When did you start letterpress printing?:
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
The tradition, the challenges it brings, and above all the beautiful results.
What inspires you?:
Flipping through old books, we get inspired by old illustrations and calligraphy. W have an in-house calligrapher who often makes new calligraphy designs for us, which we love to write and print! We are located in the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Tallinn Old Town which is an inspirational place in itself - seemingly endless collection of ethnographic artefacts constantly on display!
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
We use the following machinery: Heidelberg Windmill Red Ball (1967), Korrex Nurnberg (1972), Hohner Rapid 2 (1969), Krause Book Press, Tabletop Platen, and historical Krause Guillotine.
How would you describe your artwork?:
Traditional, inspired by calligraphy and old drawings. Simple and clean. We print on our own handade paper, which allows us to make a wonderfully deep impression when printing.
What kind of products do you create?:
Postcards, greeting cards, seed paper cards, calendars, wedding invitations, business cards, books...
Do you offer custom work?:
Where can we buy your products?:
Labora Shop, Vene 18, Tallinn, Estonia or labora.ee/shop
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
Yes, we offer single workshops on printing, papermaking and calligraphy. What we however recommend - especially if you travel from afar - are our week-long courses where we combine and experiment with all of these crafts. The results are wonderful!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?:
That in a way, every day is a challenge. But at least we never get bored :)