Irma Boom

The Netherlands, guest of the 3rd BSVC & IDE (2007) In 1979 she enrolled at the AKI Art Academy in Enschede. In 1991 she founded Irma Boom Office, which works nationally and internationally in both the cultural and commercial sectors.

In 1993 she designed a series of butterfly stamps for Dutch PTT. For five years she worked on the 2136-page SHV Think Book 1996–1896 commissioned by SHV Holdings in Utrecht. In 1998 she had a solo exhibition, Irma Boom on her Books, at the Stroom Centre in The Hague, and Boom Beyond Books at the Bilbiothèque Nationale de France in Paris in 2001.

Irma Boom has won international acclaim for the iconoclastic beauty of her books and has received many awards for her book designs. She was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Gutenberg Prize for her complete oeuvre in 2001.

Since 1992 she has been a critic at Yale University in the USA. She was a tutor at the Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht between 1998–2000. She gives lectures and workshops worldwide.