Sonya Sheats began her binding studies in the studio of Anne Vion in France in 2000. She has been practicing and teaching bookbinding ever since, returning to France frequently to study with master binders, including Edgard Claes, Sün Evrard, Michel Richard, and Florent Rousseau. Sheats works with unusual leathers, wood, and polycarbonate as well as more traditional materials and structures. Her art ranges from minimalist leather bindings in muted hues to raucous colors and designs rendered on polycarbonate using automotive paint. No matter what material or structure, Sheats' craftsmanship and sense of style shine. Sheats' work can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.