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[BKARTS] A Message from Nedim Sonmez (Long)



I received the following from Nedim Sonmez (, note, there should be an umlaut over the "o"). If you are interested in what he has to offer, please respond to him directly at:

nedimsonmez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jake Benson


Dear Friends of Marbling,


After a 25 year-long productive and varied life in Germany and Austria, we moved back to Turkey a short time ago. Now I will continue my life as the director of the youth center of a big university in Turkey. For this reason, we decided to offer most of our books for a short time with a price reduction of 50% off of the retail price. This sale will continue only until mid-February.

If you have any interest in these books, please send an email first so that copies from the limited number available can be reserved for you. After this, you will be sent information regarding the specific cost of the postage and account numbers in Turkey or in Germany to which the money can be wired.

I can send the orders only with UPS (United Parcel Service) or DHL (German Parcel Service) from Turkey. They should arrive in only a few days. Payment is required up front, and once received, they will be sent to you immediately. During my job at the university, my occupation with marbling will in any case continue and our future publications will be realized.

We wish to you a healthy, peaceful and creative 2005!

With best regards,

Nedim Sonmez


BOOKS BY NEDIM SONMEZ AND Dr. NURAN SONMEZ


TIGER-EYE MARBLE
A Collection with New Creations
By Nedim and Dr. Nuran Sonmez
58 original samples of tiger-eye and sun marbling.
Text in German and English (the title on the cover is printed only in German).
In this most recent book of patterns in their series, Nedim and Nuran Sonmez present 58 tiger marbled papers in a broad range of colours and patterns.


In the 19th century - known as the age of decorated paper production - a broad and fascinating range of patterns was developed, in part through technical innovations that provided for more rapid and diverse coloured paper production. The experimental spirit and love of exploration that characterized this age of technology also bore fruit in the art of marbling. New types of patterns such as veins, schrotel, tiger and suns emerged, in some cases through experimentation with additives that trigger chemical reactions. New forms resembling eyes, stars, sunbeams or microorganisms were pulled from the marbling bath. The patterns in this book are called tiger, tiger-eye, and sunbeam or sun pattern in reference to their specific appearance.

A collection of marbled papers in portfolio from Sonmez studio:
Introductory text by Nedim Sonmez in German and English. 63 leaves format: 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches, with 58 original tipped-in samples of marbled papers - mostly 6 x 6 inches - by Nedim and Nuran Sonmez. Only 24 limited copies, numbered and signed. Hand bound by Nedim Sonmez.
Special price for the orders until 15.Feb.2005     US $ 284, -
For the orders after 16.Feb.2005                 US $ 567, -


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OTTOMAN MOTIVES IN THE ART OF MARBLING
By Nedim Sonmez & Dr. Nuran Sonmez with 25 original samples of marbled motives.
Text in German and English (the title on the cover is printed only in German)
Yet another precious and unique collection from the Sonmez studio.


Traditional motifs from all field of classical Turkish art, including carpet and fabric design, ceramics, manuscript illumination, glass, metal and wood processing - applied and interpreted in the art of marbling for the first time ever by Nedim Sonmez in collaboration with his wife, Nuran Sonmez.

Nedim Sonmez, who created a new dimension in landscape painting with his marbling technique some 25 years ago, thus paving away for a renaissance in the art of marbling, has now succeeded once again in setting a milestone in the history of the art of marbling. These 25 new, elaborately marbled pictorial renditions of traditional motifs of Ottoman art are presented to readers on large-format paper.

A collection of marbled papers in portfolio from Sonmez studio:
Text by Nedim Sonmez in German and English. 31 leaves, format: 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches with 24 original tipped-in samples of marbled papers - each 6 1/2 x 9 inches - by Nedim and Nuran Sonmez. An additional motif is presented as cover jacket. All original patterns are numbered and signed by hand. 48 limited copies, numbered and signed. Hand bound by Nedim Sonmez.


 Special price for the orders until 15.Feb.2005            US $ 298, -
 For the orders after 16.Feb.2005                              US $ 595, -

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TURKISH EBRU PATTERNS
By Nedim Sonmez & Dr. Nuran Sonmez with 45 original samples of marbled papers.
Text in German and English (the cover is printed only in German).
An unparalleled and truly unique collection of original ebru papers that traces the history of patterns and colour in the Turkish art of marbling.


The origins of the oriental ebru marbling technique can be traced to the early 16th century. The oldest known dated examples from Istanbul were produced during the last 25 years of that century. Since then, the range of ebru patterns has developed along independent lines in Turkey. This development is evident in patterns often based on representational forms such as hearts, blossoms or flowers.

In this collection, Nedim and Nuran Sonmez present all of the Turkish ebru patterns - from the earliest to the most recent - in a number of variations. The collection also includes the oldest pattern of the 16th century, known as Hafif Ebru (pale-coloured ebru); Somaki Ebru (porphyry ebru), Hatip Ebrusu (preacher ebru), with all of the different variations of heart, star and blossom patterns, and the especially splendid Zerefsanlı Ebru (ebru sprinkled with gold) and Tahrirli Ebru (Ebru motifs outlined in gold) - both gilt with 23 1/2 carat gold!

A collection of marbled papers in portfolio from Sonmez studio:
Text by Nedim Sonmez in German and English. 58 leaves, Format: 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches, with 45 original tipped-in samples of marbled papers - each 6 1/2 x 8 1/6 inches - by Nedim and Nuran Sonmez. All original patterns are numbered by hand. 85 limited copies, numbered and signed. Hand bound by Nedim Sonmez.


 Special price for the orders until 15.Feb.2005            US $ 278, -
 For the orders after 16.Feb.2005                              US $ 555, -

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CLASSIC MARBLING PATTERNS
By Nedim Sonmez & Dr. Nuran Sonmez with 110 original samples of marbled papers.
Text in German and English (the title on the cover is printed only in German)


The author of A History of Marbled Flowers, EBRU: The Turkish Art of Marbling, Turckisch Papir and From Ebru to Marbled Paper, Nedim Sonmez has gained considerable attention in the world of marbling as an artist, a master craftsman, a historian and a teacher. He is currently editing a series of pattern books in collaboration with his wife Nuran Sonmez.

The Pattern Book Series complements an outstanding collection of Western and Oriental marbling pattern realized in keeping with traditional criteria and the highest artistic standard at the Sonmez Studio.

The first volume in this four-part series of pattern books is entitled Classic Marbling Patterns. This volume features works from the Sonmez Studio representing the complete spectrum of traditional patterns now in common use in Europe and - most cases already known in the Orient, too.

A collection of marbled papers in portfolio from Sonmez studio:
Text by Nedim Sonmez, in German and English. 130 leaves, format 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches, with 110 original tipped-in samples of marbled papers - each 7 x 5 7/8 inches - by Nedim and Nuran Sonmez. 100 limited copies in portfolio, hand bound by Nedim Sonmez. Numbered and signed.
Special price for the orders until 15.Feb.2005     US $ 238, -
For the orders after 16.Feb.2005                 US $ 475, -


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 FROM EBRU TO MARBLED PAPER
 On the history of Marbled Paper in the Orient and its way to Europe
 By Nedim Sonmez

The Text by Nedim Sonmez treads the origins of Ebru in the Orient, its way to Europe, and its development in Germany. This book contains a collection of 11 original marbled papers:

1. Suminagashi
2. Stone-Pattern based on design by Shebek Mehmed Efendi
3. Fantasy-Pattern based on a design by Shebek Mehmed Efendi
4. Heart-Pattern from the 17th century
5. Hatip-Pattern based on a design by Hatib Mehmed Efendi
6. Blossom-Ebru based on a design by Hatib Mehmed Efendi
7. Marbled Flowers, from the 18th century
8. Flower-Ebru Tulip
9. Marbled Calligraphy, done in two stages al-Hamdulillah (God be praised)
10. Art Nouveau-Pattern
11. Waves


220 limited copies bound in linen with gold blocking. Text in German and English. Tubingen, 1995. 48 pages Format: 9 1/2 x 12 4/5 inches, with 11 tipped-in original marbled papers - 9 originals 8 1/2 x 11 2/3 inches, 2 originals 5 x 8 1/2 inches by Nedim Sonmez. Numbered and signed.
US $ 235, -


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TURKISCH PAPIER * EBRU * TURKISH MARBLED PAPER
Nedim Sonmez &Yvonne Jackle-Sonmez
Pictures 1982-1987
Art catalogue with 38 colored reproductions of marbled pictures, 9 photos in b/w on the technique of marbling and one original Turkish Marbled Paper.


Articles by Prof. Emin Barin/Istanbul, Dr. B. Lipps-Kant/Tubingen with a preface by Prof. Dr. Peter Thiele/Director of Linden-Museum, Stuttgart in English, German and Turkish
Standard edition: Format 9 1/2 x 8 7/8 inches, 108 pages, including one tipped-in original. Out of print!


Limited special edition: 230 numbered copies, signed by the artist, including one tipped-in original marbled sample, and one original marbled flower, about the size of a page in the catalogue, cloth bound. Only 3 copies available!
US $ 180, -


Ebru, an ancient art-technique has come alive. The marbled pictures of Nedim Sonmez and Yvonne Jackle-Sonmez, works of an intensified expression, that were given new subjects and meanings, are unconventional messages, in which Oriental and European cultures combine. They are poetic sheets of great charm.... Estranging visionary, like a dream.
Dr. Barbara Lipps-Kant, Art Historian/Tubingen


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 TURCKISCH PAPIR
 A Short History of Marbling in the Orient and in Germany
 A Miniature Book by Nedim Sonmez

The text written by Nedim Sonmez treads the origins of Ebru in the Orient, its way to Europe, and its development in Germany. This book contains a collection of 10 original marbled miniature papers in a miniature format:
Suminagashi. Stone-Pattern. Fantasy-Pattern. Heart-Pattern. Hatip-Pattern. Blossom-Ebru. Flower. Marbled Calligraphy. Art Nouveau-Pattern. Waves


Text in German and English. Printed by Druckerei Muller-Bass, Tubingen. Hand bound by Maren Mau-Pieper.

Standard Edition:
Format 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 inches, 96 pages with 10 original tipped-in samples of miniature papers. 130 limited copies, bound with marbled paper. Numbered and signed. US $ 180, -


Deluxe Edition:
70 limited copies, in traditional Islamic binding with hand-sewn headbands using a green and red silk thread. Full green goatskin. 22-carat gold stamped covers and envelope flap. Special end leaves with miniature marbled patterns. Numbered and signed. US $ 300, -


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EBRU - THE ART OF MARBLING
A reference book on history and technique of marbling.
By Nedim Sonmez
Exhibited as one of the most beautiful books of Frankfurt Book Fair/1992
Includes an introductory essay on the traditional arts of manuscript illumination and paper colouring.


The Contents include:
The History of Marbling: Book Arts in the Orient / Paper in the Orient / Ebru in the Orient / Ebru in Europe. The Technique of Marbling: Tools and Materials / The Size / The Practice: The Marbling Process. The Patterns: From the Simple Pattern to the More Finely Differentiated Pattern / Marbled Pictures / Pseudo Marbled Papers and Related Types of Decorated Paper Use / The Author / Bibliography / Index


160 pages, 138 illustrations (most in colour), format 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, hard bound with dust jacket, in English US $ 78, -
Also available in German: Ebru-Marmorpapiere US $ 78, -
And in French: Ebru- l'art du papier marbré Turc US $ 78, -


I greatly admire Nedim Sonmez' work, his book on EBRU-The Turkish Art of Marbling is certainly the best and most informative work on the topic
Dr. Mehmet Onder, Art Historian / Ankara


...(This work) documents all of the qualities of the author cited above and deserves recognition as an essential publication
Dr. Stefan Soltek, Museum fur Kunsthandwerk / Frankfurt


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 GRUNDKURS MARMORIEREN
 Technik-Muster-Motive
 (BASIC COURSE IN MARBLING / Technique-Patterns-Motifs)
 By Nedim Sonmez
 Only in German!

A detailed guide to the production of individual patterns, with step-by-step explanations illustrated with photographs. Tips on motif marbling with examples from the work of Nedim Sonmez. 64 pages, 70 illustrations, 8 x 8 inches. US $ 18, -

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A HISTORY OF MARBLED FLOWERS
A miniature book
By Nedim Sonmez
This book contains a unique collection of ten original marbled flower designs in miniature format, accompanying a text detailing the historical origins of this art form.


Regular Edition:
Format 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 inches, 80 pages with 10 original tipped-in samples of miniature marbled flowers by Nedim Sonmez. 115 limited copies, bound half parchment. Numbered and signed. Out of print!


Deluxe Edition:
35 limited copies, in traditional Islamic binding with hand-sewn headbands using blue and carmine silk threads.
Full red goatskin. 22-carat gold stamped covers and envelope flap. Special endleaves with miniature marbled flower patterns. Numbered and signed.
Out of print!


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In terms of both technique and style, he is certainly one of the two leading masters among the ebru artists of our time. Moreover, his artistic work is built upon a solid foundation of scientific research. To my knowledge, there is no other Turkish ebru artist who has delved so deeply into the history of the discipline as well as the history of Islamic manuscript decoration as has Nedim Sonmez. His books provide eloquent testimony to the depth of his knowledge of the art-historical roots and historical development of his art.


-Dr. Annemarie Schimmel

... Have clearly demonstrated in their thoroughly researched lectures how important their studies have been to an understanding of an extraordinarily interesting aspect of cultural history and highly appealing aesthetic phenomenon. Thank to their intimate knowledge of Turkish and central-European cultures - language, history and personal contacts between supposedly widely separated areas - they have succeeded in exploring the early history of the art of marbling to an extent that no other researcher in this field has been able to achieve before.
Dr.Frieder Schmidt
Deutsches Buch-and Schriftmuseum / Leipzig



The splendidly rich results bear witness to extraordinary self-confidence, accompanied by beauty, for (Nedim Sonmez) has achieved a synthesis harmony, balance and visual aesthetic pleasure.
Dr. Phil. E. Wolfgang Mick, former director of the Deutsches Tapetenmuseum in Kassel



...Who has been able to combine so well the subtleties of an old tradition with the freshness of his own ideas. I am especially happy that he has been able to produce his work at a time when so much new art seems to lack a sense of direction... Turkey should be happy to have an ambassador so well able to convey the best of its traditions.
Dr. P.A. Andrews, Bonn



Nedim Sonmez is probably Germany’s best-known marbling artist, as evidenced by a number of books that have now become classics of literature on marbling as well as numerous exhibitions.


-CM Magazin 8/95


A different objective will be obtained by Nedim Sonmez’ other publication, the enchanting miniature book, Turckisch Papir. This covers much, but not all, of the ground covered by the folio From Ebru to Marbled Paper; there is more, in the little book, about the history of the use as well as the manufacture of marbled paper. No prudent collector will want to be without either. The more so as the specimen marbled pages in the miniature book are different from those in the big book. Not only the scale but also the pattern of the marbling has been subtly changed to fit the miniature format.


-The Book Collector. 46-2/1997


One can safely say that Nedim Sonmez, who has occupied a niche in the art of our time with his marbled pictures and patterned papers, has earned a place of prominence in the broad field of art scholarship - both in Germany and abroad. As a scholar and tireless researcher... he has quietly become one of the worlds leading experts on the subject.


Dr. Barbara Lipps-Kant, Art Historian/Tubingen


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NEDIM SONMEZ & NURAN SONMEZ


Nedim Sonmez was born in Havsa, Turkey in 1957. Upon completion of his higher education in Istanbul, he settled in Germany. He devote all of his work in art to ebru (marbling), a technique whose basic principles he learned as a student at the school of education. In 1983, he opened an art gallery in Constance devoted exclusively to works of ebru, He established a publishing firm in 1987. During 25 years of life and work as an ebru artist in Germany and Turkey, he has presented more than fifty solo exhibitions at many locations, including a number of well-known museums.

At both solo and group exhibitions, he has clearly proven that ebru, which has been regarded for centuries as merely a paper-colouring technique, actually involves a rich language of expression forms that is comparable to those of other artistic disciplines. He gave direction to the ebru, which was long based in many cases upon arbitrary results, creating a specific form of expression that is not limited to designs alone - the landscapes introduced to the art of ebru in the early 1980s. Yet aside from such innovations, the artist is very concerned with preserving the traditional dimensions of ebru as well.

In additions to his many exhibitions, Nedim Sonmez has presented the fruits of this research on the history and methods of ebru to a broad public in books, articles, conference lectures and international shows. He is one of the most highly respected personalities in the world of ebru today.

Nuran Sonmez studied mineralogy in Izmir, Turkey. After working as a scientist at the University, she moved to Germany. Nedim Sonmez encouraged her experimentation with marbling. Keenly interested in the technical aspect of this art, she worked closely with her husband in developing new marbling colours based on 19th century traditional formulas. She is currently editing the series of pattern book in collaboration with Nedim Sonmez.





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