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  • Cris C Takacs
    Posted on the Guild of BookWorkers list: Eva Van Breugel August 2, 1942 – June 18, 2011 Eva Van Breugal, distinguished paper marbler and bookbinder from
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 21, 2011
      Posted on the Guild of BookWorkers list:

      Eva Van Breugel August 2, 1942 – June 18, 2011

      Eva Van Breugal, distinguished paper marbler and bookbinder from Dreibergen,
      The Netherlands, has died. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about
      two months ago when the cancer had advanced so far as to make treatment
      useless. Her last weeks were spent in the care of her children who gave her
      comfort and much pleasure. She was able to die at a time of her own

      Eva was born in Indonesia, the daughter of a teacher and a Dutch Shell
      attorney. She spent part of her young, formative years with her mother and
      two brothers in a Japanese internment camp. Her father was also interned in
      a men’s camp.

      After World War II, the family returned to The Netherlands.

      Eva was educated in Paris where her father worked at NATO. She attended
      university in Leiden, The Netherlands, graduating as an attorney. For a
      time she worked for a government agency, then married and produced two
      children. During this period she learned bookbinding, then took up the art
      of marbling paper.

      At this time, paper marbling was a closely guarded secret, and no complete
      instructions had been published. Eva researched, found clues here and
      there, consulted other marblers and experimented with her own methods. She
      mastered the art and became known for her beautiful patterns and the
      consistency of her output. She exhibited and sold her papers throughout
      Europe, showing regularly in Paris, and in the United States, notably at the
      annual Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence Seminars. Several of
      her papers were exhibited at the International Marblers’ Gathering in
      Istanbul, Turkey in 1997.

      Her “Dragonskin” marbling was exhibited in 1997 at the Yildiz Sarayi in
      Istanbul, Turkey and in the 29th Hand Bookbinders of California Annual
      Members Exhibit in 2001, in San Francisco. Two segments of the work are
      with the collection in Leipzig; the third is in a private collection in San

      Eva gave up the practice of marbling in the early 2000s, and collected her
      diaries and recipes (which she translated into English), and paper samples
      into seven volumes which she bound herself. She had also amassed a
      remarkable collection of her own marbled papers and those of other marblers.
      The Books Museum in Leipzig has purchased the collection where it will be
      available to scholars and others in perpetuity.

      She is survived by her son, Seino, a linguist who lives and teaches in
      Thailand, and a daughter, Claartja, who lives in Berlin.

      Signa Houghteling

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