The Last Silhouettist

A modern-day silhouettist tells his story. Charles Burns writes about his research into the art and history of silhouette. On the way he meets some fascinating characters, both ancient and modern.

Whitby Goth weekend

Whitby Goth weekend

I've just got back from two days cutting silhouettes at Whitby Goth Weekend. What an event, I think I must be a closet Goth! (more…)

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More about hollow cutting

More about hollow cutting

I recently posted some hollow-cut silhouettes by an eighteenth-century English artist called Sarah Harrington. Since then I've been experimenting with hollow cutting myself. It's an authentically antique form of silhouette cutting and so might work well at period costume balls. Especially those with an eye to historical accuracy. (more…)

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Jane Austen and the regency silhouette

Jane Austen and the regency silhouette

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be booked for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, where I found myself cutting a regency silhouette or two. This is one of those rare events that is obviously made for a silhouettist like myself, so I simply had to write and share some of the results. Cutting this set of full lengths (and I cut nearly 50 of them on the day) I really felt as if I'd gone back in time and become a Regency era silhouettist myself.  (more…)

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