Pochoir Presentation & Demonstration with Kitty Maryatt
The word pochoir means stencil in French. Kitty Maryatt will share her carefully researched knowledge of the detailed stencil techniques developed in France in the early twentieth century. Pochoir features predominantly in her recreation of the remarkable book by poet Blaise Cendrars and artist Sonia Delaunay, La Prose du Transsibérien, first produced by letterpress and pochoir in 1913.
Kitty will share a presentation about her recreation of La Prose du Transsibérien, followed by a demonstration of the basics of printing multiples through such stencils, including tracing images, cutting the plates and brush techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to apply color as the group creates an edition of the image. Then we will look at the images brought in by participants and discover which images are appropriate to reproduce in this way, including printing a base image.
Kitty Maryatt received a grant in 1981 to study fine binding with Hugo Peller at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona while she was getting her MFA at UCLA in graphic design (1983). She has studied with many fine binders over the years. She was Director of the Scripps College Press for thirty years which published sixty books that Kitty made with her students, who wrote the texts, made imagery, hand typeset, printed by letterpress, and hand bound editions of fifty to one hundred copies every semester. She has published and bound her own artist books, most recently Figure of Speech. Her books can be found at the Newberry Library, Stanford University, UCLA, the Getty Research Institute, and Harvard University. Since her retirement in June 2016 she has been working full-time on La Prose du Transsiberien Re-Creation.