Applications of mosaic design for today's home

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Doris Ross Hite (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Clara Ridder

Abstract: Architects are rediscovering the unique qualities that the ancient art of mosaic can contribute to modern architecture. They are including mosaics in the design of numerous public and private structures. However, the creation of mosaic is often a high-cost process and therefore, this art is usually limited to the more expensive buildings. This study was undertaken to explore the feasibility of creating mosaics suitable for use in multi-priced homes. Sources for mosaic supplies were located. Representative surface materials, bonding agents and backing materials were collected for experimentation in mosaic design. These materials were studied in relation to color, shape, compatibility with other materials, workability and design possibilities. Various construction methods and mosaic backings were examined. Different types of adhesives were applied and observed for setting time, holding power and coloration. The most expensive methods and materials were rejected. This investigative work effected the decision to limit this study to mosaics composed of hard tiles and stones. The decision was based on such factors as: accessibility, handling ease, moderate cost and personal preference of the author. Finally, four original designs were created, using methods and materials considered most effective in achieving the objectives of this study. Color photographs were taken and data pertaining to materials, techniques, cost and findings was recorded.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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