ΛCID = LIFE: MΛPPING ENGRΛVING IN THE VSΛ

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Didier Mutel is a French artist, engraver, printer, publisher, and book maker. ​Born in 1971, he entered the Ecole Estienne at 15, then studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and continued his studies at the l’Atelier National de Création Typographique à l’Imprimerie Nationale. He studied under master printer, Pierre Lallier, until 2008 when the atelier closed and Lallier transfered the atelier to Mutel. In 2009, Mutel purchased space in Orchamps in the Jura, where he reinstalled the workshop and is training the new generation. It is the longest surviving printing atelier in France; founded in the 18th century, the presses have printed Napoelon’s Description de l’ÉgyptePierre-Joseph Redouté, Edgar Degas, and, currently Didier Mutel.
Since 2003 Mutel has been teaching at the Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts of Besançon and is regularly invited by American universities for presentations and special courses. ATELIER DIDIER MUTEL is a Member of the Grands Ateliers de France, and in 2013 Mutel received the prestigious title of Maître d’art. Most recently, he was awarded the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la Main, a juried prize for “exceptional talent” that recognized his latest book, R217A (2016), as a work “resulting from a perfect mastery of techniques and savoir-faire of artistic craft” as well as demonstrating “innovation, and contributing to the evolution of this knowledge.”

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