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Good Reads and References

Friday, 6 October 2017 16:32:21 Europe/London

Good Reads and References

This week we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite art books for you. Some focus on the mosaic art-form while others deal with more general information for artists in all genres. A few of these books showcase the works of individual artists.

What’s on your bookshelf? We’re interested in what Hobby Island Mosaic clients are currently reading too. Take a moment to share your favourite books, magazines, zines and other on-line website reading resources.

Compendium of Mosaic Techniques

Author: Bonnie Fitzgerald

Full of tips and tricks, great advice on troubleshooting common problems, easy to follow project templates and an all-round compendium of mosaic making know-how; we like this one so much we keep it in stock!

Find it here

The Hidden and the Revealed: The Queen Esther Mosaics of Lilian Broca

Authors: Lilian Broca, Sheila Campbell, Judy Chicago, Yosef Wosk

Published by: Published by Gefen Publishing House Ltd., Israel and New York
ISBN: 9789652295606 

 In a recent article we featured the work of Canadian mosaic artist Lilian Broca. You may recall we shared her story of stolen images and how she is choosing to fight back. Broca is a talented mosaic artist whose work has received world-wide attention. This book takes an in-depth look at Broca s body of work known as the Queen Esther Mosaics. The images of her work are stunning and this book will keep you coming back again and again to study the detailed work that makes this mosaic artist famous.

MENOSSI: i mosaici

Author:  Giulio Menossi 

Some of you may be familiar with the work of Giulio Menossi whose career spans over 35 years. His exciting work, often three dimensional is playful, dynamic, and colourful. He mixes media in his mosaics and infuses his work with a passion that is both memorable and powerful. This book includes images of more than sixty of the artist’s mosaics as well as his own writing and essays contributed by author Paolo Maurensig, critic and gallery owner Sergio Colussa, and former étoile of Teatro alla Scala, Elisabetta Armiato. View a preview here.

Doing Art Together

Author: Muriel Silberstein-Storfer with Mablen Jones

We recommend Doing Art Together to all parents and anyone teaching art to children. This book features projects from the well-known Child & Parent workshop originally offered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA.  Structured to include parents working with children in the same class the lesson plans are clearly outlined and accompanied by images of both the children’s work and the pieces completed by their parents.

Beginner's Guide to Mosaic

Authors: Peter Massey & Alison Slater

This book is Ideal for beginners It includes inspirational projects with over eighty step-by-step photographs and images of completed project. We believe this beginner’s guide has all the information anyone could possibly need to get started on their first mosaic project. You can order a copy through us here.

Complete Guide to Mosaic Techniques

Author: Bonnie Fitzgerald

Another staff pick, this guide by Bonnie Fitzgerald offers clear step-by-step instructions on how to design and draw-up an idea, cut & arrange tiles and successfully finish a project. There's a complete resource for mosaic techniques here along with contributions from 40 mosaic artists from around the world. Find it in our online shop here.

Art Fundamentals, Theory and Practice (edition 12)

Authors:  Ocvirk, Otto; Stinson, Robert; Wigg, Philip; Bone, Robert; Cayton, David

First published in 1960, this has been the textbook used for foundation courses in fine arts programmes for over sixty years. The current edition (12) was re-published in 2013 and still includes the essentials. This one has definitely stood the 'the test of time' and deserves a place on any studio bookshelf.

Mini Mosaics

Author: Aimee Harman

Aimee Harman puts a modern twist on the traditional and enduring craft of mosaic, and provides 20 small, fun, imaginative projects, suitable for all ages and abilities (including children). We have it available in the on-line shop here.

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Why It Makes Sense To Buy Mosaics From Us

Friday, 6 October 2017 15:58:53 Europe/London

Craft mosaic tiles can be used to create stunning visual effects. If you’re on the hunt for some of these gleaming items to help you make mosaics for your home, or simply as pieces of artwork, you’ll no doubt want to know you’re benefiting from the best. 

This is where we come in. Here at Hobby Island we know virtually everything there is to know about these products, as well as the accessories that go with them.

Why cheapest doesn’t always mean best

For example, we know that when it comes to mosaic tiles, going for the very cheapest option isn’t always a good idea. With this in mind, we only supply the best glass, ceramic, porcelain and resin versions and you can rest assured they will look and feel great.

Many firms out there offer cheap materials that have been manufactured in China and aren’t up-to-scratch. These sub-standard products can be a health hazard thanks to their sharp edges and tendency to chip. Also, they don’t stand the test of time and they can quickly begin to fade. 

Your one-stop-shop

As well as offering a high quality of tile, we go out of our way to ensure that shopping with us in convenient. That’s why, as well as the selection of vitreous glass mosaic tiles, mother of pearl mosaic tiles and other tiles we offer, we sell all the extras you may need. 

For example, you can pick up paints, glue, grout and pigments, tools, wooden supports and patterns via our website. This means you can see us as your one-stop-shop. Being able to get all of your mosaic craft supplies from one source like this can save you time and hassle.

Help is at hand

Especially if you’re new to this hobby, you might be feeling a little unsure about how to achieve the best results, or even where to start. To help our customers, we provide useful how-to guides for guidance and support. Also, if you’re not sure how many tiles you’ll need, you can simply use our calculators, which allow you to input the size of the area you need to cover. 

A little inspiration

Finding inspiration for your mosaics can be tricky and once you’ve got the creative block, this can be hard to break. To help ensure you’re able to conjure up plenty of ideas, we have an extensive gallery of past projects for you to look at.

While you might not want to copy any of these designs, they should give you plenty of food for thought and you can bring together elements from a number of designs to create original pieces. The important thing when you’re getting stuck into mosaic projects is to have some fun. These tiny items can be used to such great effect and all you need is a little imagination and some spare time.

See for yourself

If you’d like to find out more about exactly what we have to offer, just take a look around the rest of our website. Meanwhile, if you have any questions you’d like to ask, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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