mills on the coast of Italy. Epica imports the paper and the pages are bound by hand. One of the first city in Italy, perhaps Europe, to make paper. The Museum of Paper is dedicated to the city’s craft.