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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 The best of the current crop of mosaic books! June 1 2001
Format:Hardcover
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. I have recently purchased 3 other books on making mosaic designs (both how-to and inspiration), and this is by far the best.
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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Funky Jan. 19 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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 informative and it features some really fun stuff. I don't think any of the projects use just the little square tiles we are used to seeing in the ancient Roman and Byzantine mosaics. Candace Bahouth uses nature colored pebbles to create a truly splendid mirror. Kaffe Fassett shares a kitschy pearl covered lamp and a table made of broken ceramics and rose chips to set it on. The authors express what inspires them to make the beauty of Kaffes flower garden and Bahouth's absolutely enchanting shell grotto. These two have fun doing their art and want us to do the same. All the designs include well writen instructions and fun stories on how the pieces came to be. The pictures, stories and tips, like how to make a "swing" effect or how to color grout once the piece is put together, were enough to inspire me to put down the book and "Collect, compose and create." This is a cool book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive, nicely photographed Nov. 5 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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. It is also a quality book, like Kaffe's and Candace's others, with nice photography and fine, glossy paper. I haven't read the text, since I never do -- does anyone or do we all just look at the photos and make the featured designs? There is an armchair done in mosaics -- looking uncomfortable to sit upon but very striking for the household. A few of the murals were nice. Since I haven't gotten involved in mosaics, I don't know if these designs/techniques are unique or commonplace. Some of the photos were a bit cluttered, so it was difficult to zero-in on items of interest. Personally, I'm not into mosaics, but I found the book entertaining to look at and as an artist I believe it will be inspiring to those interested in mosaics or interested in modern design -- Kaffe and his protege's (or is it the protege's influencing Kaffe?) do have a way of blending modern graphics techniques with needle- and now mosaic-craft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Feb. 4 2002
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Inspirational of All Mosaic Books Sept. 22 2001
Format:Hardcover
Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth put together the most beautifully photographed and well written book on the wonderful art of Mosaics. If I could only keep one mosaic book - this would be the one. The artists give you their own perspective on how they came up with materials and color ideas for each project in the book. Projects range from wall murals to an incredible mosaic chair that looks like a tapestry, to a shabby chic faux pearl lamp, to an entire patio with the boldest colors. You'll want to make friends with every high-end tile setter in town and you'll never look at a piece of broken pottery or china the same way again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Up Your Imagination! Feb. 7 2004
By Leann
Format:Hardcover
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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