Category Archives: Art

June Winner: Randy Raysbrook

We put out a call for submissions to see how you were using your Epica books, journals and albums and the response was overwhelming. Every day we are amazed with the creativity of our clients and the chance to share in your photography, art, and writing. Thank you. Without further delay it is a pleasure to present the June 2009 winner: Randy Raysbrook

img_2594_3

A few links to Randy and his organization:
The Learning Journal
About the Raysbrooks’

Excerpts of an article titled Engaging People in Spiritual Conversation by Gwen Sellers. reprinted with permission from Randy Raysbrook.

“You remind me of Socrates and he’s my hero,” or so one student told Navigator Randy Raysbrook. Around the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus, Randy has been known as “the guy with the big book.” He has been asking students to write their thoughts in a large, leather-bound journal as a way of getting to know what’s on their hearts.

Randy has been with The Navigators for 26 years and is currently working in the Metro Mission. “Part of my job is to help The Navigators learn new ways to teach and learn, to create new ministry environments that are interactive, creative, and that connect with people,” Randy explains. “We need to continually learn about our audience. So I asked myself, since I had done campus ministry for years, ‘Are students the same today?’ And I know they’re not. So
that’s why I got this,” he says, pulling out his infamous journal. This particular large, handcrafted journal is made in Florence, Italy, and only one U.S. company is allowed to import them. “I think they’re magnificent,” Randy says, “So I bought one of these and I wanted to use it creatively while I was answering the question, ‘How have students changed?’ I want students to teach me what’s deep in their soul. So I knew a provocative question could start a good conversation.”

Journal and pen in hand, Randy begins the process. He walks up to students, targeting the nontraditional ones least likely to participate in any church-related activity, and asks permission to ask them a question. Showing the student his journal, he explains its Italian origins and his desire to use it for student thoughts. Before they agree to answer his question, Randy warns students that it is one they may not want to answer. He then tells them the two conditions to which they must agree: They must be brutally honest saying “exactly what’s on your heart,” and they must allow their answers to be read by other people.

“If you could write a note to God and tell Him anything you want, and He
would read it, what would you say?”


We congratulate Randy for his work with the students of the University of Colorado and in the community. Randy thank you for sharing your story, engaging people and inspiring them to think and self-reflect.

April Winner!

We put out a call for submissions to see how you were using your Epica books, journals and albums and the response was overwhelming. Every day we are amazed with the creativity of our clients and the chance to share in your photography, art, and writing. Thank you. Without further delay it is a pleasure to present the April 2009 winner: Brian J. Connolly. Brian forward sketches from his travels in both Ireland and Italy. Mr Connolly is a principal at Zivkovic Connolly Architects P.C. located in New York, New York, USA.(http://zivarch.com/) and after reviewing their portfolio and seeing Mr. Connolly’s sketches it would be a pleasure to work with them on a project.

Have something you would like to share? Send your scans and photos of your Epica book, journal or album to submissions [ at ] epica.com

Italy by Mr. Brian Connolly:

The Epica of Harry Potter, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and JK Rowling

Landed on the blog by accident? Click here to return to the main Epica homepage.

Sotheby’s recently auctioned an original edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, handwritten and illustrated by JK Rowling. The volume was an one of a kind custom journal with hand forged metal elements and filigree fitting the story and and Ms. Rowling’s Harry Potter style. One of seven copies in existence it was purchased by Amazon.com.

The purchase price was £1,950,000 (2,767,050 million U.S. dollars), and Ms. Rowling is donating the proceeds to The Children’s Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe.

The piece is truly an extraordinary work and mirrors several items in our catalog. The exquisite leather and paper closely resembles our Amalfi line while the overall concept emulates Epica’s old world Authentically Ornamented items.

Simply enjoy the links and images. It’s not often we find something of such perfection in both writing and craftsmanship.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is extensively illustrated and handwritten by JK Rowling–all 157 pages of it. It’s bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones.

There is no easy way to define the experience of seeing, holding, or reading J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard, so let’s just start with one word: “Whoa.” The very fact of its existence (an artifact pulled straight out of a novel) is magical, not to mention the facts that only seven copies exist in all the world and each of the never-before-told tales is handwritten and illustrated by J.K. Rowling herself (and it’s quite clear from the first few pages that she has some skill as an artist). Rowling’s handwriting is like the familiar scrawl of a favorite aunt–it’s not hard to read, but it does require attention–allowing you to take it slow and savor the mystery of each next word.

Amazingly beautiful in it’s presentation, detailing and story: The Tales of Beedle the Bard at Amazon and via Sotheby’s

It’s not often we get to show them off so please excuse the pitch but we have some exquisite journals similar in both concept and design, as well as our custom made solutions:

Epica 8×10 Leather Authentically Ornamented Handmade Italian Distressed Leather Journal
Epica 15×22 Worlds Second Largest Journal Full Authentic Restoration Journal
Need a custom made journal solution? Something to your exact specifications?