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Mosaics : design sourcebook
Cheek, Martin.
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Publication Information:
North Pomfret, Vt. : Trafalgar Square Pub., 1998.
Physical Description:
125 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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NA3840 .C54 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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An essential practical resource for mosaic artists of all levels as well as a beautifully illustrated portfolio of the very best contemporary mosaic work.

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Booklist Review

Most contemporary mosaicists, for whatever reason, seem to be practicing in Britain, the country from which the authors of two new books hail. Cheek has prepared a printed gallery representing more than 30 artists (himself included) and almost as many styles. He divides the works by subject matter, including nature, humans, abstracts, still lifes, natural pebbles, and sculpture, and takes care that textual explanations are clear and accurate. What is most fascinating is how one subject can be interpreted in a variety of ways--for instance, birds flying in highly realistic, allegorical, humorous, or naive-folk interpretations. With the majority of guides focusing on natural subjects, this author showcases other intriguing mosaicists, such as Maggie Howarth, who pieces together natural pebbles of flint, granite, slate, quartz, and the like. Soler, on the other hand, eschews exhibits in favor of presenting 20 assignments in crafting. With long prefaces on equipment, materials, and the various layout methods, she then launches into a rather odd combination of projects, from a simple box to complete walls, floors, and ceilings. Each of her five categories--classic, Mexican, modern, Islamic, and Eastern--is grouped to demonstrate a similarity of style, with no thought to level of difficulty, and the audience is left undefined. (Such projects as the geometric marble floor or the mirrored mosaic bathroom should obviously be attempted only by near-professionals.) Consult this for a good sense of different designs. --Barbara Jacobs