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CANCELLED - Mermania - Mermaids and Nautical Oddities Friday, July 31, 9:00 AM  
Michael deMeng $145   
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: None**
Workshop Category: Assemblage

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Listen up you salty seadogs, here's the scuttlebutt: It's time to nail your colors to the mast and clean the crustaceans from your ears. We are heading out to the sea of found objects and assemblage to create some Nautical Oddities. I love shipwrecks, not being on one but rather the aesthetic of these dark ever-changing structures. After years beneath the waves, these relics eventually merge with the oceanic critters to form a curious hybrid; something fabricated and manmade that has evolved into something organic and strange. This is exactly what we are going to create in this workshop; we will take an object or objects and give them a nice dose of the briny deep. What you create is entirely up to you - it could be a shrine to a mermaid, a tentacled shrine, or clawed crustacean covered clock - the sea is the limit. I should mention that you will not need to go fishing to find your ocean dwelling critters, we are artists -so - what we can't find we can easily make. Get ready to batten down the hatches because we're heading deep into No Man's Land.

Student should bring:

  • You'll need some sort of base for your assemblage. Could be a frame, an old clock, a violin case, an old camera -literally anything.
  • Toy fish, octopi, crabs, etc. You might be able to find some of that (like shells, etc) in the gift shops but perhaps a safer option is to bring a few things on your own. If you're specifically doing mermaids, you will want a doll or a Barbie or an action figure (at least the upper torso) and of course, a fish tail - preferably not a real one.
  • Aves Apoxie Clay 1lb or more (3lbs would be ideal). What you can't find we will fabricate with this stuff.
  • Variety of other found objects that might be interesting additions to the deMented toys. Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts - just about anything, really.
  • Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes - 1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)
  • Paint (acrylic - preferably Golden Paints brand - either fluid or heavy body will work)
  • Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
  • Black (Mars or Carbon)
  • Titanium White
  • Pthalo Blue (green shade)
  • Van Dyke Brown
  • Quinacridone Crimson
  • Pthalo Green
  • Adhesives:
  • Acrylic/latex caulking (white)
  • E6000


  • Optional Paints:
  • Interference Colors (blue, violet or any others)
  • Iridescent colors (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper, etc)
  • Micaceous Iron Oxide
  • Transparent Brown Iron Oxide
  • Azurite Hue
  • Optional Tools:
  • Heat gun
  • Dremel with cut off wheel and engraving bit

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU19, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: mdmuerto@gmail.com
Website: www.michaeldemeng.com