Altered Curiosities: Assemblage Techniques and Projects, by Jane Ann Wynn is one of those rare books that delivers more than it promises.
If you’re like me, you’ve seen books that claim to be “a workshop in a book,” and then… well, they don’t quite live up to their promises.
Altered Curiosities really is like a workshop in a book. Ms. Wynn shows exactly how to work with things like metal, solder, patinas, and etching solutions. The photos take you step-by-step through the process. You barely need to read the text to understand precisely how to achieve the same effects she does.
The author also holds nothing back. She shares brand names and clever tips that spare you a lot of trial-and-error. (Personally, I hate the error part, and any author or teacher who gets me past that… well, she’s on my list of heroes.)
If you’ve looked at assemblages that include lots of metal, and thought to yourself, “One of these days, I have got to learn about working with metal,” your wait is over.
Or, if you’ve taken a jewelry (or metals) class and you’ve gone home with the artistic equivalent of writer’s block, this book features some great step-by-step projects that you can adapt to found materials you have on hand.
If, like me, you practically worship artists like Keith LoBue, Jane Ann Wynn, and Michael de Meng (and many others in that visual genre), Altered Curiosities will show you techniques that can take your own art into that lofty realm.
This is a truly great book, and one that every mixed media and assemblage artist will appreciate, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist. Altered Curiosities gives you a chance to look over Jane Ann Wynn’s shoulder and learn from one of the best!
If you’ve read this far, go get the book. I mean it. You may be creeped out by some of her projects (I was), but oh my goodness, this is a book to own. It’s like assemblage and found art inspiration, on steroids.