sirje kriisa11

Sirje Kriisa

Born 1950

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1971–1976 Estonian State Art Institute, Department of Leather Art
1976–1998 laboratorian, master, head of studio, teacher at the Department of Leather Art of the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Since 1998 designer bookbinder at the Department of Bookbinding of the National Library of Estonia.
Head of the organizing committee of the International Exhibition of Artistic Bookbinding “Scripta manent” I-III. Organizer and instructor of several courses, events, exhibitions and lectures on bookbinding.
Since 1985 member of the Estonian Artists’ Association
Since 1996 founding member and chairwoman of the Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders.
Since 1975 she has participated at leather art exhibitions with bookbindings, panels, fashion clothes, objects of utility and objects of art.

Selected exhibitions of bookbindings:
1978, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1997 – exhibitions of bookbindings, Tallinn, Leipzig, Oulu, etc.
1990 – international exhibition of bookbindings “Binding of Epos”, Estonian Applied Art Museum
1993 – “European Bookbindings ‘93”, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 – International Exhibition of Artistic Bookbinding “Scripta manent”, Tallinn
1996 – 5th Biennial of Bookbinding, Montreal, Canada
1997, 1999, 2007, 2009 – 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th World Biennial of Art Bookbinding, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, St Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, France
1997- international exhibition ”Artist’s Book” Paris, France
1997, 1998 – exhibition of artist’s books, Tallinn
1997 – Graphics and Bookbindings of the Baltic States , Leipzig, Germany
1998, 2002 – 1st and 2nd International Exhibition of Bookbinding as Art, Assisi, Macerata, Italy
1998 – exhibition of mini-books, Estonian Academic Library
1998 – exhibition of Baltic Art, Great Britain
1999 – exhibition of bookbindings “Useful Book”, National Library of Estonia
2002 – exhibition of bookbindings “The Very Best of Estonian Poetry”, Estonian Academic Library
2003 – exhibition of bookbindings “Radius of Books”, National Library of Estonia
2003, 2010 – international exhibition of bookbindings Knyga/Book”, Vilnius, Lithuania
2001–2005 – exhibition of bookbindings “Wonderful World of Fairy Tales” dedicated to H. Chr. Andersen, Copenhagen, Odense, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Pärnu, Viljandi
2006, 2007 – exhibitions of bookbinding art, National Library of Estonia
2007 – exhibition of paintings and bookbindings “a tempo liberi”, National Library of Estonia
2008 – exhibition of bookbindings “From Border to  Border, from Board to Board”, National Library of Estonia
2008 – exhibition-competition ”Poetic Bookbindings”, Academic Library of TLU
2009 – bookbinding exhibition "Estonian Traditional Culture", National Library of Estonia
2009 – bookbinding exhibition "9 sections", Tallinn Central Library
2010 – "Estonian Bookbinding", Tallinn Central Library
2011 – bookbinding exhibition "Kalevipoeg", Tallinn, Kohila, Pärnu
2011 – X FIRA International Exhibition of Contemporary Bookbinding, Bruges, Belgium
2011 – bookbinding exhibition "The Great Guild of Tallinn and the Guild Hall", Estonian History Museum
2012 – “Konrad Mägi. Bound”, Pärnu, Kohila, Tartu
2012 – exhibition of mini-books “Notes on Margins”, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

1978 – youth prize at exhibition of bookbindings, Tallinn
1998 – silver medal at the 1st International Exhibition of Bookbinding as Art, Assisi, Italy
1999 – the Urrugne town medal at the 5th World Biennial of Art Bookbinding, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
2000 – prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for organizing the International Exhibition of Artistic Bookbinding “Scripta manent II” in Tallinn