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

since 2015 offering bookbinding, remedial conservation and restoration services for private collectors, companies and institutions. All assignments are executed according to the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organizations (E.C.C.O.)  Ethical Codeaiming to preserve the object's integrity, emotional and historical value. 

You may contact me for simple paper repair to a more complex restoration project for books in paper, book cloth or book linen, leather and parchment. I welcome modern and old books, but also collectibles like comic books and family books in need of some attention.

I am also a member of Restauratoren Nederland , ICON (The Institute of Conservation) and IADA (International Association of Book and Paper Conservators) and Stichting Handboekbinden

What is  remedial conservation and restoration?

According to the definitions by the I.C.O.M. - International Council of Museums:.

Remedial conservation are the actions directly applied to an object aimed at arresting current damaging process or reinforcing their structure. They are carried out when the item is in such a fragile condition or deterioration that they could be lost in a relatively short time.

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.

Bookbinder and book restorer

Bookbinding evolved along more than 3000 years and is still being practiced to present days as a field of Applied Arts.  The range of book styles is vast . For a professional book restorer, the skills of hand bookbinder is a big advantage: understanding how a book is constructed, the mechanics and difficulties in building up certain structures helps you to understand why certain damages happen and facilitates finding a solution to prevent further damage; or to remedy the issue. Restoration has a different approach to book as an object than bookbinding. Therefore, not all bookbinders will necessarily be book restorers and vice-versa.

Miniature springback book

I do not make dummies for the graphic industry nor limited editions.

Although my main focus is on restoration work and depending on the project specifications I offer you the opportunity to have and unique handmade object: from a medieval style book, to a modern variation, or a protective box.

In case your project does not fall into my portfolio I count with a vast network of colleagues and specialists able to provide you the best results for your project. 

A bit more about myself

I am Eliane C. Gomes , bookbinder and book restorer and managing director of the company. I 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.

I frequently follow professional courses, updates,  congresses, symposium and extra schooling via different academic institutes, universities and professional associations, both local and international.

Parallel to it I hold other degrees such as a B.Sc. in Business Administration (Brazil); a propedeuse in Psychology (Brazil);  S.H.A. Hotel Management Degree (Les Roches - Switzerland) and Project Management Certification (MCE - Belgium).  I have a wealth of experience in business services, worldwide cross-functional projects, logistics, HR and hotel operations. 

You will find more about my full professional career, education and certifications via LinkedIn.  

Scroll down for some samples of my work. You will find more pictures via my Instagram and Facebook.



I was the winner of the book challenge from the book Collectief 14x14 (Belgium), with the theme "Kleur (color)" - 2018. 


The book went for a whole year on a tour in Belgium and is now back home. The design: one gathering book, built on a multi-layered stub with waxed black dex boards. The boards have leather in-lays forming the Braille word "book" in one side and "boek" in the other side. The book block is made of different layers of color paper and has perforated holes mimicking the words on the cover on position and color.