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N A U T I L U S  -  boekbinderij en restauratie atelier 

since 2015 offering  hand bookbinding and restoration services for private collectors and institutions. The company is owned and managed by Eliane Gomes and based in Haarlem, The Netherlands.  All restoration assignments are executed according to the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations (E.C.C.O.)  Ethical Codeapplying a minimal intervention approach in order to preserve the object's integrity, emotional and historical value. 

I am also a member of Restauratoren Nederland and IADA (International Association of Book and Paper Conservators)

What is restoration?

According to the  ICOM (International Council of Museums) a "restoration comprises all actions applied to a single and stable item aimed at facilitating its appreciation, understanding and use. These actions are only carried out when the item has lost part of its significance or function through past alteration or deterioration. They are based on respect for the original material..."

The field of book restoration is a relatively new discipline which includes an eclectic range of subjects, such as fine arts, science (chemistry, biology, technology), history, archaeology, design,  mechanics, production, business insight and project management. This is in addition to the skills necessary for its application, like precision and hand dexterity. It is a dynamic field and I am constantly learning new techniques and approaches to conservation and restoration. I love my job!

Professional Book and Paper Restorer

For a professional book restorer, it is an advantage being also a skilled hand bookbinder, but it is a must to receive specialized training on the area of book and paper conservation and restoration. Therefore, not all bookbinders will necessarily be book restorers.

Bookbinding evolved along more than 3000 years and is still being practiced to present days as a field of Applied Arts.

Parallel to restoration, I offer hand bookbinding services and solutions such as handmade portfolios, presence books, travel journals, documents and facsimile bindings, antiquarian books and protective book boxes.  The majority of my assignments are unique pieces or in very small amounts. I also offer the possibility of organizing bookbinding workshops for small groups of adults or children. I do not make dummies for the graphic industry.


Nautilus Portfolio - short PowerPoint

PORTIFOLIO - You may download a sample of my restoration work by clicking the NAUTILUS icon on the left side. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open the document. For more recent updates check my Social Media outlets (see contact details).

Slavonic Liturgical Book published in Russia during the reign of Empress Katherine II, the Great (1762 - 1796). Check my article for blog iBookbinding on this book.

My book entry submitted to the Stichting Handboekbinden - International Miniature Book Competition at the Meermanno Museun, The Hague in 2017The book height follows the Bondy norm and it is only 3 inches - 7,6 cm tall, bound in German tradition spring-back style in full leather.

About the owner 

I am Eliane C. Gomes , bookbinder and book restorer, project manager and owner of the company. I am married and have been living in The Netherlands since 1998 after living and studying in Brazil, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

I am a trained and certified paper and book restorer and hand bookbinder by the Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht - Art & Design College, The Netherlands. Due to the nature of the discipline I am constantly up-cycling my knowledge by attending courses, information days and master classes with internationally recognized bookbinders and institutions, via the University of Amsterdam and via the professional network Restauratoren Nederlands.

I  hold other degrees such as a B.Sc. in Business Administration;  S.H.A. Hotel Management Diploma (Switzerland) and Project Management Certification.  I have a wealth of experience in business related industries. You will find more about my full professional career, education and certifications via LinkedIn. 

   Winner of the book challenge from the book Collectief 14x14 (Belgium), with the theme "color" - 2018.

Via Instagram and Facebook you can find many examples of my work, and hereby just a small impression.