Saturday, March 14, 2020

Stone Art Blog has moved

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So my poor old blog has seen some serious neglect. However, I am happy to announce it is getting a revival on my updated website.
I have imported the best of all my old blog posts from over the years and even added a few backdated posts I meant to write about. In fact at the time of writing this notice I have 10 new blog posts added.
Come have a look and 👀 And I promises to get back to blogging a bit more.

You can find it under the blog heading on my website or via the link here

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Stone related books for Christmas

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Stone related books make great presents for your stone mad friends. Here are a few stone related books I recommend checking out if you are looking for some great christmas presents. Just remember if you're planning on ordering your books online, get ordering soon to be sure you receive them before Christmas.
Most of the links provided have free worldwide shipping. Some of the books need to be ordered from the artist's direct but I have added these links also. The prices I have shown are correct as of time of writing this post.
So in no particular order here are my recommendations for Christmas 2016:

A Legacy in Stone… The Artistry of Andreas Kunert

Andreas Kunert is a stone artist based in Victoria, Canada. He has a substantial and impressive portfolio of work. Much of his work has gone completely viral on the internet, popping up all over the place.
This book is a lovely catalogue of much of his work and a great addition to your bookshelf. 

Order this book here through the artists website 

Price $45.00 plus P&P

The Andy Goldsworthy Project

Andy Goldsworthy's beautiful ephemeral artworks have been rendered timeless in numerous photographic records. This book deals with Goldsworthy's work in nearly twenty years, and underscores the artists permanent output since 1984.
Many of his great stone creations are in this book.
A lovely chunky coffee table book. 

Click on the link below to buy with free worldwide shipping.
Price: €33.44 (including shipping and 20% off via the link below)

Andy Goldsworthy : Enclosure

Reflecting Goldsworthy's lifelong interest in the landscape of the British Isles, its history, and the people who work on it, Enclosure is a collection of ephemeral work that relates to sheep, including many of his dry stone enclosures.
A lovely chunky coffee table book. 

Click on the link below to buy with free worldwide shipping.
Price: €33.99 (including shipping and 43% off via the link below)

Stone by Design: The Artistry of Lew French

More than 125 gorgeous photographs showcase the beauty of award-winning stonemason Lew French's work in eight different homes, illustrating how rounded fieldstone, gray slate, rough granite, and even curvy driftwood can be incorporated into stunning pieces of functional art. 
I did a blog post on his work a while back which you can read here.
Click on the link below to buy with free worldwide shipping.
Price: €29.37 (including shipping via the link below)

Lew French's new book
Released just this summer, this second book on Lew French's most recent designs includes works like the huge outdoor water feature at an office building near Boston. A residential landscape on Chappaquiddick, as well as his own retreat home in the mountains of Brazil. Also featured are his framed art pieces, puzzled together from rock and driftwood
 Fans of natural building and all kinds of masonry will be more than impressed. 
I did a blog post on his work a while back which you can read here.
Click on the link below to buy with free worldwide shipping.
Price: €24.90 (including shipping and 11% off via the link below)

Dan Snow: Listening to Stone
Listening to Stone is Dan Snows follow up to his first book  In the Company of Stone. In this second book Dan once again proves that he is not just one of America's premier artisans, but also one of our most articulate voices on the natural world and our relationship to it. Peter Mauss's tactile photographs of Snow's artistry are matched by the artisan's quietly compelling prose.

Click on the link below to buy with free worldwide shipping.
Price: €18.97 (including shipping and 11% off via the link below)

The Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook

Maggy Howarth is one of the world's foremost pebble mosaic experts, known for the innovative traditional and contemporary designs she has used to create outdoor mosaics around the world.

This new edition is updated, revised and expanded by 32 pages to incorporate many new inspirational designs from the author's studio, Cobblestone Designs, including an experiment in 3-D, spirals and roundels, and large mosaic designs for community spaces. There is also a special section that explores pebble mosaics as a decorative art throughout history.

The book provides practical step-by-step instructions for creating mosaics using traditional and modern materials, tools and techniques. The 400 beautiful color photographs and illustrations offer inspiration and make this a stunning how-to book and wish-book.
Click on the link below to buy with free worldwide shipping.
Price: €31.39 (including shipping and 6% off via the link below)

Corbelled Domes

Corbelled domed structures are both fascinating and ancient in technique. The process of corbeling has remained unchanged for thousands of years. The proof of this is that many of these ancient structures still stand today, a testament to their solid construction method. Renate Lobbecke has been tracking down such structures for over 25 years. On her travels in 15 countries she has captured photographs depicting this unique phenomenon of designed nature."

Definitely recommend this one. You can find it in the link below with free worldwide shipping.
Price: €45.03 (including shipping and 6% off via the link below)

Stone : A Legacy and Inspiration for Art

Stone: A Legacy and Inspiration for Art is a beautiful, visually stimulating book, exploring the delights of contemporary stone sculpture and stone carving. Stone is a major resource and inspiration for artists, craft-workers, and scholars in many areas, and also has huge attraction for a wider public, given its high visual impact, dramatic footage and timely re-evaluation of often hidden professions. Stone offers an introduction to the traditional techniques of stone carving and reviews methods of extraction that are dying out. The authors traveled worldwide learning, interviewing and photographing these unique processes. The photographs in this book show the stunning results. The book then goes on to look at the work of crafts people today in contemporary stone sculpture.
Click on the link below to buy with free worldwide shipping.
Price: €25.40 (including shipping and 13% off via the link below)

The Art of Letter Carving in Stone
"The Art of Letter Carving in Stone" portrays the beauty of this age-old craft alongside practical instruction. Written by an eminent practitioner and teacher, it guides the novice through the basics of letter carving, drawn lettering and making simple designs, and for the more experienced it explains a new proportioning system for classical Roman capitals and demonstrates a useful approach to designing letterform variations.
A great book for those who carve stone or wish to begin carving.

Click on the link below to buy with free shipping.
Price: €21.65 (including shipping and 31% off via the link below)

Irish Stone Walls: History, Building, Conservation by Pat McAfee
A unique history and 'how to' book on one of Ireland's most distinctive landscape features - the stone wall. The Irish countryside is a patchwork of over 250,000 miles of stone wall.
A great little book on Irish stone walls. By the great Irish waller Pat McAfee.

The Book depository have a great 18% off deal on this book at the moment so its just over €14 with free worldwide shipping. See link below

Dry Stone Walling. A Practical Guide
Dry Stone Walling. A Practical Guide
by Alan Brooks and Sean Adcock
159 pages 
A4 paperback, wiro-bound 
391 illustrations, by Linda Francis and Elizabeth Agate
 Dry stone walling is one of the most ancient building techniques, used worldwide where stone outcrops at the earth's surface. Britain's varied geology has produced a wide range of building styles, which demonstrate the waller's skill in making the best use of the locally available stone.

Price: £12.95 plus P&P via the link below

How to Build Dry-Stacked Stone Walls : Design and Build Walls, Bridges and Follies Without Mortar
Author John Shaw-Rimmington explains how to build a dry stacked stone wall, coursed walling, bridges, follies and more. He explains the important principles that contribute to the structural integrity of each. He covers all of the essential elements of dry stone building: * Design; * The foundation; * Packing or backfilling within the wall; * Slope of a wall face, an 'A' profile provides stability; * Bridge stones that span the width of the wall; * Coping, the top stones of a wall; * Weight-bearing stones in an arch, bridge, dome, etc. Shaw-Rimmington then guides the reader through the building process. With dedication to the task and the author's experienced guidance, the only limit is imagination. Click on the link below to buy with free shipping.
Price: €18.86 (including shipping and 23% off via the link below)

The Art of the Stonemason
A fifth-generation stonemason discusses how to choose stone, build a wall on sloping ground, circular walls, windowsills, fireplaces, stairs, arches and hunchbacked bridges. 
A great practical guide to building stone features for anyone with some experience in stone building.

Click on the link below to buy with free shipping.
Price: €20.14 (including shipping via the link below)

Europe’s field boundaries
Written in two volumes 
Georg Muller has written a most wonderful book called 'Europe's Field Boundaries in 2 volumes. Georg basically spent the last 30 years traveling around Europe surveying dry stone walls, hedged banks etc in most European countries (Ireland, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Greece etc etc)
The books have almost 1300 pages and 5000 colour images. 

The books are beautifully bound with gold leaf and are a very special collection indeed, they are a real investment and highly recommendable. 

Information on how to order the books in the link below
Price for the two volumes together is €289 plus P&P

This is just a few of the great stone related books that are out there. I have lots more book recommendations in the book recommendations section of my blog here

Friday, March 25, 2016

Mosaic inspiration from Barcelona, Spain

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In preparation for my first next mosaic workshop of 2016, I took a trip to Barcelona, Spain for some mosaic inspiration. Rather than rambling on, I will let the photos speak for themselves. I probably took 100's of photographs during my visit to Barcelona. Below is a selection of them for your viewing pleasure.
My first stop had to be one of Antonio Gaudi's greatest works, Park Guell.

Be sure to click on the photos to get a larger view.

Park Güell
Park Guell is one of the most impressive public parks in the world. The park is located in Barcelona and was designed by famous architect Antonio Gaudi.
Gaudi planned and directed the construction of the park from 1900 to 1914 for Eusebi Guell for a residential park intended for sixty single- family residences.
The project became city property in 1923. Though never fully completed, it still remains one of Gaudi's most colorful and playful works.

Palau de la Música Catalana
The Palau de la Música Catalana was built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a home for the Orfeó Català, financed by popular subscription.
The building is designed around a central metal structure covered in glass, which exploits natural light to make the make Domènech i Montaner's masterpiece into  a magical music box which brings together all the decorative arts: sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and ironwork.
I could not have finished my trip to Barcelona without a trip to Sagrada Familia. 
Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí's most famous works in Barcelona. It's a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 and it's not expected to be completed until 2026. 
The cathedral has some nice mosaic features (with much more to come) but for me it is the interior that is a triumph.

It is worth noting that all three sites visited above are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a testament to their significance in the mosaic world.
If this post has inspired you to have a go at creating your own piece of mosaic art, I am running a weekend mosaic workshop at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland on August 27th-28th 2016    
This workshop is open to all levels of experience.
Learn a new skill and create a piece of art for your home or garden in the process.
If you have a larger project in mind, and need help getting started, this workshop is a great way to get you started on the right foot.
The studio sits on the edge of Kinsale town, a touristic gem of west Cork. Bring a packed lunch or head into the town for a bite. Plenty of accommodation available in Kinsale town and surrounding area as well as Cork City itself. A public bus service operates between Cork and Kinsale if traveling without a car.
What does the workshop involve?
 Workshop will involve:
  • Introduction to mosaicing materials and tools.
  • Introduction to the design process.
  • Looking at different mosaicing processes.
  • Coming up with a design for your project.
  • Creating your masterpiece.
  • Introduction to grouts and grouting
  • Grouting and finishing your work of art to take home with you.  

Weekend workshop is €180 p/p and includes all materials needed. Teas & Coffees also included. Bring a packed lunch.  Discounts available for group bookings. See below for details. Limited spaces available. Booking essential. AN ADDITIONAL 10% EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT ON ALL BOOKINGS IF YOU BOOK BEFORE JUNE30TH (DISCOUNT CODE: saveme10)