In principle, mosaic is simple to create—it can be tackled by anyone who can tile a wall or glue down a collage. In practice, it needs to be carefully conceived, designed, planned, and executed for a real professional look. Practical and inspiring ideas for the beginner and the more experienced, this guide to the ancient art of mosaic features dazzling designs for home and garden, with 16 step-by-step projects, trace-off patterns, and an ample array of color photos to show you how to create your own beautiful mosaics.
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Peggy Vance holds an MA in Art History from Christ's College, Cambridge, and has worked as an art historian and assistant curator of design at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She has edited a wide range of books on fine, decorative and applied art, and is the author of Gaugin: The Masterworks, William Morris Wallpapers and Faberge.
Celia Goodrick-Clarke trained as a textile designer in Birmingham and London and taught art and textile design in London. She has worked for a variety of magazines and weekly newspapers including Homes & Gardens, Sunday Express Magazine and Metropolitan Home.
Vance and Goodrick-Clarke are sophisticated guides, inviting readers along on a visually stimulating tour of the countless possibilities for mosaics. Pictured are striking examples of architectural settings, such as gardens, pools, grottoes, and home interiors. Unique works by artists include jewelry, furniture, distinctively designed floors and walls, and decorative objects--all embellished with designs created in ceramic tile, glass, stone, marble, and some unexpected materials. This invaluable resource offers step-by-step projects, explanations of tools and techniques, and a final section of bold motifs, for use in creating mosaic designs. The guidance is here for anyone interested in acquiring hands-on skills, or just looking to be inspired by exuberant representations of mosaic art. Alice Joyce
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