Pochoir: Historical Printmaking Applications in Contemporary Explorations

Bailey Olsen Eastern Illinois University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Alan Pocaro Eastern Illinois University
Pochoir is a forgotten method of printmaking made popular during the early 20th century. Most recognizably it was used for fashion magazines and publications to colorize artwork, although other artists experimented with it in their craft as well. It was left behind in favor of lithography: a new method at the time. However, with today’s technology, it has the potential to be updated and reincorporated into contemporary artmaking. Most forms of printmaking can create a perfect edition. This is where Pochoir has the potential to be valuable because of its intrinsic handmade feel. While it can still be used to create a series, each will differ slightly. Its artisan quality makes each print more valuable in a world that is becoming increasingly standardized. After creating a series of patterns to experiment with, a more accessible version of pochoir was developed using a digital die-cutter and sheets of Dur-a-lar. After the sheets are cut they are adhered to paper. Then, gouache or watercolor is applied to the stencils in the same way traditional pochoir prints were created. After perfecting the method and creating a series of patterned prints, all pieces including the used stencils were placed into a pyramidal case for display.
Art/Art History
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:00 AM
Lilly Hall 133