Mosaics Paperback – Sep 10 2001
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Superb colorist Kaffe Fassett departs from his usual medium of textiles to unleash his magic on the world of mosaics. Teamed with expert needle artist-turned-mosaicist Candace Bahouth, Fassett proves no less adept at manipulating the harder materials--glass and ceramic tesserae, broken china and tiles, mirror fragments, pebbles, seashells, and even faux pearls--than his accustomed softer substances of fabric and yarn. As with most of Fassett's oeuvre, this volume is more an assemblage of highly imaginative ideas than a traditional how-to approach. A number of the projects do include step-by-step instructions and there is good coverage of the basics (tools, materials, bases, tesserae preparation, adhesives, grouting), but the presentation presumes the readers' willingness to experiment, as well as some degree of confidence in their own creativity. But again, as is typical of Fassett's productions, the simple act of leafing through these pages offers unlimited inspiration. Stunning photographs abound with brilliant hues and spectacular creations by the authors and by mosaic artists around the world: grottoes, chapels, cars, walls, furniture, terraces, entire buildings. And perhaps mosaic work is not so different from textile manipulation after all: witness the many pieces composed like a patchwork quilt, or the tapestry-upholstered armchair that reveals itself actually to be entirely covered not in fabric but in ceramic tesserae. This volume is truly a feast for the eyes. --Amy Handy --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
Well known as a textile designer, Fassett here teams up with weaver and mosaicist Bahouth for a colorful venture into mosaic art. This book is valuable not so much as an instruction book but as an album showcasing their work. Good instructions are provided for some of their indoor and outdoor projects, but many craftspeople will no doubt use these as inspiration for their own projects. Suitable for arts and crafts collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The authors each have their strengths and complement each other beautifully. How fortunate for their readers that they teamed up on this project! Candace Bahouth's tapestry chair and shell grotto are spectacular, monumental projects, executed by an artist with great technical vision. Kaffe Fassett's work, on the other hand, is loose, playful and free-flowing. Colour is his thing, not working with methodical precision.
I have a large collection of mosaic books, and this is definitely not the book I turn to when planning a complex project or looking for technical information. It is the book I pick up when I want to remind myself of why I love mosaic art.
The content of the step-by-step instructions is adequate; it contains the necessary information on materials and how-to, and covers the territory at least as well as any I've seen. Where this book absolutely dazzles, though, is in its visual inspiration. Fasset and his co-author for this book, Candace Bahouth, will blow your senses with their incredibly colorful designs, as well as the examples of historic mosaicwork of note; you will come away from this book certain that you too can create brightly wild flights of fancy with a few broken bits of crockery and some cement adhesive. And in fact, maybe you can! I warn you, though, fantastic design and color sense doesn't necessarily fall into your lap as effortlessly at it seems. If not, it won't be due to any lack on the part of this book to spark your ideas!
This is a book to come back to again and again; in fact, it's altogether too much to take in all at once! I find myself having to get up in the middle of the night to look at it yet again, as I lie awake picturing all the splendid things I could make...if only I could find such colorful bits of broken china and sparkling glass...
This book is the best out there (and I have seen almost all). The work is simply beautiful, unique, quirky-fun but mature, inspiring, well documented and wonderfully photographed (it's on my coffee table). The two authors, each with different styles and both fluent in multiple media, bring depth that is poorly lacking in most books on the subject.
For any pique assiette/found objects mosaicist, or artists who play with color, pattern, design, mixed media, texture and space I recommend it highly.
(While not on mosaic per se, Fassett's other books have too proved invaluable in my work. They're worth perusing if for no other reason than checking out this man's house! Whoa Nelly!)
Most recent customer reviews
Typically great book from k. Fasset . Certainly inspirational as I start my new hobby!Published 17 months ago by Verna Miller
If you think that beautiful mosaics can only be done with china and tile, you haven't seen this book yet! Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Leann
This book is a wonderful inspiration. I want all my surfaces and objects to be soooooo...vibrant with color. Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by Donna Nicholas
Kaffe and Bahouth have presented a rather wide range of styles for and applications in mosaic. Don't know that I actually want to replicate anything ( what a bore), but it gives... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002
I bought this for my sister-in-law who started doing mosaics but had no reference material. She loves it! Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001 by Samantha Scott
Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth put together the most beautifully photographed and well written book on the wonderful art of Mosaics. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2001 by Heidi White
Original projects for interiors and exteriors using mosaic patterns as inspiration are revealed in a fine guide which provides a wealth of color photo examples to accompany... Read morePublished on May 4 2000 by Midwest Book Review
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