Workshops

Come visit the Labora workshops – you can try out papermaking, letterpress printing, and calligraphy.
Pick a workshop and book via e-mail:
info@labora.ee or telephone: +372 56 67 56 72.
Let us know if you have any special requests or ideas, we will do our best to oblige.

The prices listed are for the whole group.

Papermaking

During our papermaking workshop you will learn how to make paper by hand using traditional methods. You will spend some time at our paper making laboratory, dip your hands into paper pulp and end up with paper of your own making. As handmade paper needs some time to dry, you can stop by a few days after your workshop to pick it up. If you come from far away, we can mail it to you instead.

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 15
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: 150 EUR
  • Possible languages of instruction: EST, RUS, ENG
  • Possible to do workshop at a different location: No

Letterpress Printing I

Our printmaker will introduce the technique of historical letterpress to you and guide you through the process of making your own print. You will have the possibility to draw your own design on the spot. You will then make a polymer chliché out of it and print it; you can choose from several formats of our handmade paper. You can work on your own or join other participants to make a collective print, it’s up to you! You will leave the workshop after several hours with your own fresh prints.

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 6
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: 300 EUR
  • Possible languages of instruction: ENG, EST
  • Possible to do workshop at a different location: No

Letterpress Printing II

Our printmaker will introduce the technique of historical letterpress to you and guide you through the process of making your own print. You should send us your design at least two days ahead. When you come to our workshop, you will have the possibility to make a polymer cliché from your design, from which you will then print; you can choose from several formats of our handmade paper. You will leave the workshop after several hours with fresh prints of your own design.

Note: Your design should be in pdf format, max. A6 size, black and white, ideally vectorised. If any of this seems confusing to you, contact us for further assistance, we will help you with preparing the file. The most important thing is to draw the design using a black marker, min. width 1 mm. (No pencil or colourful drawings!)

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 6
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Price: 300 EUR
  • Possible languages of instruction: ENG, EST
  • Possible to do workshop at a different location: No

Seedbombs

Are you up for a quick and simple workshop? Get your hands messy with paper pulp and make some seedbombs! This workshop is ideal for larger groups which want to try out something fun, but have only limited time. It is also our favourite travelling workshop, easy to organise anywhere!

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 30
  • Duration: 20 – 30 min
  • Price: 100 EUR
  • Possible languages of instruction: EST, RUS, ENG
  • Possible to do workshop at different location: Yes

Introduction to Calligraphy

Come to our cosy scriptorium to look into the fascinating world of calligraphy. Our calligraphy master will show you calligraphy masterpieces of the West and outstanding work of contemporary calligraphers. You will learn about the basic principles of calligraphy and a have a chance to try out a variety of tools, both historical and contemporary. You will cut out your own calligraphy pen from a reed and try it out in practice. You will leave the workshop with a calligraphically scribed bookmark (made of handmade paper by Labora and a reed pen of your own.

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 16
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Price: 250 EUR
  • Calligraphy master: Tatiana Iakovleva
  • Possible languages of instruction: EST, RUS, ENG
  • Possible to do workshop at different location: Yes

Calligraphy – Choose Your Style

Come to our cosy scriptorium to immerse yourself into the fascinating world of calligraphy. Our calligraphy master will introduce you to the style of your choice and show you calligraphy masterpieces of the past and present. She will explain the technique of scribing, show you how to use appropriate calligraphy tools and guide you through your learning process. You will have time to play around with the script, try out its possibilities, and learn about its peculiarities. You will leave the workshop with a calligraphically scribed bookmark (made of handmade paper by Labora) and a deeper understanding of your chosen style.

Please, let us know ahead, which calligraphy style you will choose as a group:

English Script – one of the most beautiful and difficult calligraphy scripts with an elegant and harmonical flow; pointed nib pen.

Old Slavic Ligature – used in old slavic manuscripts, with many regional peculiarities, you will learn how to link letters into words; italic nib pen.

Gothic Texture – get inspired by medieval Tallinn itself – learn about the specific rhythm of gothic letters which were used for centuries throughout Europe; italic nib pen.

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 16
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Price: 250 EUR
  • Calligraphy master: Tatiana Iakovleva
  • Possible languages of instruction: EST, RUS, ENG
  • Possible to do workshop at different location: Yes

Calligraphy Candle

In this calligraphy workshop you will create a calligraphy candle. Our calligraphy master will introduce the English script to you and show you some great pieces of art created using this historical script. You will learn how to work with a pointed nib pen and you will have time to practise and play around, trying out various shapes and letters. In the end you will write down your desired quote or holiday wish and transfer it to the candle using the decoupage technique. You will leave the workshop with a calligraphy candle, which can serve as a wonderful gift for any occasion.   

Candles are included in the cost of the workshop, you can however bring a candle of your own – it can be any colour or shape except spherical.

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 16
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Price: 250 EUR
  • Calligraphy master: Tatiana Iakovleva
  • Possible languages of instruction: EST, RUS, ENG
  • Possible to do workshop at different location: Yes

Calligraphy Postcard

In this calligraphy workshop you will scribe and decorate a handmade and letterpress printed postcard made by Labora. Our calligraphy master will introduce the English script to you and show you some great pieces of art created using this historical script. You will learn how to work with a pointed nib pen and you will have time to practise and play around, trying out various shapes and letters. In the end you will write down your message using home-made ink on a handmade postcard, and decorate it with a wax seal. You will leave the workshop with a hand scribed postcard – or you can leave it with us and we will send it off on that very evening.

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 16
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Price: 250 EUR
  • Calligraphy master: Tatiana Iakovleva
  • Possible languages of instruction: EST, RUS, ENG
  • Possible to do workshop at different location: Yes

Calligraphy Lantern

In this calligraphy workshop you will make a paper lantern and decorate it with calligraphy. You will use unique handmade paper made by Labora. Our calligraphy master will introduce the English script to you and show you some great pieces of art written in this historical script. You will learn how to work with a pointed nib pen and you will have time to practise and play around, trying out various shapes and letters. You will then make a paper lantern and decorate it combining two techniques: paper cutting and calligraphy. Advanced participants can carve out a calligraphy monogram. You will leave the workshop with your own handmade paper lantern – and your message will shine beautifully whenever you lit a candle inside.

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 16
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Price: 250 EUR
  • Calligraphy master: Tatiana Iakovleva
  • Possible languages of instruction: EST, RUS, ENG
  • Possible to do workshop at different location: Yes