Jarmila Jelena Sobotova
Loket, Czech Republic
A professor of psychology, Jarmila Jelena Sobotova studied bookbinding with Jan Sobota and drawing and painting at United States universities for ten years. In 1997, she received the title, "Master of Artistic Bookbinding." Sobotova has exhibited in more than sixty group and fifteen individual exhibits around the world, winning ten major prizes for her work.
Triple cover board binding structure, leather headbands with dark brown and beige onlays, edges painted dark brown and beige imitating wood engraving technique. Dark brown Harmatan goatskin for the top cover, beige goatskin for the middle boards, and dark brown goatskin for the doublures. Flyleaves of attached decorative paper. Spine decorated with goatskin and print on parchment. The decorative technique used for paper would be used for leather as well.
Pierre Loti. Pecheur d'Islande. Saint Jean de Luz, France: Printed for the exhibit Prix de la 6 Biennale Mondiale de la Reliure d’Art, 2001.
Triple boards attached binding, dark green goatskin for covers and doublures, beige goatskin for middle boards. Sculpted relief depicting ocean water movement. Hand-carved, hand-blown glass set within the front and back covers depicting two main elements of the story: the fishermen's life and their wives in village waiting with worry. The binding won the prize for Original Book Object at the 6th Biennial De la Reliure d’Art en Pays Basque, Saint Jean de Luz, France, 2001.