A one-day practical workshop in pochoir printing, led by Jane Hyslop (project Co-Investigator)
Edinburgh College of Art, 21 February 2020
During the modernist period the pochoir printing technique was used extensively in fashion illustration. It offers a unique, liminal space between printing and painting in which artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Man Ray and Max Ernst became interested. Many of them made works associated with or including texts and imagery moved across the page allowing colour to be brought into the textual sphere.
This workshop began with a short presentation offering insight into the technique, its history and applications. There then followed a hands-on workshop enabling participants to gain direct experience of using pochoir, taking as its conceptual focus the relationship between image and text in the material form of the book.
Virginia Woolf’s ‘Blue and Green’ (1921) was selected as the text to be investigated offering a rich and evocative range of imagery that can be explored.
Participants started by working together tracing imagery, cutting stencils and mixing paints to learn how layers of colour can be applied. They then had the opportunity to make their own imagery using the pochoir technique to make a series of prints to take away from the event.