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Geometric Patterns from Roman Mosaics: And How to Draw Them [Paperback]

Robert Field
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Dec 1988
This title concentrates not on figurative panels but on the geometric borders and patterns with which virtually all Roman floors and corridors were decorated. Robert Field has collected examples from many different sites and the book is arranged as a series of step-by-step drawing exercises.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tarquin Publications (Dec 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906212634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906212639
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have written six books on geometric patterns which are used by many people as a source of creative design in subjects as diverse as embroidery, patio paving, knitwear and quilt making. I also published and illustrated an anthology of poems about mice - I Think Mice are Rather Nice (Triplecat). I have also illustrated two books by my partner, the author Roderick Grant, Clap Hands for the Singing Molecatcher (Triplecat & Birlinn editions) and Strathalder - A Highland Estate (Triplecat & Birlinn editions).
I took up making mosaics in order to make replicas and re-constructions of Roman designs but quickly realised, through seeing the work of my teacher, Elaine M. Goodwin and other mosaic artists, that it had potential as a means of further artistic expression. I became a founder member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic and have edited their Journal ANDAMENTO for the last five years. I have exhibited extensively throughout Britain and in France, including a solo exhibition of mosaics - INSPIRATIONS - at Salisbury and Devizes Museums in 2004. I have also organised two further successful exhibitions of mosaics - THE FOUR SEASONS - ANCIENT MEETS MODERN at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester in 2006 and THE FOUR ELEMENTS in Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum in 2008. I am holding another solo exhibition in 2012/13 - Corinium Museum, Cirencester, September - October 2012, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, November 2012 - January 2013 and Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury February - May 2013.
My work can be seen on my website:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating booklet 31 Mar 2012
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What a neat booklet this is. The Author has a fascination for patterns and how they are constructed. It all started when he was not allowed to take photos of a Roman pavement, but he wanted to record it for later usage. So he sketched it out. Then he played around with grids of squares to see exactly how the patterns worked.
He has gone on to explore many such Roman designs, and these are illustrated and explained, even to the extent of what size of grid one would need to reconstruct it, along with the basic pattern motif, and how this pattern builds.
I think that this would delight many Mathematicians, as well as being a useful resource for Quilters, Patchwork designers and Mosaicists.
I bought it as a Used book on Amazon for the princely sum of 1p, yes really, ONE PENNY. I also paid £2.80 for P&P, bringing the total to £2.81. Actually the postage on the packaging was a lot less as it is a slim booklet, but at the cost of just 1p I can hardly complain!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By marylee
We had a speaker from Bigmore Roman in Sussex at our Knitting and Craft Club meeting recently and I saw the book there. Believe it or not, a lot of these patterns are used in Fairisle knitting; so I contacted Amazon to see if I could obtain it. They had it and I was thrilled. It is so interesting. Only a small book, but full of lovely illustrations.

Well done, Amazon
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3.0 out of 5 stars Geometric patterns 29 May 2013
By angela
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This book is a little complicated for the abosolute beginner. I was a little put off, it need some concentration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Brief 8 Mar 2006
By JEB Stewart - Published on
The book is a good primer into the subject of Roman mosaic geometric patterns. The patterns are easy to copy and enlarge. The illustrations would be good for drawing or used as a pattern for mosaics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, very interesting 9 Jun 2012
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There are very few books that show geometric patterns from roman mosaics in such a variety. The author furthermore shows exactly how to draw them, so that you really would like to start immediately creating your own mosaics ;-)
This book (63 pages) is really inspiring and I'm very glad of this purchase.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 10 July 2009
By Alexandru Grajdan - Published on
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As was declared, there are some popular roman patterns , tips how to copy them and enlarge. This is not a book with a lot of inspiring photos or a wide range of patterns. But for beginners in mosaic it is a good source for practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 13 Aug 2010
By Marcus - Published on
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A Good book..too brief...Why is it so short on description...? Couldn`t you have said more Writer...


4.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to learn Roman patterns 12 Mar 2013
By Kelly - Published on
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This book is good if you want to learn how to draw or do mosaic Roman patterns. I found it very easy to follow.
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