Pochoir Prints

Members of the Icon Painters of Brisbane & friends visited the Library Friday 4th May to view examples of pochoir printing from the ALA collections.

Pochoir printing flourished in France between 1895 and 1935 for the publication of fine art print portfolios, book illustration and limited edition journals such as Gazette du bon ton and Falbalas et Fanfreluches. Favoured subject matter for pochoir included fashion illustrations, architecture and design as well as book illustration.

Pochoir (French for stencil) is a form of colour printing using stencils. The artist prepares a gouache or watercolour image and the pochoir artisan then analyses the composition and decides on the number of stencils required to reproduce the colours. Stencils are cut by hand from zinc, copper, oiled cardboard or celluloid using a steel blade. The outline of the composition is printed mechanically and each of the colours applied by hand with brushes or pompons using the prepared stencils. This labour intensive process was completed by craftspeople working in an atelier. The final result was a hand coloured reproduction of the original composition.

These items are available to view by appointment. Phone 38407880 or request assistance at the Level 4 desk. At least 24 hours notice is required and items are retrieved Monday to Friday only.


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About your ALA collectio pochoirs:http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/ala/2012/05/14/pochoir-prints/I'm a dutch collector of pochoir prints and books. I wrote an article in dutch, translated in english and chinese (!) about pochoirs (LÁRT DE POCHOIR). I collected 220 books with pochoirs (!) If you are interested in this article, let it me know !Paul (72 years old)

I have recently relised that a number of works by artists I like use this method i WOULD LOVE TO MORE.