The poster From Stencil to Motive is an announcement of the work in progress – educational material of the Dubrovnik Natural History Museum. It is conceived as a didactic catalogue of Museum objects represented as stencils cut into its surface.
The underlying subject of the poster is the nature protection, the Museum natural history collections being a source of data witnessing the changes of biological diversity. As cultural heritage the collections represents the early ways of collecting, preparing and exhibiting specimens from primarily the Dubrovnik region.
Poster stencils represent those Museum objects - animal species that are described in the Red Data Books of the Republic of Croatia according to IUCN categories of threat as well as the species protected under existing Croatian Legislation: Blasius’ Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus blasii Peters, 1866.), Eagle–owl (Bubo bubo L.), Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni Gmelin, 1789.), Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta L.), Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus Hermann, 1779.), Olm (Proteus anguinus Laurenti, 1768.) and Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus Bonnaterre, 1788.).
The stencils can subsequently be used and recycled as an idea in various ways and by use of different creative mediums (pencil, charcoal, felt pen, wall paint...) and supports (paper, clothing, walls...).
When stuck onto a bill board (or to any other surface), the poster integrates the history of the surface it is stuck onto in its design. The details of the previous posters seen through the stencils are taken out of their initial context and recycled as a visual element of the new poster.
As the Museum objects almost never speak for themselves, tools need to be provided to contribute to the interpretation of them so that the collections would actively contribute to the deepening, expanding and enhancing of, in particular, children's understanding and appreciation of the world.
The poster celebrates this initiative - the interdisciplinary approach to education based on emotions, curiosity, creativity and imagination, characteristics that we all posses.
Keywords: educational material, didactic catalogue, nature protection, natural history collections, stencils, recycling