Decalcomania is a transfer technique from the 18th century, applying ink or paint to a surface and covering it with paper or glass while wet.

Decalcomania is an artistic technique that involves transferring engravings and prints onto various surfaces, commonly pottery or ceramics. The process allows for intricate designs and patterns to be applied to these materials, enhancing their visual appeal.

In a more modern context, the term 'decal’ is often used to describe mass-produced art transfers or product labels. These decals are widely used for various purposes, such as decorating everyday items, providing instructions or information, and branding products. They serve as a convenient and efficient way to apply detailed designs or information to a wide range of objects, making them readily recognizable and visually appealing.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.