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Mosaics [Paperback]

Kaffe Fassett , Candace Bahouth
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Sept. 10 2001
The art of mosaic has been around for centuries. This book brings the process into the present, as two accomplished designers invite readers to explore dramatic color combinations using a variety of materials. This is a rich collection of creative projects for both interiors and exteriors. It includes detailed instructions for working with broken crockery and tiles, and preparing items such as window frames and mirrors. The book offers stunning yet practical ideas -- from a fine mosaic vase and window surround to a mosaic garden terrace, table, and planter.
-- Features 16 imaginative projects.
-- Includes step-by-step instructions for projects and materials.
-- Offers designers and crafters new ways to use color.

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Personality! Nov. 15 2007
I love this book. It is quirkiness in action - something to pick up on a gray day when you need life and colour and romance around you.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Up Your Imagination! Feb. 7 2004
By Leann
If you think that beautiful mosaics can only be done with china and tile, you haven't seen this book yet! If you're tired of the sweet, pink rose mosaics, then this is the book for you!
The mosaics in this book are done in a delicious tapestry of jewel tones, often highlighted by found objects. The dazzling images in this book will have you looking around your house with a new eye and your hammer.
I purchased this because I have a killer knitting book by Kaffe and I wasn't disappointed! This is visual yumminess!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK! April 3 2003
This book is a wonderful inspiration. I want all my surfaces and objects to be soooooo...vibrant with color. I have many mosaic books but this is the one I reach for when I am stuck for color or interesting ways of combining tessare to objects. I love it! It has lead me to explore all of Kaffe Fassett's books, he is genius with color. No other textile or mosaic artist has made me soar with inspiration!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Makes Me Happy. Feb. 19 2002
By A Customer
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 me pleasure to contemplate the creative images in this inspiring book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Feb. 4 2002
My first review...
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!)
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I bought this for my sister-in-law who started doing mosaics but had no reference material. She loves it! Kaffe has an eye for colour and design that can't be faulted, and the instructions are clear and easily followable. There are a range of projects suitable for your home, or gifts. Great book, and I am in the good books with my sister-in-law!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Inspirational of All Mosaic Books
Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth put together the most beautifully photographed and well written book on the wonderful art of Mosaics. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2001 by Heidi White
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the current crop of mosaic books!
Kaffe Fasset always lends a wild, whimsical, almost overpoweringly colorful touch to whatever craft he turns his mighty skills to, and this book is no exception. Read more
Published on June 1 2001 by Catherine Bargar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of original mosaic projects & designs.
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 more
Published on May 4 2000 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
The vibrancy of Kaffe & Candace's work is wonderful in that it gets your creative juices flowing as you look in new directions for inspiration & motivation. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2000 by Deborah Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Funky
I am a budding mosaic artist and I found this book both inspirational and informative. Since I am also a book junkie I have several mosiac books and this is one of the more... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive, nicely photographed
If you are interested in mosaics as a craft, this book is worthwhile. It presents some very creative methods for using mosaics inside and outside of the home. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 1999
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