Rita Lass was born 1979 in Berlin and now lives in Halle/Saale, Germany. She is a book-artist who creates one-off bindings and decorated papers, as well as artist’s books and prints. Rita is also a founding partner of Goldene Esel, studio for book restoration, period bindings, and facsimiles.
Rita started out by serving a three-year bookbinding apprenticeship, followed by an intensive half-year internship with Boguslav Radis, book and paper restorer, based in Lübeck. 2003 saw Rita move to Halle, where she took up her studies of Conceptional Book Art at Burg Giebichenstein, University for Art and Design, graduating in 2010. Rita set up her studio for fine art books in 2011.
She balances the time spent in solitude in her studio with collaborations that take her out and about. Rita is an active part of the group hr.fleischer e.V. which owns a corner kiosk that is run as an art-and-project space in Halle. She considers her collaborations an important part of her personal artistic processes and appreciates how one feeds back to the other. Rita is an active member of Meister der Einbandkunst and her fine bindings and artist’s books can be found in private and public collections alike.
Annette Friedrich was born 1976 in Hannover and now lives in Halle/Saale, Germany. She is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and creates unique fine bindings.
Annette served a traditional two-year bookbinding apprenticeship in Leipzig, and studied then Conceptional Book Art at Burg Giebichenstein, University for Art and Design, Halle/Saale, where she graduated after six years in 2004. Following the draw of a vibrant art and craft scene, she moved to England in 2005. Next to setting up her own studio for fine art bindings in East London, Annette also worked for the specialist bindery Book Works and Charles Gledhill, book restorer. Over the years, she got involved in curating exhibitions for Designer Bookbinders, as well as serving for a number of years as commissioning editor of The New Bookbinder, the society’s annual international flagship publication.
After fifteen years abroad, Annette relocated her studio back to Halle/Saale and co-founded with Rita Lass Goldene Esel, studio for book restoration, period bindings and facsimiles. Works by Annette can be seen in private and public collections.
Annette Friedrich & Rita Lass
Atelier für Buchrestaurierung und Faksimiles
06114 Halle (Saale)
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