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    Hello Everyone, I received the following from Nedim Sšnmez. If you are interested in what he has to offer, please respond to him directly at:
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      Hello Everyone,

      I received the following from Nedim S�nmez. If you are interested in
      what he has to offer, please respond to him directly at:

      nedimsonmez@...


      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 S�nmez


      BOOKS BY NEDIM S�NMEZ AND Dr. NURAN S�NMEZ

      TIGER-EYE MARBLE
      A Collection with New Creations
      By Nedim and Dr. Nuran S�nmez
      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
      S�nmez 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, schr�tel,
      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 S�nmez studio:
      Introductory text by Nedim S�nmez 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 S�nmez. Only
      24 limited copies, numbered and signed. Hand bound by Nedim S�nmez.
      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 MOTIFS IN THE ART OF MARBLING
      By Nedim S�nmez & Dr. Nuran S�nmez 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 S�nmez 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 S�nmez in collaboration with
      his wife, Nuran S�nmez.

      Nedim S�nmez, 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 S�nmez studio:
      Text by Nedim S�nmez 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 S�nmez. 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 S�nmez.

      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 S�nmez & Dr. Nuran S�nmez 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 S�nmez 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 Zerefsanl� 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 S�nmez studio:
      Text by Nedim S�nmez 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 S�nmez. All original
      patterns are numbered by hand. 85 limited copies, numbered and signed.
      Hand bound by Nedim S�nmez.

      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 S�nmez & Dr. Nuran S�nmez 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 S�nmez
      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
      S�nmez.

      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 S�nmez
      Studio.

      The first volume in this four-part series of pattern books is entitled
      Classic Marbling Patterns. This volume features works from the S�nmez
      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 S�nmez studio:
      Text by Nedim S�nmez, 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 S�nmez. 100 limited copies
      in portfolio, hand bound by Nedim S�nmez. 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 S�nmez

      The Text by Nedim S�nmez 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. T�bingen, 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 S�nmez. Numbered and
      signed.
      US $ 235, -

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      T�RKISCH PAPIER * EBRU * TURKISH MARBLED PAPER
      Nedim S�nmez &Yvonne J�ckle-S�nmez
      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/T�bingen 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 S�nmez and Yvonne J�ckle-S�nmez, 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/T�bingen

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

      The text written by Nedim S�nmez 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 M�ller-Bass,
      T�bingen. 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 S�nmez
      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 marbr� Turc US $ 78, -

      I greatly admire Nedim S�nmez' work, his book on EBRU-The Turkish Art
      of Marbling is certainly the best and most informative work on the
      topic
      Dr. Mehmet �nder, 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 f�r Kunsthandwerk / Frankfurt

      * * * * * *

      GRUNDKURS MARMORIEREN
      Technik-Muster-Motive
      (BASIC COURSE IN MARBLING / Technique-Patterns-Motifs)
      By Nedim S�nmez
      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 S�nmez. 64 pages, 70
      illustrations, 8 x 8 inches. US $ 18, -

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      A HISTORY OF MARBLED FLOWERS
      A miniature book
      By Nedim S�nmez
      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 S�nmez. 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 S�nmez. 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 S�nmez) 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 S�nmez 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 S�nmez� 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 S�nmez, 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/T�bingen


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      NEDIM S�NMEZ & NURAN S�NMEZ

      Nedim S�nmez 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 S�nmez 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 S�nmez studied mineralogy in Izmir, Turkey. After working as a
      scientist at the University, she moved to Germany. Nedim S�nmez
      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 S�nmez.




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