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 (dē-kăl′kə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
1. The process of transferring pictures or designs printed on specially prepared paper to materials such as glass or metal.
2. A decal.

[French décalcomanie, from dēcalquer, to transfer a tracing (de-, off, from from Latin dē-; see de- + calquer, to trace; see calque) + manie, craze (from its popularity in the 19th century) (from Late Latin mania, madness; see mania).]
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1. (Crafts) the art or process of transferring a design from prepared paper onto another surface, such as china, glass, or paper
2. (Crafts) a design so transferred
[C19: from French décalcomanie, from décalquer to transfer by tracing, from dé- de- + calquer to trace + -manie -mania]
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(dɪˌkæl kəˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə)

n., pl. -ni•as.
1. the art or process of transferring pictures or designs from specially prepared paper to wood, metal, glass, etc.
2. decal.
[1860–65; < French décalcomanie, derivative of décalquer to transfer a tracing of =de- de- + calquer to trace + -o- + -mania]
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1. the technique of transferring pictures and other designs onto glass, wood, china etc, using specially prepared paper pieces.
2. the picture so created. Also called decal.
See also: Ornamentation
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.decalcomania - either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surfacedecalcomania - either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface
pattern, design, figure - a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
transfer paper - a paper that is coated with a preparation for transferring a design to another surface
2.decalcomania - the art of transfering designs from specially prepared paper to a wood or glass or metal surface
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
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I've learned decalcomania, and after I take up lustre painting I shall have it simply stiff with drapes and tidies and placques and sofa pillows, and make mo- ther let me have a fire, and receive my friends there evenings.
Its first exhibition, "Devolution K" consists of paintings and sculptural forms based on the experimental use of automatic drawing, found objects and decalcomania.
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4--Principio de cartografia e de decalcomania: O metodo cartografico e aquele utilizado como o instrumento que vai "fotografar" o acontecimento, tal cartografia nos mostra que ele possui entradas multiplas; isto e, o rizoma pode ser acessado de infinitos pontos, podendo dai remeter a quaisquer outros em seu territorio.
Desde que o desenho deixou de delimitar o rebordo das formas, como um cavalo domado ao longo do labirinto abstrato dos contornos (disciplina que permitiu os milagres de Ucello e a volupia de Ingres, nao o esquecamos, como nao o esqueceu Picasso que se distinguiu nesse jogo); desde que o desenho deixou a frieza do decalque, tornouse mapa, segundo o principio de cartografia e de decalcomania enunciado por Gilles Deleuze e Felix Guatarri em Rizoma (Pomar, 2014b:139).
Finally, the fifth and the sixth principles, cartography and decalcomania, can be presented together: the rhizome is "open and connectable in all of its dimensions; it is detachable reversible, susceptible to constant modification." Instead of amounting to a tracing, it equals a map.
The internet itself seems to embody the six principles of the Deleuzean rhizome with its connection, heterogeneity, multiplicity, signifying rupture against the oversignifying breaks separating structures or cutting across a single structure, and the principle of cartography and decalcomania. (61) Here I can only briefly allude to my personal experience editing one of the most widely read/visited online cultural/literary journals, al-Kalimah, (62) The internet's impact on Arab literary journalism certainly deserves a separate study.
This other-worldly landscape, inspired in part by the Khmer temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Cambodia, and executed in the unpredictable technique of decalcomania --whose marbled and vegetal effects are produced by blotting and transferring pigment onto the support--features the opposing forces of his lover Leonora Carrington and of his future wife Peggy Guggenheim.
Deleuze and Guattari (1987) outline the concept of rhi zome and identify its six characteristics: connection, heterogeneity, multiplicity, asignifying rupture, cartography, and decalcomania.
Exhibits that will be on view during Community Day are SKREBNESKI, featuring Chicago-based photographer Victor Skrebneski's best and favorite photographs from over six decades of photography, including many recognizable subjects; Cumbrian Blue(s): A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works by Paul Scott, inspired by traditional blue and white china, English artist Paul Scott uses decalcomania on his ceramic works to comment on environmental issues and to blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design; of special note, Paul Scott will present a gallery talk at 7:00 p.m.
5 and 6: Principle of cartography and decalcomania: a rhizome is not amenable to any structural or generative model; it is a 'map and not a tracing' (p.