Workshops

Come visit our Labora workshops – you can try your hand at 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 and we will do our best to oblige.

The prices listed are for a 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 some 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: 16
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: 150 EUR
  • Possible languages of instruction: ENG, EST, RUS
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to do the workshops at a different location.

Letterpress Printing I

Our printmaker will introduce you to historical letterpress printing and guide you through the process of making your own print. You will have the possibility of drawing your own design on the spot. You will then make a polymer plate from it and then print it. -You can choose from several sizess 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 newly made prints.

  • Maximum number of participants: 6
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: 300 EUR
  • Possible languages of instruction: ENG, EST
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to do the workshops at a different location.

Letterpress Printing II

Our printmaker will introduce you to historical letterpress printing and guide you through the process of making your own print. You should first send us your prepared design at least three days ahead. When you come to our workshop, you will be able to make a polymer plate from your design, from which you will then use to print. You can choose from several sizes of our handmade paper. You will leave the workshop after several hours with your own newly made prints.

Note: Please send us your design in pdf format, max. A6 size, black and white, ideally vectorised. If any of this seems confusing to you, please contact us for further assistance, and we will help you to prepare the file. The most important thing is for you to draw your 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
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to do the workshops at a different location.

Seedbombs

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

  • Maximum number of participants: 30
  • Duration: 20 – 30 min
  • Price: 100 EUR
  • Possible languages of instruction: ENG, EST, RUS
  • Yes! We can do the workshop at different locations.

Introduction to Calligraphy

Come to our cosy scriptorium to explore 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 have a chance to try out a variety of different tools, both historical and contemporary. You will cut your own calligraphy pen from a reed and then try it out. You will leave the workshop with a bookmark (made of handmade paper by Labora) as well as your own reed pen in order to keep practising.

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

Calligraphy – Choose Your Style

Come to our cosy scriptorium to immerse yourself in 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 calligraphy techniques, show you how to use appropriate calligraphy tools, and guide you through your learning process. You will have time to play around with your chosen script, try out its various possibilities, and learn about its peculiarities. You will leave the workshop with your own bookmark (made of handmade paper by Labora) and a deeper understanding of your chosen style.

Please, let us know ahead of time which calligraphy style your group will choose:

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

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

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

Calligraphy Candle

In this calligraphy workshop you will create a calligraphy candle. Our calligraphy master will introduce you to the English script and show you some great pieces of calligraphy 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 a 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: ENG, EST, RUS
  • Yes! We can do the workshop at different locations!

Calligraphy Postcard

In this calligraphy workshop you will decorate a handmade and letterpress printed postcard made by Labora. Our calligraphy master will introduce you to the English script and show you some great pieces of calligraphy 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 then decorate it with a wax seal. You will leave the workshop with a hand enscribed postcard – or you can leave it with us and we will send it off by mail that very evening.

 

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

Calligraphy Lantern

In this calligraphy workshop you will make a paper lantern and decorate it with your own calligraphy. You will use unique handmade paper made by Labora. Our calligraphy master will introduce you to the English script and show you some great pieces of calligraphy 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 by 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 light a candle inside.

 

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