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A reconstruction of stencilling based on the description by Gilles Filleau des Billettes

Kindel, E. (2013) A reconstruction of stencilling based on the description by Gilles Filleau des Billettes. In: Kindel, E. and Luna, P. (eds.) Typography papers 9. Hyphen Press, London, pp. 28-65. ISBN 9780907259480

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Abstract/Summary

This essay recounts and illustrates the reconstruction and testing of tools, furniture and working methods for stencilling texts. The description on which the reconstruction is based, written by Gilles Filleau des Billettes in Paris in the 1690s, is supplied elsewhere in this volume, together with an English translation. From the reconstruction and tests conducted with it, observations and conclusions are drawn about its effectiveness and its likely relationship to (then) contemporary stencilling practices. Four appendices are also included dealing with Des Billettes's method of designing and spacing letters; the cutting of stencils; the engraving by Louis Simonneau that accompanies Des Billettes's text; and later stencil configurations and working methods that incorporate the same or similar features to those described by Des Billettes.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Typography & Graphic Communication
ID Code:31180
Publisher:Hyphen Press

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