From 23rd to 25th May 2024 TYPA centre is hosting the annual Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM) conference, bringing together print museums, print artists, researchers and enthusiasts from across Europe and on a global scale. Over three days conversations, lessons and exchanges will contribute to the active survival and exchange of knowledge.
Print heritage, the history of communication, its life long skills and intangible knowledge are at a constant state of uncertainty. Print museums are down to their last survivors, what is the future for these organisations? With more artists and designers taking an active role in the future of print?
How can we use our combined skills, utilise fully the collections we have and connect with audiences today? The Arts of Survival, during global uncertainty, environmental uncertainty, and heritage uncertainty is now more key than ever. However, in the face of it all, new approaches, innovative ideas and a younger generation of enthusiasts keeps the print museum alive.
The Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM) conference is an annual event bringing together print museums, print artists, researchers and enthusiasts from across Europe and on a global scale. Over three days conversations, lessons and exchanges will contribute to the active survival and exchange of knowledge.
Specialists of type design, print, and all aspects of historical and contemporary letterpress will discuss alternative perspectives and possible futures of the process. Demonstrations and practical activities will take place during the conference activities from international and local artists and practitioners.
Date: 23rd to 25th May 2024
Location: TYPA MTÜ, Kastani 48f, Tartu 50410
new ideas and the future of print.
Live Demonstrations: International and local artists will show their skills and techniques.
Group Discussions: Attendees can share their knowledge and think of ways to use current resources better and face challenges.
Who Should Attend? Anyone interested in print, whether you’re an artist, researcher, or just curious, will find value in this conference.
What’s more? As Tartu is the Culture capital of Europe this year, there is a lively list of events to discover by Tartu 2024 parallel to the conference! We advise you see what the program has to offer and perhaps even prolong your stay if possible. See Tartu 2024 programme and Visit Tartu for inspiration.
Registration is now open!
Tickets for the 3-day conference:
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This year, you’ll have the opportunity to attend talks by both local and international speakers: Arina Stoenescu (RO), Ivar Sakk (EST), Lina Nordstrom (SWE), Aimur Takk (EST), Maria Muuk (EST), Jan Erik Øvergård (NOR), Ion and Dana Georgescu (RO), Darius Zubrickas (LT), UPUPÆPOP (CZE) and Ian Gabb (ENG).
There will be a section for AEPM members to present, please submit your proposal (Name of institution and speaker, Title of your talk and a brief description) to Charlotte@typa.ee, before 24th of April 2024.
See below for detailed introduction to the print specialists performing in 2024.
Arina Stoenescu is dedicated to bilingual children’s books – where typography is at centre, captivated by book history, and always interested in the materiality of text. She was born in 1969 in Bucharest, left Romania in 1987 and has lived in Stockholm since 1989. A graduate of Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design, she is now working as lecturer in media technology at Södertörn University, book publisher and translator, and as a PhD candidate in the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University, Book history with the topic: Typography and Politics in Communist Romania 1948–1989.
In 2010 she started the first independent type design and typography courses in Swedish higher education. She also works as designer and editor for the micro publishing house pionier press with a special interest in bilingual children’s books, children’s culture, typography, and Romanian subjects. Since 2014 she has been working as museum educator at the Swedish Open Air museum Skansen’s own printing shop, Officina Typographica.
Ivar Sakk is a designer and design historian based in Tallinn. He graduated from the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR in the field of Industrial Art in 1986, following which he worked as a freelance graphic designer in the offices of Graaf, Vaal Disain and Sakk & Sakk. Ivar has taught at The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) since 2003 and served for many years as the Department Head and Professor (2005-2015). In 2012 Ivar received his PhD in Graphic Design from EKA for a dissertation on the history of typography, and published a publication Aa kuni Zz (Aa to Zz). Sakk won a bronze medal at the 2013 Best Book Design from all over the World competition for the work.
Sakk’s design has appeared on the pages of Novum, Graphis, Print and Communication Arts, and his articles on design have been published in Sirp, Eesti Ekspress, Estonian Art, Kunst.ee and Typo. His posters have been exhibited at numerous exhibitions around the world and are included in the collections of Victoria & Albert Museum, Toyama Art Museum, Moravian Gallery, Warsaw Poster Museum, Lahti Art Museum, Colorado State University and others.
Lina Nordenström is an artist, working primarily with letterpress and artists books. She is based in Stockholm and Västmanland, Sweden. Since 2009 she is studio manager at GG Print Studio in the remote village Uttersberg, together with her husband and colleague Lars Nyberg. The studio is running residence programs, workshops and regularly arranging seminars on different themes connected to printmaking and artists books. She is also one of the founders of the recently formed NLN, Nordic Letterperss Network, which is about to evolve.
Between 2006 and 2018 she was teaching regularly, primarily at The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design and The College of Printmaking Arts in Stockholm, but also at EKA in Tallin 2022. Since 1995 she has been exhibiting regularly in Sweden and internationally. Education: Gothenburg University 1982-85, The College of Printmaking Arts in Stockholm 1989-94 and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 2000-2002.
Aimur Takk is a freelance designer focusing mainly on typefaces and visual identities. He graduated from the Department of Graphic Design of the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA GD) in 2016 and has studied type design at HfG Offenbach (2015–2016) and ÉCAL (2018–2020). Aimur has created custom typefaces for IDA Radio, Tallinn Music Week, ERKI Fashion Show and others. Together with Andree Paat, he runs the type foundry Tüpokompanii. He has been a visiting lecturer at EKA GD since 2017 and one of the initiators of ??? Summer School in Estonia.
Maria Muuk is a freelance graphic designer and researcher. She holds a BA from EKA GD (2016) and an MA from the Critical Studies Department at the Sandberg Instituut in the Netherlands (2019), and is mainly practicing as an editorial graphic designer within various Estonian cultural institutions. She has been researching Estonian print design heritage since 2020, co-curating the exhibition “A Book Designer’s Studio. Jüri Kaarma and Late Soviet Graphic Design” at the Estonian Applied Art and Design Museum (winner of the best temporary exhibition award 2022).
Dana and Ion Georgescu are the founders of The Paper Mill (Moara de hârtie) social economy project in Comana, Romania. The Paper Mill, together with the Comana Crafts Village, are a cultural and social project, unique in Romania, that aims at supporting the community through creative use of book-related and traditional crafts.
The Paper Mill, inaugurated in 2011 in Comana, is a living museum hosting the biggest collection of letterpress printing and bookbinding historical equipment in Romania. In 2013 they opened the only handmade paper mill built in the XXIst century.
In 2016, six more Romanian traditional crafts workshops were added, to form the Crafts Village, and since 2020 the complex has also a kitchen, a certified social enterprise, providing food for visitors and also offering free food for vulnerable persons from the community.
Darius is a museologist in the department of Military History at Vytautas the Great War Museum, one the oldest museums in Lithuania. The department works on exhibitions and research of various historical data, events. Darius will be representing with a relative of the original founder the Underground printing house “AB”, now a branch of the war museum.
Established and run at great personal risk by the late Vytautas Andziulis (1930-2018) and Juozas Bacevičius (1918-1995), during the last decade of the Soviet occupation the AB Underground Printing House operated under a greenhouse in Andziulis’ garden on the outskirts of the city. Dug by hand between 1978 and 1980, during its lifespan the printing house published 23 clandestine titles dealing with subjects ranging from Lithuanian history to religion and poetry, all on a hand-cranked machine built from miscellaneous spare parts.
Upupæpop is a visual design and letterpress studio from Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic, created by Eva and Jakub Horský.
Eva works with a wide range of techniques, which result in varied forms of book, commercial and free illustrations. She is a sought-after author of illustrations not only for children’s books, but also for interior elements and visual applications in the space. Jakub stands as a graphic designer straddling the worlds of traditional graphic techniques and contemporary digital editors. In his work, he tries to constantly connect these two worlds and look for creative outlets and technological combinations in them.
Since 2014, they have been performing under the common name Upupæpop. Their portfolio includes collaborations with large festivals and cultural events as well as small realizations for fun. Their letterpress workshop is an independent experimental space for traditional printing and low-tech production from paper and fabrics. An island of analog freedom, haptic experience and slow thinking. Both are also teachers at the Department of Fine Arts, at the Faculty of Education of the University of Hradec Králové, where they share their skills with their students and try to infect the future generation of artists and art teachers with their enthusiasm.
Ian Gabb, aka The Letterpress Monster, is a trained graphic designer and is currently the letterpress technician at the Royal College of Art in London. Ian is passionate about the Monotype casting system and spends his free time traveling to various locations around Europe helping to maintain and run Monotype casting machinery. He is a frequent visitor to the Tipoteca in Italy and works with Patrick Goossens in his collection in Antwerp, Belgium. Recently he has assisted with getting TYPA’s Monotype caster into working order, after over thirty years of inaction. Aside from that, Ian is what might be called a vinyl junkie, being the proud owner of a sizeable, and eclectic record collection.