Wax

Workshops

Join Atlas Obscura, Oddities Flea Market and artist Heather O'Shaughnessy for 2 special workshops in Los Angeles, September 28th and 29th, part of our Illumination of Wondrous Arts and Curious Crafts two-day event curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn.

Learn the delicate craft of creating creatures from beeswax in these unique workshops. 

ABOUT THE ILLUMINATION OF WONDROUS ARTS AND CURIOUS CRAFTS 

This event is one in a series of workshops, presented by Atlas Obscura in partnership with The Oddities Flea Market, that celebrates unique artists and their passion for interesting crafts. The event is a chance to spend part or all of the weekend diving into the deep end to explore your creativity in unexpected ways.

Heather has developed a unique technique for creating delicate butterfly and moth specimens from wax materials and will share her process in this event. You will be guided through the creation of beautiful Emperor and Sheep moth specimens, learning the basics of working with wax through melting, casting, and hand painting. The finished moths are then mounted under glass cloches. No previous artistic experience is required for this workshop, and all are welcome! All tools and supplies will be provided.

 

Learn the delicate craft of creating creatures from beeswax in this unique workshop. An écorché (French translation: “flayed,” or “skinned”) is an anatomical figure depicting an animal or human with the skin removed to show the location and interplay of the muscles. Heather has developed a unique technique for creating delicate écorché specimens in wax and will share her process in this workshop. You will be guided through the process of creating an écorché snake’s head out of beeswax, using molds taken from one of her original sculptures, to cast reliefs from melted wax. Your creation will then be carved, painted, mounted, and framed.