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Book Review: Secrets of Rusty Things

Secrets of Rusty Things
by Michael de Meng

I loved this book! That said, I have to tell you that if you are looking for a purely techniques book, you’d be better off with a different one. But for me, Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art was just delightful.

Michael de Meng shows how he goes about doing what he does from the first stages of hunter-gatherer, through the sometimes frustrating times of picking and choosing, and the final stages of assembling his treasures. There are plenty of techniques along the way, but the focus of this book is more on the thought process and creative journey of a found object genius. Often very very humorous, Michael’s writing is the perfect complement to the artwork that he shares.