Blog: @silhouettist

A modern-day silhouettist tells his story.
Charles Burns writes about his explorations into the art and history of silhouette. His mission is to bring this often-overlooked art to a wider, appreciative audience.

Can a shadow survive a fire?

Can a shadow survive a fire?

If you have ever seen my film, or heard me speak, you will know the story of how I taught myself to cut silhouettes by studying the duplicate albums of Hubert Leslie. (more…)

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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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Flying at the Garrick Club

Flying at the Garrick Club

I was very surprised, on arriving at a recent 60th birthday party at The Garrick Club, to see a silhouette flag flying outside. On closer inspection I realised it was one of my own silhouettes. I felt I'd arrived! (more…)

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A royal profile or two

A royal profile or two

On the 19th May I was invited to cut a royal profile or two at Coworth Park. It was one of the only events I've worked at where the toastmaster had to announce lunch by calling for "Your Majesties, Royal Highnesses, Highnesses, Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen... " to take their seats.  (more…)

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New silhouette scissors

New silhouette scissors

One of the things people most often ask when they see me cutting is "How many pairs of silhouette scissors do you get through?" I get the impression they're expecting to hear that I use at least six pairs a night! When I explain that I've been using the same pair of scissors for the last ten years, it's often quite a surprise! (more…)

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