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Mosaics (Studio Secrets) Paperback – 1 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844485064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844485062
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Step into the studio of this mosaic maker and learn the secrets of his trade. This is a fascinating book, but it does not go quite far enough for my taste. There are not enough projects. However, armed with the knowledge in this book, you should be able to strike out on your own. Good photography, very clear instructions, history, exciting look at an artist in his workshop but only 5 projects.-Karenplatt.co.uk Learn from the master, as internationally renowned mosaicist Verdiano Marzi shares his knowledge of the history of this ancient art form before taking you through step-by-step instructions to design and make your own mosaics. His passion for the subject is evident as he encourages you to play with light, colour, shape and contrast to create stunning mosaics for your home and garden.-The Craftsman Watch a modern mosaic master in his studio and learn some of the tricks of the trade. This book is well illustrated with lots of shots of Marzi at work and it is certainly motivating to see what a truly renowned mosaicist's workplace looks like, and how he goes about his work. I've got quite a few books on making mosaics and invariably they show somebody having a go in an ordinary home environment, often making something fairly basic. The projects in here are just as step-by-step, but seeing such a very different workplace and contrasting it with one's own kitchen table/garden shed etc can be rather intimidating. Reading between all this reveals several projects demonstrating the main types of mosaic: direct method, mesh method and reverse mosaic. A large amount of space is devoted to one project to make a brightly colored free standing bird sculpture for the garden, but you can also learn how to make a frieze, how the ancients worked and make a wall lamp. Discover a brief history of mosaic, how to cut the tiles, see the different materials used for making mosaics and find out at least some of what you need to buy. I would have preferred Search Press' usual illustrated list of items all carefully laid out on a table but much of the information you need is in here somewhere. Somebody very used to a large number of craft processes or anybody who has done a small amount of mosaic work and has the tools and a little (but not much) experience ought to find it useful.-Myshelf.com This photo guide follows Marzi in his Paris studio as he works on several mosaic projects from start to finish. Readers see his extensive collection of tools and materials as well as close-up demonstrations of his techniques. Gambrelle's (coauthor, Studio Secrets: Millinery) text (translated from the French) is concise and includes step-by-step instructions for duplicating projects for plaques and a large three-dimensional bird. Because there are few projects, this is mainly of interest to studio artists.-Library Journal USA

About the Author

Verdiano Marzi became a master mosaicist after studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown of Ravenne, the cradle of Byzantine Paleochristian mosaics (4th - 5th century AD). On arriving in France in 1973, he enrolled at the Aecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris as a student of the mosaicist Riccardo Licata. He then joined forces with Licata to found the Anaxagoras Group, which included numerous talented artists such as Giovanna Galli. Besides creating mosaics and showing them at his own exhibitions and with other artists, Verdiano Marzi also teaches, in particular at the Louvre, and carries out restoration work. In 1987 he was awarded the Premio Murano prize, an international competition involving glass art in Venice, followed by the Grand prix regional des Metiers d'art in Paris in 1990. Fabienne Gambrelle is an education and training historian, and has published several history books about French companies and their trades. She is also a scriptwriter for animated films and televised fiction.


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I was really looking forward to reading this book, due to the studio secrets etc. But on the whole I found the book to be very disappointing. There was only one real project in the book, ie the bird on the lawn, with 2 or 3 other small projects thrown in. So I think there are better books out there. Thanks.
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Step into the studio of this mosaic maker and learn the secrets of his trade. This is a fascinating book, but it does not go quite far enough for my taste. There are not enough projects. However, armed with the knowledge in this book, you should be able to strike out on your own. Good photography, very clear instructions, history, exciting look at an artist in his workshop but only 5 projects. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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such a beautiful book to keep dipping into, showing and explaining the use of traditional and modern techniques and materials with some inspiring projects that illustrate these techniques.
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HASH(0x8daab8f4) out of 5 stars Not Secret anymore 12 Aug. 2012
By domster - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Value...
They say pictures are worth a 1000 words and that is certainly true of this book by Verdiano Marzi and Fabienne Gambrelle.
Unlike other books on mosaics, this one offers some of the best explanatory notes on process using traditional methods.
The photographs are well composed and reinforce the simple text well. Definitely for the master and novice alike!
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HASH(0x8db4054c) out of 5 stars An interesting resource for the experienced mosaic artist 29 July 2010
By Lesley Grace - Published on Amazon.com
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I only have this book in the French language version having bought it a few years ago in Paris. It gives an insight into the work of a particular professional mosaic artist; his methods, his inspiration, and some projects to attempt at home. The projects seem fairly advanced using indirect methods or mesh - things I find too tricky and the materials used - stone, smalti etc are expensive and difficult to cut. You might be able to adapt the ideas to direct method and use cheaper tesserae or it may spark off your own ideas but there are very few projects in the book and none of them are for beginners. Perhaps it would be easier to follow in English!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc31a68) out of 5 stars Good Mosaic Secrets for the Less Informed 23 Aug. 2010
By Linda A. Devaney - Published on Amazon.com
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Found this book a little lacking in what I hoped to find. I'm close to an advanced mosaic artist and I found very little here that was new to me. It wasn't particularly helpful but could be somewhat useful for artists beyond the novice stage.
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Great reference book and great service getting it to me! Thank you.
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