Author(s): MARY MAQUIRE
In this book, the natural beauty and texture of sticks, wood, stones and pebbles are celebrated in inspirational and practical designs. 25 original projects include a wall-hanging cabinet made from driftwood; a beautiful twig candelabra; door-stops made from stone; and pebble-mosaic slabs for a garden path or patio. It offers exciting projects from today's leading craft artists. It is a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about materials, equipment and techniques. It offers clear step-by-step instructions with over 300 specially commissioned photographs. It presents a contemporary approach to working with timeless, natural materials. The use of stone and wood for decorative and symbolic purposes is as ancient as the materials themselves: from basket-making to a Roman pebble mosaic; from African statuettes to the mysterious circle at Stonehenge, the use of the earth's simplest materials is still effective today. This is a unique collection of 25 practical ideas for decorating your home, created by a professional artisan. Every project is self-contained, and step-by-step photographs guide the reader through each stage.
The introductory section covers some of the basic skills and equipment required, while exploring the different materials involved. For inspiration, there is a gallery of original pieces from contemporary artists. With its inventive designs, this is the first practical craft book to explore the beautiful potential of these natural materials.
Mary Maguire studied Fine Art and Textiles at Goldsmith's College, London, and gained an MA at the Royal College of Art in Metalwork and Jewellery. Since then she has continued to develop and exhibit her work in various different media. Peter Williams is one of the best known and most highly regarded still-life photographers. He has photographed several titles in the New Crafts series and works regularly for Homes and Gardens and Country Living magazines.