Stencil Article: A Brief History of Stencils


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The History of Stencils:

500’s – King Theodoric of the Ostrogoths used a stencil made of gold to sign his name

1800’s – The English used stencils to apply color by hand to illustrations in printed texts

1920s-30s – During the Art Deco era, the French used stenciling to produce color separation for book illustrations. It was similar to the English hand-coloring method but used separate stencils for everything.

2000’s – Activists can order laser-cut stencil online. Groups like the Cultural Cryptanalysts Collective and make stencils available for download to encourage activists to distinguish local sites in their communities.

July 2006 – provides free stencils for people to download or print off.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
The University of Delaware Library
The New Mexico Daily Lobo

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