Like most people, I’ve seen silhouettes “back in the day.” Basically, I remember being a kid and seeing older people having those in their homes and thinking they looked cool but it wasn’t something that seemed to be staying “in style” as I grew up because, well, I didn’t really see them anymore, and I have no memory of any friends or family getting them done either. Although, I do remember doing a silhouette cut-out when I was in school, but it was just a required art project for class… and I can’t say it was great.
Fast forward to Baby E being a one year old and I saw a friend from college post about the company Cut Arts, and I immediately fell in love with the idea of getting a yearly portrait done of E as he grows up. And can I just say, now that I’m an adult I cannot understand why silhouettes art isn’t all the rage these days because they’re just so beautiful and truly timeless… perhaps it is just a lost art form? Very few can do it well?
Just before E turned two he got his first portrait done, and just before he turned three he got another done. (Of course I wish I had gotten them done as a baby but I didn’t know about it then.) And, I’ll probably get them every year for the rest of forever if he will let me 🙂
Here’s the really cool thing about Cut Arts — and Karl Johnson, the Master Scissor Artist — while in-person events are held all over the country, both of my sessions have been over a 10 minute zoom session in which he takes a few silhouette snap shots of your child — or you! — and then you get to watch him cut the silhouette right before your eyes. VERY impressive.
You can also select add-ons while on the call for things like picture frames and additional copies. For Christmas last year I gifted my grandma the copy of E’s silhouette in a more traditional oval wooden frame as I thought it would be a bit nostalgic for her and she absolutely loved it.