Author(s): Emma Biggs
This text explores the different elements of mosaic design and technique through a variety of projects which aim to give novices the confidence to start and the more experienced the freedom to progress. The book looks back at the historical beginnings of the craft, and goes on to show how beginners can learn to transform such items as tables, picture frames and tiles. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of mosaic design and technique, such as colour, laying, contrast, texture and pattern, showing how to achieve movement, tone and texture in a mosaic design. These aspects are illustrated by 24 projects featuring birds, fish, animals, figures and fruit. The basic techniques of mosaic are comprehensively explained and illustrated, and ideas are given for different mosaic applications. Templates are included for each design, enabling readers to pick designs to execute for their chosen application.
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.
Introduction PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN: 1 Stylization 2 Colour 3 Contrast 4 Laying 5 Texture 6 Pattern 7 Form and Figures 8 Historical REFERENCE SECTION, INCLUDING: materials - techniques - applications - where to see mosaics Suppliers Index