"Pochoir" is French for “stencil”, and is distinguished from ordinary stenciling as a highly refined technique of making fine limited editions of stencil prints. This technique came about during the the 1920’s and 30’s Art Deco era, as a reaction to the rise of machine printing and the poor quality of color reproductions in publishing. With pochoir printing, the hand application of layers of pigment created impeccable effects that the camera or printing press failed to replicate at that time.
I learned about Pochoir printing when I was the the Program Developer at CultureWorks Transformative Art & Design Academy, an arts nonprofit that provides accessible after school arts programs to youth from all backgrounds by offering a pay-what-you-can afford program model. That role pushed me to constantly growing creatively as I navigated new artistic processes to offer to students. Each one-of-a-kind pochoir print in this collection is made by me in CW's incredible printmaking studio, and 100% of sales in this collection will go towards supporting the programs at CultureWorks.