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STENCILS AND STENCILLING (article first published : 2005-02-25)

“FRAGILE”, “THIS END UP”, “MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA” are words in large black letters emblazoned on wooden packing cases and can be seen on dockside wharves all over the world. These words are produced by a stencil in the hands of a stenciller.

The author of a remarkable book. Stencils and Stencilling, grabs the reader’s attention in the first few lines of her introduction when we learn that stencils were used to produce wall decoration in caves as long ago as 30,000 years BC! Your review was convinced that stencils were only discovered whilst he was at infant school!

The title of this book is the A-Z on the two subjects and says it all. The firs word “stencils” prompts me to tell you about its author, Wendy Craig, who was one of the founders of the Country Craft Market in Somerset West.

Prompted by the cost of imported stencils, she pioneered the art of producing these in South Africa. They were very soon in great demand and the skills of this art-form are beautifully conveyed to the reader in a practical and easy-to-read fashion.

The projects are a far cry from the usual conception of stenciling and encompass working on a great variety of surfaces from fabric paper, wood, walls, ceramics and even our skin!

The photographs of Wendy Craig’s work are different and superbly presented in a fashion so, so original. A picture of cupboard doors opposite page 98 made me take an excited intake of breath. They shrieked of being the work of the famous Scottish architect and furniture designer of the late 1880’s and the early 1900’s - the Art Nouveau period, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who designed the well-known Glasgow School of Art which still is 100 years ahead of its time. But no – these cupboard panels were the work of Wendy Craig. Her name is surely of Scottish origin?

A delightful book to handle – to inspire the creativity that might well lie dormant within you.

Stencils and Stencilling is written by Wendy Craig and published by Struik, retailing at R129.95. – John Simpson




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