07.11.2015 by Charles Burns
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!
I was cutting silhouettes at W.Hamond, the original Whitby Jet shop, on Church St. You can see the connections: Black as jet – Jet from Whitby – Silhouettes are black…. you get the idea. The silhouettes were being cut to raise money for the National Lifeboat Association. For me it was one of those rare occasions when I get to work directly with the public.
And what a public! All I really need to do for this event is show you some of the silhouettes I cut, you can see what fun I had.
Full-length silhouettes are my favourite kind of silhouettes, and this was the perfect event for them. They are also the most challenging, my many years of life drawing really help. Essentially I cut each silhouette, beginning and ending with the right foot, in one continuous line. I cut up the front and down the back. The challenge is to keep everything in proportion.
The way people stand says so much about who they are. I think this is what makes cutting full-length silhouettes so endlessly fascinating and rewarding.
It looks like I’ll be back in Whitby for the 2016 Goth Weekend, so I look forward to cutting a few more goths then!