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Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art

Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art [Kindle Edition]

Michael de Meng
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

"*Combines two popular topics--assemblage and found objects

*Pairs gorgeous photography with a creative design to help it jump off shelves

*Features an artistic style that's proven popular with countless magazine readers and workshop students

Secrets of Rusty Things takes readers behind the scenes to show them each step in the assemblage art process. It covers everything from gathering found-object materials to putting them together in a way that tells a meaningful story--all presented in the author's warm and humorous writing style. This book provides the perfect challenge for collage enthusiasts or anyone looking for a new way to express his or her creativity! "

About the Author

Michael de Meng is an assemblage artist whose work is heavily influenced by Latin American art forms such as retablos, ex votos, and milagros. He works and resides in Missoula, Montana.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10404 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (30 May 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0024CF08O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #607,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.9 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I received the Secrets of Rusty Things by Michael deMeng yesterday and finished reading it in one go. I couldn't put it down! It is beautifully illustrated, with sumptuous colours, very artfully put together, witty and humorous, and Michael's work is just brilliant! Each of the 10 pieces of Art created by Michael's talented hands, is preceeded by an explanation of the myth that the piece is based on. Also quirky but fun reading are the spiral-bordered asides, where Michael explains the where and how of finding materials to use, as well as his thought processes when creating a piece.

I absolutely and thoroughly recommend this book to anyone wishing to take their collage-making to a different level, or those wishing to explore the fascinating world of assemblage art. Lovers of Mexican art and the Day of the Dead Festival, take note - this book will inspire you too. An absolute gem of a book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspires mythic imagination 9 Jan 2008
By Rigi
Of the many delicious books on the market to inspire, this is one of my favourites. What makes this book stand out in my collection is that it is the only one that takes a deeper look into the artist's creative process. The layering of image, process, narrative, technique and personal anicdote in the layout is ingenious and best reflects de Meng's work. This isn't so much a "how to" - although it provides more than enough technique - but a journey into mythic imagination - where inspiration lies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different. 19 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill 'how to' books on offer. It gives an insight into how one artist approaches his particular compulsion and leads the reader through his methods and dilemmas to finished pieces. It is well-presented in imagery and text and I find I dip into it frequently, not necessarily for technique (plenty of other books cover this) but for a change of outlook. I have been inspired in directions I might not have taken if I hadn't had this book on hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beauty of decay 2 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The pictures are a little small, almost secretive in themselves, but with my glasses on, no problem, and lots of ideas to pick from. The whole bool is visually stimulating to peruse and reflects a love of all things gothic and the beauty of decay.
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