The projects will all be small, easy to make and imaginative, and will appeal to a broad market. The aim is to make them accessible to all ages and abilities, thereby attracting people who are new to mosaics, love the designs and simply want to have a go, as well as more experienced mosaicists looking for new ideas. The user-friendly’ materials and techniques that the author uses also makes them ideal projects for children, under adult supervision. The book will include a broad range of designs, in different shapes and styles and using different materials - no glass will be used because of the health and safety issues. Each project will be accompanied by an alternative version, used following the same method but using different materials, colours, etc. The emphasis of the projects will be on the designs themselves, and will include several different ways of displaying the mosaics, e.g. as fridge magnets, wall hangings, coasters, mirror frames, jewellery and paperweights. Aimee’s work is characterised by her new and innovative use of different materials within her mosaics - stones, beads, old jewellery, fabric scraps, sequins, feathers, buttons, coins, millefiori, glitter sand, etc. - all of which are readily available from craft stores, online mosaic suppliers, or simply sourced from charity shops, or collected while you’re out on a walk! The author will be able to provide a list of suppliers, and may also be able to supply some materials herself via her website www.mosaicmadromans.com. The method used by the author is the direct method’, which is the simplest method for making mosaics, and involves fixing the tiles and other items directly to an MDF base using strong PVA glue, then grouting when dry.
Aimee Harman is a self-taught mosaicist who became obsessed with making mosaics around 2005. In 2007, she offered to mosaic a roundabout in Peacehaven where she lives (images can be seen on her website (mosaicmadromans.com), and as a result of the publicity she received, she landed the job of restoring all the mosaics on The Orient Express. Since then she has received various commissions, including designing eight mosaics for The Northern Belle train in Crewe. Aimee also runs an artist’s cafe in Rottingdean, E Sussex, where she holds children’s mosaic parties and workshops for adults, and also offers school visits where she teaches and inspires children about the Romans through art, design, drama and history. As if that wasn’t enough, Aimee also runs her own web-based company, from which she produces and sells mosaic kits for children.