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Illu Erma

e-mail: illue(at)hotmail.com


1970–1975 Estonian State Art Institute, Department of Leather Art
1975–1986 Tartu Art School, teacher
Since 1986  teacher of leather art at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA), (1995–1998 associate professor, 1998–2008 professor, head of the Department of Leather Art)
1991 member of the Estonian Artists’ Association
Estonian Leatherwork Artists' Union, member of the board
Since 1976 has participated at exhibitions

Solo exhibitions:
1982 – Tartu Artists’ House
1990 – Adamson-Eric Museum
1993 – Tartu Art Museum

Selected exhibitions:
1977–1981 – spring and autumn exhibitions of artists in Tartu
1987 – exhibition of bookbindings of the Baltic republics, Estonian Applied Art Museum
1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 – International Exhibition of Artistic Bookbinding “Scripta manent”, Tallinn
1998 – exhibition of artist’s books “Collected Connections”, National Library of Estonia
1998 – exhibition of mini-books, Estonian Academic Library
1999 – exhibition of leather art “Kammpäkk”, Estonian Applied Art Museum
2001 – exhibition of bookbindings “String of Pearls: Memories of Adele Reindorff”, Estonian Academic Library
2001, 2007, 2009, 2011 – 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th World Biennial of Art Bookbinding, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, St Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, France
2001–2005 – exhibition of bookbindings “Wonderful World of Fairy Tales” dedicated to H. Chr. Andersen, Copenhagen, Odense, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Pärnu, Viljandi
2003, 2004 – exhibition of bookbindings “Fr. R. Kreutzwald 200”, Tallinn, Võru
2003, 2007, 2010 – international exhibition of bookbindings “Knyga/Book”, Vilnius, Lithuania
2003–2006 – exhibitions of the Department of Leather Art of EAA, Tallinn, Viljandi
2005 – “Bound Mudist”, Haus Gallery, Tallinn
2005 – International Exhibition of Bookbindings “Reliures du Monde”, Limoges, France
2008–2010 – exhibition of leather art “Paikkond”, Tallinn, Kohila, Viljandi, Rakvere, Võru
2009 – bookbinding exhibition "Estonian Traditional Culture", National Library of Estonia
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, Viljandi, Tallinn
2012 – exhibition of mini-books “Notes on Margins”, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Awards:
1998 – mentioned by the jury at the exhibition of mini-books, Estonian Academic Library
2010 – honourable mention at the International Exhibition of Artistic Bookbinding “Scripta manent IV”, Tallinn