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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2007
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
on 9 January 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2009
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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on 16 February 2015
Really, do not buy this. First of all, the layout of the book is appalling, every page identical and photographs that are neither helpful or descriptive in that they are too small, not sharp and not helpful. The writing style isn't descriptive either, if you're after a how to, or step by step guide, avoid this book. I actually bought this as a resource for my students but I shan't be using it. If you want a book that's dull, twee and baffling then this is it. Worst of all perhaps, is that the work in the book isn't even that good, all a bit overdone, no restraint. If you want something more fine art, just look at Joseph Cornell whose boxes are exquisite and inspiring, if you want something more crafty, then keep looking, this book is neither one nor the the other. What I get from this book is a sense of a very large ego and vanity project, the maker having a much higher opinion of his work than it deserves. Finally if you want dark and rusty and gnarly assemblage/collage - have a look at Dave McKean's stuff. Vastly superior to this.
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on 15 July 2013
Whilst the book was not what I had expected! the service and delivery was very good.
In my previous feedback I left negative feedback for the book.
However the service met with all expectations and I would use this provider again.
K Tilley
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on 2 November 2013
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2011
Not at all impressed with either the ideas or the illustrations or instructions. I wouldn't have bought it if I'd seen it in the flesh so to speak
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I was really disapointed in this having hoped for something to enable my art and inspire to create...not to copy but for impetus and ideas.
It was a lovely journey through this artists work but not sadly what I expected. I didn't even like it enough to add it to the many books in my collection.
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