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Sabina Ursula Nies
Ashland, Oregon

Sabina Ursula Nies received her diploma from the American Academy of Bookbinding in 2005. Since then she has participated in bookbinding exhibitions and competitions in the United States, Australia, Japan, France, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Hand Bookbinders of California, the Guild of Bookworkers, and the Society of Bookbinder.

Proposal

Resew textblock using seven flattened hemp cords, consolidate spine, hide glue, backing and rounding, laced on blue boards, no edge treatment, wrap text block, three color double silk headband using batonets. Spine and covers: repair headbands with cord and Japanese paper, glue flannel between cords, six or more layers of crinkled craft paper with wheat paste, glue two-ply bristol boards on cover, back corner, Harmatan goat leather for cover, tool design through Japanese paper, glair lines to be tooled gold, 23.5k gold leaf, onlay with Harmatan purple goat leather, blind-tooled title letters, glair some title words for gold leaf. Inside: clean turn-ins, fill in, sand, edge-to-edge doublure in purple Harmatan, tool gold lines, flyleaves of purple pig suede.

Example

Charles Perault. Contes de ma mère l’Oye. Original illustrations by Sophie Delprat, Claire Hénault, Lionel Koechlin, Jean-Louis Zirnhelt. Published for the Biennales Mondiale de la Reliure d'Art. Chambon-sur-Lignon, France: Jean-François Manier, 2006.

French style full goat leather, top edge gilt with spiral tooled decoration, double headbands. Upper and lower boards with gold and blind-tooled design, goat leather onlays on top board. Silk front and rear pastedowns, marbled paper by Einen Miura of Japan for front and rear endpapers. My intention was to give the book an overall feel of an old fashioned book of fairytales. The contemporary chair suggests modern times and is an invitation to relax, open the book, and read.