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S. H. Taylor "mosaicist" (London, England)

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Playmobil 4820 City Action Ladder Unit
Playmobil 4820 City Action Ladder Unit
Price: £46.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Where does the hose attach?!, 17 Dec. 2014
Just bought this for my playmobil-crazy daughter. Took ages to put together as the instructions aren't brilliantly clear. Also there's no obvious place to attach the hose. But other than that, a successful present.

American Folk Art Designs CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
American Folk Art Designs CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
by Joseph D'Addetta
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars American Folk Art Designs + CD Rom, 25 Jan. 2008
On the face of it, this promised to be a worthwhile purchase, but proved to be extremely disappointing. The designs in the book are very roughly and crudely drawn - not at all a pleasure to look at. Almost all of them are floral or animals. There are no images at all of any buildings such as houses, churches or barns, which I would have expected to see under this title. The cover shows a couple of people, but they are the only ones to be found in the book, other than one other page showing a very ugly mermaid, an angel and an indian archer.

The CD-Rom has the same images as in the book. Unfortunately the quality of the print out is very poor and pixelated or blurred - even at small size. I didn't even bother trying to enlarge after that.

Generally the whole book has a feeling of being poorly researched and quickly drawn by someone with no skill.


Art Forms in Nature (Dover Pictorial Archive)
Art Forms in Nature (Dover Pictorial Archive)
by Ernst Haeckel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art Forms in Nature, 30 May 2007
A beautiful book for creative inspiration. However, the cover is misleading as all the prints are in black and white.

Mosaic Sourcebook
Mosaic Sourcebook
by Doreen Mastandrea
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mosaic Sourcebook review, 29 May 2007
This review is from: Mosaic Sourcebook (Paperback)
This book was not quite what I was expecting from a book entitled a "sourcebook". I was looking for something which provided sources from which to gain inspiration eg. animals, flowers etc - and how to translate those sources into a mosaic design. My fault, perhaps, not the book's?!

There are 23 "how to" projects in the book - although the instructions are somewhat wordy and very much aimed at the American market (in that the materials listed use American brand names). It also claims to be a "comprehensive guide" to mosaic making, but having used many other mosaic books, this is not really comparable. The photos in the Gallery Section are beautiful, if somewhat samey. The authors are fond of pique assiette mosaics and a whole section is dedicated to that method. The projects shown in the Gallery photos are mostly huge mosaics set in public places, which can be a little daunting for someone looking for inspiration for a smaller project.

Overall - a nice book to browse through, but don't expect an inspiration sourcebook, or a really thorough "how to" book.

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