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Mosaic Workshop Hardcover – Jun 1999


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing (Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570761493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570761492
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 20.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,616,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The aim of Mosaic Workshop is to explain and demonstrate how to use mosaic to its best advantage. Written by Emma Biggs and Tessa Hunkin, it provides a comprehensive introduction to this ancient but highly versatile art form. Almost everything can be interpreted in mosaic but the success of the interpretation depends on an understanding of how to manipulate and control the medium. The book is divided into two sections: Principles of Design and Techniques, Tools & Materials. The first part is divided into chapters covering different aspects of design: stylisation, colour, contrast, laying, surface, pattern, form and figures. By separating out these issues it is possible to see how each contributes different qualities to a design. The second section of the book provides a comprehensive technical reference guide. Clear photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions are given for the principle mosaic methods. Descriptions of tools, adhesives, backings and mosaic materials are given with tables explaining which will be appropriate in different applications, both indoors and out. British suppliers of mosaic materials are listed and places where you can see historical mosaics are recommended. Templates of some of the designs are provided so that they can be copies and used as projects. Whether you want to learn how to decorate a mirror frame or go on to design a mosaic to decorate the entire length of your hallway, this book will form an invaluable and inspirational guide. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Emma Biggs & Tessa Hunkin are two of Britain's most dynamic mosaicists. They set up the Mosaic Workshop in London over ten years ago, where their backgrounds in fine art and architecture combined to create striking mosaics in glass, marble, smalti and ceramic. They have undertaken a range of commissions, both in the UK and abroad, including walls and floors for restaurants, shops and cruise ships, specialist mosaics for churches and cathedrals, and even a mosque in the Middle East. Their work is regularly exhibited and has been featured in magazines and several book. They are based in North London. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sep 2001
Format: Hardcover
The recent popularity of mosaics has brought about a publishing boom. it can be difficult for the newcomer to mosaics to decided which of the plethora of books to choose. The Mosaic Workshop is certainly one to select. Yet it is not only the beginner who should be drawn to this book. It will also be of interest both to the more experienced mosaicist and to fans of mosaics generally.
Written and designed by two leading British Mosaic artists, it is an accessible account of the theory and practice of mosaic-making. It is also a practiccally stimulating collection of some stunning mosaic designs.
The majority of the book concentrates on design principles. Here, Biggs and Hunkin demonstrate how each of the principles of sylization, colour, contrast, laying, surface, pattern, form and figures contribute to the total mosaic. The examples utilised range from the (relatively) simple to the highly complex. All are beautifully worked pieces which are analysed into their component parts to demonstrate the theory being described. Importantly, the clarity of the photographs is excellent, enabling the reader to fully appreciate the analyses of the designs.
The Techniques, tools and materials section is a fairly brief overview. Indeed, its brevity somewhat unbalances the book. While the total novice would be able to embark on their own project on the basis of the information here, I would recommend reading it in conjunction with Biggs' excellent "Mosaic Techniques", published in the same year.
Overall this book deserves its place in the mosaic library. It is a beautifully illustrated text, which succeeds in providing introductory material without being patronising and more complex material in a clear, accessible style.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jcory@nspcc.org.uk on 16 Feb 2001
Format: Hardcover
I never knew glueing down bits of glass, marble and ceramic tiles had so much potential!
Mosaic Workshop contains photographs of some truly inspiring (daunting?) mosaics using a wide variety of methods. It also contains detailed information about the pros and cons of using various materials, the key methods in laying down and considerations in making the most of your design. Only trouble now is I'm spoilt for choice for my new bathroom panel...
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By Sam Smith on 9 Nov 2013
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I have looked through this book with relish. Emma Biggs uses colour so well. It's a joy to behold. Great.
The delivery was on time and the book was as described. Thanks.
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