Mosaics have been a part of our environment for thousands of years, and in this beautiful book, renowned mosaicist Verdiano Marzi reveals the secrets of his trade, and generously invites us to share in his passion for this ancient artform. Through clear, step-by-step instructions he describes the tools, materials and methods involved, giving us the means to unleash our creativity and play with light, colour, shape and contrast to create stunning mosaics, including a table top, a modern-day frieze, a wall lamp and a fabulous bird sculpture.
Verdiano Marzi became a master mosaicist after studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown of Ravenne, the cradle of Byzantine Paleochristian mosaics (4th - 5th century AD). On arriving in France in 1973, he enrolled at the Aecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris as a student of the mosaicist Riccardo Licata. He then joined forces with Licata to found the Anaxagoras Group, which included numerous talented artists such as Giovanna Galli. Besides creating mosaics and showing them at his own exhibitions and with other artists, Verdiano Marzi also teaches, in particular at the Louvre, and carries out restoration work. In 1987 he was awarded the Premio Murano prize, an international competition involving glass art in Venice, followed by the Grand prix regional des Metiers d'art in Paris in 1990. Fabienne Gambrelle is an education and training historian, and has published several history books about French companies and their trades. She is also a scriptwriter for animated films and televised fiction.
* expert advice from one of the world's most talented mosaicists * provides a glimpse into the world of the expert mosaicist, including the tools, materials and equipment they use, and who and what has inspired them * Clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography to show you how to make exquisite mosaics of your own in a range of classic and contemporary styles.