The Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders in co-operation with the Estonian Literature Center invites you to participate in the International Exhibition of Artistic Bookbinding Scripta Manent VI and seminar ARS Art Factory Project Space in Tallinn.

11 September – 3 October 2020.

Please download the following file:
Reglement – Word document

Topic – The philosophy of Estonian forest

For this exhibition the first edition of beloved Estonian writer Valdur Mikita`s book “Forestonia / Estwald / Mine metsa!” is printed in Estonian, English and German.

Every nation or an ethnic group who has lived in one place for a long time, has developed its own important landscapes, kind of soulscapes. For Estonians this is definitely forest.
Valdur Mikita

Who is Valdur Mikita?
Valdur Mikita is an Estonian writer, a biologist (b 1970) and semiotician, professor at Tartu University. He investigates a sense of life and relationships between psychology, landscape and culture. His messages about forest have deeply touched the readers of Estonia and are helping to reconnect modern people to local natural environment.

Mikita’s books are about the magic of Estonia’s forests, how to domesticate your home parish, why is it so important to awaken your inner ancient forester.

He became known in 2013 with his book “Linguistic Forest”. In 2015 he published the second part of the trilogy “Lindvistika or to Forest with all that Linguistics” and in 2016 the third book “Wild Linguistics: Whispers from the Village of Potato Worshippers" was issued. In his latest book, published last year and called “The Art of Listening to Chanterelle”, Mikita analyses the sense of life of Baltic Finns. (Kaie Kotov)

150 numbered printed copies

With this exhibition we continue the tradition of international bookbinding exhibitions dedicated to Estonian culture which started in 1995. All participants bind the same collections of text by Valdur Mikita. 150 copies will be specially printed for this event on 170 g Rives natural white paper. The book consists of 216 pages, page size is 20 x 29,7 cm.

For registration please fill the form opening the following link:
We have prolonged the date of registration. The new date of entry is 31 August 2019.

The participation fee is 90 Euros which covers the cost of a copy of the printed book, postal costs, printed catalogue and partially organizing costs.

Please make your payment via bank transfer to:

Receiver: Eesti Koitekunstnike Uhendus MTU / Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders; Ranniku Road 29-4, 12113, Tallinn, ESTONIA, reg. code 80005141
Bank: Swedbank AS, Liivalaia Street 8, 15040 Tallinn, Republic of Estonia
Reg. code: 10060701
IBAN code: EE032200001120170592
Reference: (your name) SM 2020

After the exhibition the books will be returned to the participants within one month. We will make also a digital catalogue of the exhibition available on a website.

The international jury will select three bindings awarded with artistic Golden Prizes. There will also be encouragement prizes and the student category prize. The participants name must not appear on the book. The members of the jury can participate in the exhibition, but not compete in the awards.

All participants will receive diplomas. The jury reserves the right to exclude artistically or technically inadequate works. The organizers of the exhibition reserve the right to take photographs of the exhibits and publish the photos in the catalogue of the exhibition, on the web page of the exhibition and in the Press with the intention of informing the public and introducing the exhibition.

We ask that your bookbindings should not exceed 30 x 30 x 30 cm and not weigh more than 3 kg. Please do not use Fedex as postal courier. For participants from outside Europe please write on your parcel “Temporary import” and the value of the book not more than 500 Euros.

The deadline for sending exhibits is 31 March, 2020 at the following address:

Mrs. Tähti Roostalu
Tallinn University of Technology Library
Bindery, Room LIB-141
Akadeemia Road 1
12618 Tallinn
Republic of Estonia

Mobile: +372 551 7376

For technical description of your binding please fill the form opening the following link:

The conference will take place on September 25, 2020 at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. The speakers and the programme are to be confirmed.

Important Dates
• Closing date for entry: 31 August 2019 – Digital Form:
• Books to be delivered before: 31 March 2020
• Opening of the exhibition & conference: 25 September 2020 in the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Põhja Ave 7