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.

December Studio Days with Baj.B, Balint and Barber

December Studio Days with Baj.B, Balint and Barber

I've arranged three more studio days for December 2020. Each is named after a historical artist. These are a few silhouettists whose names begin begin with the letter 'B'. You can book sittings here and read about the artists below. (more…)

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November Studio Days with Audax and Ardrossan

November Studio Days with Audax and Ardrossan

This November I've arranged four more studio days. Each is named after a historical artist. These are the last silhouettists I know beginning with the letter 'A'. You can book sittings here and read about the artists below. (more…)

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October’s Collection of Accidental Profilists

October’s Collection of Accidental Profilists

I've arranged just three studio days for October. Each is named after a historical artist, all still beginning the letter 'A'. You can book sittings here and read about the artists below. (more…)

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Time Machine Now Live!

Time Machine Now Live!

Did I mention that I was building a time machine? I’m delighted to report that my silhouette time machine is now live and active, and that you can use it @silhouettist The concept is simple, to make my silhouettes available across all timezones. It does this by guiding people to one of my virtual studio days. (more…)

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September’s Surprising Selection of Silhouettists

September’s Surprising Selection of Silhouettists

I held four studio days in September. In order, they were named after: the mysterious Miss Alcock, Aldous, a silhouettist to the Duke of York, Allenby, an invisible Irish silhouettist, and Hans Allmayer, fond of cutting out German composers . (more…)

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The Time Travelling Silhouettist

The Time Travelling Silhouettist

The time-travelling silhouettist sounds like a character from a steam-punk extravaganza. I'd love to imagine I could be that man! Sadly, none of us can really travel in time. Yet curiously, the quirky craft I practice is beginning to make me feel like I'm doing just that. (more…)

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August Begins with A-silhouettist

August Begins with A-silhouettist

This August I've started scheduling virtual studio days from my new website @silhouettist. To create some variety I'm naming each studio day as a tribute to artists of the past. Some are easy to find out information about, others not at all. (more…)

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