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Los Angeles, California

An Illumination of Wondrous Arts and Curious Crafts

Join us for a day of workshops, unique experiences and a touch of the odd.

Join Atlas Obscura and the Oddities Flea Market for a day of workshops, portrait sitting and an opportunity to take a deep dive into intriguing crafts with a collection of amazing artists. 

Days before the Oddities Flea Market opens its doors in Los Angeles, curators of all things curious, Ryan and Regina Cohn, have partnered with us to offer a unique series of breakout sessions featuring several of the Market's most iconic vendors. Delve into the unusual while developing some very distinct skill sets, and create an incredible keepsake to take home. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to articulate cat bones, re-animate a dead creature through taxidermy and weave ornate patterns in hair to create mourning jewelry.

You're welcome to attend one workshop or spend the whole day with us. We will have tasty snacks, a catered lunch and complimentary coffee provided by Dead Sled Coffee. Each workshop is priced separately, so you can pick and choose an individual schedule for the day.

 

Event Day Schedule

 

Morning Workshops - 10am - 1pm

Session A: Cat Articulation Workshop with Ryan Matthew Cohn of Oddities Flea Market.

In this intensive workshop, you will have the opportunity to pose and piece together a complete cat skeleton, learning how to finesse the bones and create an expressive design. You will be provided with all the supplies: a real skeleton, the base, and required tools for building your skeleton.

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Session B: Fortune Teller Mouse Taxidermy with Amber Maykut of Brooklyn Taxidermy

This workshop is dedicated to creating an anthropomorphic fortune teller mouse! Students will learn to mount their own mouse hands-on and will be provided with all the materials and props needed to create a little reader of fortunes. Each attendee will leave with their own finished piece.

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Session C: Weaving Memories - Victorian Mourning Hair Relics with Karen Bachmann

MORNING SESSION ADDED! - In this workshop, participants will work with copper wire and horsehair to form intricate twists and braiding that can be manipulated in various ways to form flowers, leaves, berries, and other shapes. Participants will be able to make an item suitable for mounting in a frame or wearing as a brooch or hair clip.

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Lunch Break - 1pm - 2pm

Lunch is included for attendees participating in morning and afternoon workshops.

 

Afternoon Workshops - 2:15pm - 5:15pm

Session D: Weaving Memories - Victorian Mourning Hair Relics with Karen Bachmann

In this workshop, participants will work with copper wire and horsehair to form intricate twists and braiding that can be manipulated in various ways to form flowers, leaves, berries, and other shapes. Participants will be able to make an item suitable for mounting in a frame or wearing as a brooch or hair clip.

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Session E:  Cat Articulation Workshop with Ryan Matthew Cohn of Oddities Flea Market.

This is a repeat of the morning session: In this intensive workshop, you will have the opportunity to pose and piece together a complete cat skeleton, learning how to finesse the bones and create an expressive design. You will be provided with all the supplies: a real skeleton, the base, and required tools for building your skeleton.

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Session F: Momento Mori Squirrel Taxidermy with Amber Maykut of Brooklyn Taxidermy

This workshop is dedicated to squirrel taxidermy. Students learn, in a hands-on approach, to mount their own pine squirrel. All materials, including an ethically sourced specimen, will be provided for each student to leave the class with their own finished creature.

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Special Portrait Sittings with Karen Jerzyk

Running concurrently to the workshops, we have an extra special experience. Throughout the day and early evening, acclaimed photographer and visionary Karen Jerzyk will host portrait sittings in a one of a kind set she will create within the Paul Kaufman Gallery space.

Learn More and Reserve a Portrait Session.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

  • Students must arrive 20 minutes prior to the start time of their workshop. 
  • All materials are included in each workshop session. 
  • Lunch is included for attendees participating in two workshops (morning and afternoon). 

QUESTIONS?

Email Carlyle Coash at carlyle.coash@atlasobscura.com.

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