Charles Nypels Lab – Jan van Eyck Academie

The Charles Nypels Lab, named after Maastricht typographer and designer Charles Nypels (1895–1952), links up with the great design tradition at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Its ambition is that artists, writers, designers, poets, scientists and essayists come and print their work here. Equipment for relief printing (letterpress, wood and lino cuts), stencil printing (screenprint, risography) and photopolymer, for processing and finishing will enable them to experiment and make editions of their own work. The Charles Nypels Lab offers all expertise necessary for making publications, from editing and translation to expertise about types of paper and binding methods. The lab’s strength is the combination of techniques that can create something special and unique, such as combining screen printing or risography with offset print work. To that end, the Charles Nypels Lab is collaborating with Drukkerij Walters in Maastricht, Drukkerij Tielen in Boxtel, Handboekbinder Geertsen in Nijmegen, the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee (BE) and graphics studio Daglicht in Eindhoven. Thanks to its partnership with Riso, the lab has received the first RISO A2 Duplicator in the world (outside of Russia). The Charles Nypels Lab not only supports Van Eyck participants. External artists, designers or (cultural) organizations make full use of its many facilities and tap into its extensive expertise, enabling a larger cultural collaboration. Every second year the Lab organizes the international Magical Riso biennale. The Charles Nypels Lab has been realised with support of the Charles Nypels Foundation.


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