Techniques in Metal
Author Arline M. Fisch
review by Therese Martin
176 pages | Lark Books
October 28, 2003 | English
Black and White Photographs | ISBN-10: 1579905145
Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Textile Artists and Sculptures is a
well-written book on the subject of weaving with metal. The front cover
showing a stunning brooch is a most wonderful example of weaving in gold
wire by the Arline Fisch named “Zigzag”.
The beginning chapter starts
with historical examples of garments and artifacts blending metal and
textiles, giving the reader a great deal about the art form from ancient
times. There are stunning examples of necklaces, gold collars, handbags,
clothing, and a beautiful courtier’s headdress, in this chapter. These
photographs are in black and white, which I would have preferred in color
to see their great beauty.
The next chapter, which covers tools, materials
and the process itself, gives the reader information on working with gold,
silver, brass, copper and pewter. Each tool, metal, and procedure is
covered quite well. This gives the reader the information needed to
understand the technique he or she is choosing to do. There are extreme
close up photographs to help see exactly what is being done. This is of
great help to understand the technique.
The following chapters cover the
weaving, knitting, crocheting, braiding, basketry and knots giving the
same attention to detail that was used in the first chapters. As in the
proceeding chapters the extreme close up photographs help pinpoint in
detail what is being discussed. These photographs are in black and white,
which in this instance is an extraordinary help.
The lack of contrast form
color this time actually helps the reader see the technique in the tiniest
detail. There are beautiful examples though out this book showing off the
metal weaving, braiding, crocheting and knitting that can be archived.
the last chapter, Contemporary Work, A Pictorial Survey, there is a
stunning array of pieces of all kinds. There is sculpture, jewelry,
handbags, and clothing, to out of this world art, all to open up your
creative mind. The last part of the book gives the reader information on
recommended tools, suppliers for those tools, sizing for hooks and
needles, measurements and a bibliography to find more information on each