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Our top Silhouette Cutting Artist, based on the Berkshire and Hampshire boarder, is regarded as the Finest in the country. 'Astounding likenesses cut out with scissors..in about 60 seconds!'

Expect to pay prices around the following.

Any day of the week:

£520 plus VAT for up to 2.5 hours.

** Travel will only be required if over 250 miles from home area of Reading, this may need to be in the from of accommodation. **


IMPORTANT: Prices are given as a guide ONLY. Please click here for further information on Pricing.

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Our Silhouette cutting artist has a deserved reputation as 'the finest' silhouette artist working in the country today. His two protégés, also available to work as Silhouettists but with slightly less experience and slightly less cost, provide an eye catching and remarkably different kind of entertainment; whether working as mix 'n' mingle or "around the tables" entertainers. In truth, silhouette cutting can be tailored to suit most budgets across a wide range of localities.

For the un-initiated, silhouette cutting is an extraordinary miracle of hand-eye co-ordination that most people simply don't believe is possible. The silhouettist chooses a subject, takes a pair of scissors, some black paper, and cuts them out! From any angle and at any size. It takes about 90 seconds (if that) and yes, it does look like them!

Those chosen (whether willing volunteers or press ganged by their friends) will receive a beautifully crafted cameo portrait of themselves, cut from black paper and professionally mounted onto a printed card. Such cards, incidentally, may be printed with a company logo.

Low technology at its very best!

Weddings

The art of simple black portraits from paper has a long and interesting history in England, but is rarely heard of today. Booking a silhouette artist to entertain your guests will add a unique, artistic touch to your special day. Weddings do, in fact, offer a great challenge for our artists. With a wonderful array of hats, and family profiles to compare, there is never a dull moment!

Cutting full length silhouettes of the bride and groom has become something of a tradition when artistes attend a wedding. This classic and unmistakable outline makes a wonderful alternative wedding photo, and are definitely among his favourite subjects!

Corporate Events

Booking a silhouette artist is suitable for a wide range of different events. They are usually booked as strolling "mix 'n' mingle" entertainers, and in this capacity they can work in any situation where you might expect to see (for instance) a strolling magician. These include:

Pre-dinner drinks, and around the tables at a corporate dinner
Mix & Mingle at a client cocktail reception
Dressed in costume at a wide range of themed events
On board a train (eg: Eurostar or the Orient Express)
On sea or river, even in the air!
On a company stand at a trade show or conference.
Weddings, anniversaries, retirement parties, etc.
Our Silhouettists are also sometimes asked to set up a "Silhouette Stall" as a side-show at different kinds of events. This is the more traditional approach to silhouette cutting, and is often the best option at these kinds of events:

Outdoor events, such as summer Family Fun Days
After dinner at a corporate dinner/dance
Wild West Events (dressed in suitable costume!).

However our Silhouette Artists are booked, and whatever kind of event it is, you can be assured that your guests will see a delightfully unusual and professional art. They will leave with a memento of your event that they are bound to treasure for many years.

Customized Silhouette Backing Cards

Enhance your profiles with your own corporate likeness!

One of the great attractions of booking a silhouette artist is the opportunity to modify his work to fit with the theme of your event. One of the best ways to do this is to play with the card on which the artists mounts his silhouettes. Pictured to the right are some examples of cards that have neen made for previous clients (the silhouettes in the middle are fictitious!) which will serve to indicate the range of possibilities. These cards are particularly suitable for product launches, trade fairs, and other events where the emphasis is on raising your corporate profile. Our Silhouette Artists also use them to good effect for Weddings and other special events, where the date needs to be recorded.

Our Finest Silhouette Artist will freely admit to anyone that his life is completely dominated by silhouettes! Obsessed with drawing from an early age, Our Finest Silhouette Artist is now widely regarded as the finest silhouette cutter practicing in the country today. He is constantly searching for new ideas and new markets for his art, and seeks to elevate silhouette cutting to the status of fine art.

Our Silhouette Artist was featured in the BBC2 series "Tales of Tools" (in the episode about scissors!), and today has a busy schedule bringing his art to an extraordinary variety of events all over the UK and abroad.

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A Brief History.

Silhouette cutting was commonly practiced in England during the Victorian era. It was a popular pastime which originated from France. Silhouettes were considered a cheap form of portraiture and so were aptly named after a notouriously miserly French finance minister, Etienne de Silhouette who cut them as a hobby.

An accurate or flattering likeness was very much desired as there was at this time a belief in the science of physiognomy, the analysis of the character by studying the features of the subjects' profile. For example a large, Roman nose indicated a strong, noble character, full lips denoted sensuality and a small forehead was considered a sign of low class and low intelligence.

Although the fashion for silhouettes rapidly declined with the introduction of photography, they still have an appeal in this day and age simply because the skilful ability to create an accurate likeness of a person through a single cut out line using only a pair of scissors and black paper is impressive and entertaining. It is a rare novelty to have the chance to see such an old art form in action today.


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