Pochoir à la Française

Julie Mellby and Kitty Maryatt – $75
September 27, 2014
9:30am-4:30pm
Scripps College Press

Indianapolis 1913Stencilling has been around since cave painters blew pigment around their hands to make prints on cave walls. Every culture has some kind of stencil technique. The Japanese method of katagami uses smoked persimmon paper stencils cut in elaborate patterns and strengthened with silk threads for coloring kimonos. Photographs of these kinds of stencils were published in 1878 in Paris by architect, Th. Lambert. Pochoir is the name given to the French iteration of the process, which first flourished in Paris in the early 20th century, especially for colorizing fashion plates and book illustrations.

The metal stencils are cut with a knife, and fat brushes (called pompon) are dipped in pigment (watercolor and gouache) and are brushed and swirled through the stencil onto the plates. The original image is analyzed for color separations in order to determine how many stencils will produce the desired result: to match the original.

In this workshop, participants will determine color separations for a selected image. Each person will cut one of the stencils (ours will be plastic) and then apply the color with the pompon to make a small edition. Registration methods will be shown. Further experimentation and discussion will be included.

Frederic W. Goudy Dinner

September 27, 2014
5:30 pm
Hampton Room
$25, reservations required

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