Assemblage Weekend with Michael deMeng

Punk Fiction

Assemblage Weekend with Michael deMeng


  • Michael deMeng
    Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience.
  • Punk Fiction: Embossa Nova Book
    August 19, 2016
    5:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Apocalypto Shrines
    August 20, 2016 - August 21, 2016
    5:00 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy a weekend of assemblage with Michael deMeng. Sign up for Punk Fiction: Embossa Nova Book, Apocalypto Shrines or both! For those taking the full weekend of classes with Michael pay a discounted price of $440, 3 days of instruction! Class size: Minimum 10; Maximum 25 (7-11-16 Classes are made but we have room for more!!)

Punk Fiction: Embossa Nova Book with Michael deMeng
August 19, 2016 | 9 am – 4 pm

One of Michael’s favorite things when he visits Mexico is the little embossed metal shriney things. Usually they are filled with little saints (either painted or actual) and surrounding them are little decorative metal homes. In this class, we are going to explore metal embossing in conjunction with the art of assemblage. For those who aren’t familiar with this process, basically malleable metal is shaped and formed from the underside and then refined; this is also called repoussé and chasing. It creates these very nice raised decorative effects.

In this class, we will modify existing books. Could be a sketchbook or a novel by your favorite author, and they you will customize it using embossing and paints. Michael will show you a variety of techniques with this process and most importantly how you can combine it with other medium, such as sculpture and paint to create a little antiqued book. Don’t be afraid…no one is the emboss of you.

Punk FictionStudents are asked to please bring

  • A hardback book. Could be a sketchbook or any hardback book that you want to modify.
  • Found objects to use in the interior of the shrine or to decorate the exterior. For my shrines I use little model train figures for the interior but it really could be anything. Things like watch parts, camera parts, or any sort of small found objects will work well for decoration.
  • A mouse pad. No, you are not working with a computer….we need a soft surface to emboss on.

Optional items

  • Mica sheets. These can make nice windows.
  • Wire or twine for décor
  • A heat gun (if you don’t want to share)
  • Metal embossing tools by Ten Second Studios if you want your own supplies
    • Basic set
    • Paper stump

Kit fee $40 – Teacher will supply

  • Metal embossing tools to share.
  • Metal sheets
  • Dremel and attachments
  • Paint
  • Adhesives

Apocalypto ShrinesApocalypto Shrines with Michael deMeng
August 20, 2016 | 9 am – 4 pm

In this class we are going to create shrines from the discarded…but most importantly we will create shrines that are crusty, dusty and (most importantly) rusty. Using a variety of techniques, we will thoroughly oxide and verdigris your creations until they look like they’ve been to the end of the world and back again.

It’s the end of the world, as we know it and I feel shrine.


Perhaps I have too much time on my hands, but one of the things I like to ponder is strange alternative realities. Recently I was considering the universal desire/need that humans have to create shrines, and because I recently watched the new Mad Max film I wondered what shrines might look like in a post apocalyptic society. Most certainly they would exist, but I surmised they would exist using the debris, dust and rust that might accompany such a world. And viola…Apocalypto Shrines ~ Michael deMeng

Students are asked to please bring

  • Apocalypto ShrinesSomething to build your shrine from. This could be just about anything. I would recommend some sort of box. Wood might be easiest to work with but will find a way to make whatever you bring work.
  • Variety of found objects that might be interesting additions Items like, dolls, watch parts, gears, typewriter parts, milagros, bolts, pieces of old metal, straps of leather, dried out spaghetti…anything. Look for things that might seem “shrine-ish” in nature.
  • Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)

Optional items

  • Dremel
  • Basic tools – i.e. pliers, hammer, etc.
  • Heat gun

Kit fee $35 – Teacher will supply

  • Verday Patina
  • Golden Brand Acrylic Paints
  • Ave’s Apoxie Clay
  • E6000 Adhesive
  • Texture
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