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International Lithographic Symposium 2015 - Resumé

VII International Symposium of Litography, Tidaholm, 27-31 July 2015


Aide-mémoire by Nille ()

Appologies for any mistakes on names and facts and anything in the text that could come across as offensive to the reader or lecturer or anybody.


Monday July 27

Official opening on Vulcanön (Vulcan Island) of exhibitions and symposium.

Tuesday July 28


1. Jan af Burén: Chromolitography in Sweden during the 19th century.

Art historian and author of books on lithography. Previously employed by the National Museum of Art, Stockholm.


Full lecture available on web site until September 1:


1830-1840 colour printing became a commercial product. Wine labels etc.


1848 one of the first in Sweden. Trade and commerce in China. Meyer.

1849-1851 Gripsholm.

1859 first magazine Litografiskt allehanda. C A Dahlström’s print: Cristmas Market Stortorget in Stockholm.


School prints. "Bilderark" - pictures of animals and plants 1870s.

Matchbox etiquetes.

Maps. Generalstabens litografiska anstalt (important printshop of the army)

Business cards, invitation cards.

Price lists.


Artists avoided colour litography at length, as the context was perceived as too commercial...


2. Bo Jemseby - 65 years as image maker

Apprentice in photography 1949-1955

The Jemseby method for advanced colour reproduction - Bo and his father.

Selling and mounting equipment all over the world.




Photo books.

Camera back masking.

Good for falsifications!

Jemseby hybrid: Förskjutning av raster =Displacement of half tone pattern (?)


3. Peter Stephan: Grafikwerkstatt Dresden and Journeyman's walk

Master printer, leader of workshop.

Presenting the people, presses and prints. History and spirit. Elly Schreiter. Claus Weidensdorfer.

”Algrafi”. Using aluminium plates.

Garamond types in 8 languages (not English)


Journeyman's walk: a nice way to train new printmakers.


Send ideas!

Purpose: Train young people to become "European master printers" and rescue old printshops.



European network for development and education in printmaking.

2013 the annual workshop/meeting was held in Dresden. Film.


Peter's idea: coloured sponges.


4. Advertisement from Hugo Bos - sells printmaking material and equipment



5.  Peter Stephan shows a film from Dresden: A workshop with 7 artists.

Film 2 about Aluprint.




6. "Sites of memory". Curator Marta Raczek and the artists talked about the current exhibition in Litografiska museet (the Litho museum). Artists Piotr Panasiewicz and Endi Poskovic. How the exhibition came into being.


Piotr: passion for landscapes and Italian cars

Jean-Pierre Melville, Rosa Pantern, french coats

Films from his childhood

Andrzej Wajda

Warsaw of 1960s

Comics by Igort (Italy) and Will Eisner (USA)


Endi Poskovic:

The paradox of the remembered landscapes

For fifteen years mostly very large woodcuts

But also litography

An attempt to listen

”In different iterations there are many different narratives embedded”

Childhood in former Jugoslavia

”iceberg” from aluminium foil

Animations eroding rocks

Workshops in the printshop
this day and other days during the week

  • Angela Schröder: ”Autographic re-print (?) – autografischer Umdruck. How to make and use ”Umdruckspapier” (=Reprint paper?)

  • William (Bill) Haberman: Waterless litography (using silicon)

  • Marja Godoy and Jorge Rodriguez: Lithography and book making – a project during the week

  • Aldrik Salverda: portable printing press

  • Anna Trojanowska: Lithography on marble stone

  • To watch: Ernst Hanke printing artwork by Gittan Jönsson

Evening performance: Michael Leslie and Ulla von Gemmingen "From the diary of a fly" Bela Bartok Mikrokosmos - Michael on piano, Ulla showing photos made with electro microscope of parts of the wing of a fly.


Wednesday, July 29


Trip to the town Borås.

  1. Visit to Ålgården workshop and gallery

Nice place at the river Viskan.

Tommy Ohlsson, leader of the printshop presented who they are and what they do. Facilities for litho ( on plate), screen print, glass fusing, etching, engravings.

Education, training, workshops

The gallery, exhibitions

There are two rooms for artists in residence.

Check website!



2. Visit to Abecita konstmuseum, in the premises of the former Abecita underwear factory

Sweden's biggest, private collection of modern graphic art.

Early treasures by, amongst others, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney and Louise Bourgeois

Now owned by a foundation, but built up by the owners of the underwear company, Mr and Mrs Swegmark, who guided the group through the exhibitions.


Back in Tidaholm, the association Litografins vänner (Friends of the Lithography) invited everybody to dinner with live music, all very appreciated. (Great dancing.)


Thursday, July 30


Announcement by Simon Burder, London:

Facebook group Stone Litography Community. List of lito-printshops around the world. Open for viewing also by non-facebook members.



1. Printmaker Jürgen Zeidler: The story about Alois Sehnefelder and other peculiar things.

(Jürgen made his first litography in 1963. Since then established three workshops, the most recent together with Angela Schröder – die Saalspresse in a small place in northern Germany)


There is an old book about Alois Sehnefelder, 360 pages. Written by his contemporary Franz Maria Ferchl.

AS was a trained and practising lawyer, an actor, an author of seven published theater plays, a practising mechanic (made thirty different print presses)

But most outstanding: he invented litography.

Other inventions were ”paperography”, stereotypi (?), a ”notation-dotter”, a cobolt ink and a zeppelin.


An important supporter of A S:

Franz Gleisner, a musician. They worked together, first in order to print and publish sheet music, much cheaper than with copper intaglio


Another fan was the young Franz Maria Ferchl

Collected all available information about AS

Collected his things, even digged up his grave and took his right arm and skull which were preserved and exhibited in a museum


They all new each other, lived in the same place and belonged to the same social strata


About the invention of litography:

The Solnhofen stones were already used for engravings, etching etc

AS and Gleisner managed to commercialize litography from start and it spread fast. AS was ntensively developing the method.

Sold the idea to publisher of musical notes/sheet music

The brothers of AS all left acting and became print makers, the sister sold the prints


A combination of gum and acid is still the best available method for etching lithography stones

According to AS, the most important aspect of the invention was printing notes with entirely white background


Alois Sehnefelder was a literate man, gifted rethorician, could speak for hours, as young an excellent student, especially in drama and poetry. Excentric. Had always dirty hands, was always working. Generous. The wife managed the household and the money, made sure there was enough to eat. AS lived a long life and died rich, in 1845. The widow left a fortune that contributed to finance local hospital and orphanage


  1. Tabor presse, Kreuzberg, Berlin


Jan Pelkofer presenting. Master printer and son of one of the founders.

Pictures on localities and presses

How they started in 1982, the presses were brought in through the windows.

Before Kreuzberg had become a trendy place


Lots of Berlin artists

Film: draw a line.    www.drawaline.de


  1. Ellen Sturm, Hamburg: From sculpture to print making - about her work.


Currently at Department of Design at HAW, Hamburg, University of applied sciences, where she leads the printshop. Lots of presses and space and students.


Born in Döbeln, Sachsen, East Germany,

1984 expatriation and move to West G.

Studied and worked in Bremen and Hamburg

People and their stories. Portraits.

Plaste (?). Bronz casting.Wax scetches

Hand-made prints, workshop with husband Peter Loeding from 1988

Wood cuts and other techniques.



Film: ”Ein film für Peter Loeding”, who passed away in 2013.


  1. Sahra Pike, print maker: Intuitive repetition - 10 North American print makers


Erika Adams, Montreal, Concordia university

Michael Krueger, Kansas

Serena Perrone, grow up in Saint Louis and Sicily

”A volcano pilgrim in exchange for fire”

Joseph d'Uva

Lydia Diemer, family of collectors

Amze Emmons

Kevin Haas

Sarah Pike (printed with Ernst and Erika hanke)

Jon Swindler

Jon Swindler and Mike MoFa (sculptures)

Shannon Collins: Conductive ink > music!


Many using mixed media and creating instantly at the press




4. Nina Bondeson presents the winners of the prizes. After the jury had looked at the 500 works exhibited in Tidaholm during the symposium, the following artists were selected.

Other jury-members: Jim Berggren, Marta Raczek.

1a PRIS (2.000 €)


Juryns motivering (på Eng): In a strong connection to traditionthe artist makes us meet the present. The images partake in an eager oscillating movement from detail to wholeness that encourages the beholder to take the responsability of the interpreter. Questions can be asked. Answers can be suggested or re-negotiated. The meaning of art steps in and declares that the communication is on.

2a PRIS (1.000 €)


Juryns motivering (på Eng): Awarded prints are characterised by extraordinary freshness and youthfullness. They are allso marked bya great sense of colour and perfection of execution, which does not intefere with freedom and power of theimage. they may be somehow perseived as an iconic to thecontemporary world and as a way in which we imagine cosmos. Once it was percieved as an obscure, distanced and mysterious. Today it is seen more as a configuration of images produced with use of electronic devices. But even if better examined, stillit resembles maze rather than an organized archive of detailed data.

3a PRIS (Fritt arbete och boende vid Tidaholms Litografiska verkstad under 1 månad.
Dessutom ingår material för 150 €)


Juryns motivering (på Eng):
An artist that gives us a strengthening reminder through bits and pieces of everyday life that drizzles by. Things of greater or lesser importance. The comfort of a rainy day when nothing much takes place- the richness in observing or takingnotice of the ordinary. The soft grey of rain makes everything matter.


5. Kaja Syrjä -lithography, natural colours and handmade paper



Åland now. (There are two residencies to apply for, see www.kultur.ax)

Litho, collage, hand coloured, sewn, screen print

Collecting earth -> pigments

Katja and Tiina Vainio paper project

Phragmites australis = common reed, taking over coastal areas

Reed paper

Exhibition currently in Åland, Eckerö post- och tullhus.


6. Nina Bondesson, artist and chairman Grafik i väst:

Quoting Fernando Pessoa: "Life has a devastating impact on our ability to explain with words what life is".


Art should be part of every child’s language education.

What does it take to make something possible?

Which relation to verbal language or artefacts?

The verbal invasion...

Need to re-negotiate the understanding of art


ENDEGRA. Contact person Jim Berggren: www.endegra.org

European netork for education and development in printmaking

Started in Mölndal 2009

Nessecity of providing alternative to academisation of art educations

Exchange practical knowledge

No statutes

Ad hoc arranged meetings every year, last year 2014 Tidaholm, Skövde


Göran Bordy, chairman Grafiska sällskapet samt secretary Grafik i Väst:

about Journeyman's walk – application sent to EU, Creative Europe. Not yet approved but ”encouraged”.

Project owner Grafik i väst, partnering with Dresden and Odense




Artistic knowledge

2 years 200 000 euro


Film: Endegra 2014 on Youtube. Check!



Friday, July 31


1. Per Andersson, about La Ceiba Grafica

Started to work at University in Veracruz as a young printmaker, but the workshop was almost empty so they had to find equipment and material. Started to make it. Marble instead of German lime stones. Marble in Mexico has the right qualities. And the litho stones they make are not so heavy, can be carried around.

Make rollers, boil linseed oil and make ink, recepies for black ink from Dresden, trial and error, build their own presses out of wood, made equipment for transporting large stones. (Mexico has great carpenters.)

Now they have set up 36 workshops in different places in Mexico, mostly in universities. This finances Ceiba Gráfica.

Have even sent litho press to Cambodja! Not more than 500 kilo


PA invented machine to strip cotton towels for paper making. Made their own Hollanders.


The power of drawing - > there will be a living paper museum. Made from old coffee store house ruin.

Kosu tree cultivation for paper ( as they do in Japan)

Studio for book binding

Letter press


Importance of being able to draw!

”The hand must be able to show what the heart is feeling”, said Jim Dime ( Per fully agrees)


Philosophy: Use what you have in front of you. Per's dream - view of Vera Cruz


2. Wim Jonkman : Why do I make what I make?

Or Why do I make the lithos that I make?

47 years of making lithographies

Colour litho in Paris

Atelier in Montmarte

Never trust reality, that you see really is what it is

David Hockney collage inspired (and many others)

French philosopher:

”The street you can see but the town you imagine”

Back to Holland

Uithuizermeeden, NL

Professor at University and own atelier/printshop

Academie Minerva and Steendrukkerij Obelisk

15 short Youtube films: lalitokingsizefineartlithography


King size lithography.


3. Marja Godoy and Jorge Rodriguez from Mexico:

Publishing company, Eolica Grupo Editorial

Publicación Judas

Making books with litho

Easier than xylographie

Handmade books with ok prices

Also social purpose

We prefer to be in the world with the ink and the paper

We fell in love with lithography. It's so open and clear.

Chan - a spirit that is guardian of the water. Book under production during the symposium.

A snake with a crown on its head, born in the water


4. Petar Milev: National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria - historical overview and current practise


Founded 1896

Petar is master printer of the academy, teacher and artist

Pictures of drawings and prints from masters and students

Emphasis on capabilities to draw naturalistic drawings, to know the basics

Short film


Also showing his own and other originals of litographic prints from the Academy



5. Pawel  Frackiewicz - Academy of art and graphic in Wroslaw. Faculty of printmaking


Litography, 3d, cross overs, mixed media

Sponsored by municipality of W. Many guest lecturers, visiting artists

Giving students the principles and freedom to chose


The Wroclaw school of printmaking. Built up the studio


Katalogue, handbook


Piano concert in the Helliden castle: Michael Leslie presenting and playing late works of Beethoven


Final meal and bar in Marbodal.



To contact us with any questions you may have:
e-mail: lito@helliden.se
Phone: (+46) 073-6234486