…another alphabet silhouette!
Up next, my Alice in Wonderland series…
I came across some Victorian designs a while back that featured women and letters of the alphabet. Perhaps they were meant to be bookplates, I’m not sure, but with a few modifications here and there I thought they’d make nifty silhouettes. This one is “E,” obviously for Eve (you know, the one who rode to church on a dinosaur with her hubby, Adam?) It depicts her downfall, with that furshlugginer apple in her hand and the serpent s-s-s-lithering around the letter, thoroughly enjoying what he hath wrought. Put the blame on Mame, boys. Or in this case, Eve.
And where’s Adam? Probably went off to name all the animals in the world, or something exciting like that, and left her at home with the snake.
Isn’t that just like a man?
I did a series of famous composers silhouettes, maybe ten years ago, at the request of my daughter. She was going to the furniture market in High Point, North Carolina for her design job and needed what they call “smalls,” or decorative items, to round out their display. These silhouettes were mounted and framed individually in really cool vintage looking black frames with red and gold accents. (I couldn’t afford them, but they made the silhouettes look extraordinarily nice.)
This set I cut yesterday and today. They’re mounted in groups of three for the sake of convenience. The largest ones are about 3 1/2 to 4″ high. If you would like a close-up view, just click the image. Ignore the white spots. There might be cat hair and lint on the scanner screen. Just sayin’…
Starting back in the early to mid-1990s, I used to cut silhouettes. All the time. I’ve probably done a couple hundred, at least. I’ve done scenes, people, animals and, my favorite,—kids with animals.
Then I got involved with artist trading cards, of which I cranked out about a hundred of them, too. When I take on something, I don’t do it half-assed, apparently.
Lately I’d been casting about for something to “artisticate,” as it’s known in my immediate family. Then, the coordinator of the kindergarten reading program where I volunteer asked me if I would cut a silhouette of her three-year-old daughter. Since she’s a friend and neighbor of my daughter, she’d seen some of my work on the walls of my granddaughter’s bedroom. I said I’d be glad to.
Now the silhouette bug has bitten again and today I dusted off my sharp Gingher scissors and cut out one of my favorites, a little girl using her umbrella to fend off an attacking goose. I plan to give it to the reading coordinator this next week on our final day for the year. She does a good job and perhaps has saved the program from the budgetary ax. (Always a possibility in Rick Perry’s world. *sigh*)
Anyway, here it is. Enjoy.
(It’s cut from velvety black silhouette paper and mounted on 5″ x 7″ card stock.)