Silhouette Artists

If you are looking to be entertained in style and if the occasion calls for something especially memorable, it’s difficult to imagine a more exquisite performance than that of a Silhouette Artist or Silhouette Cutter.


In the years before photography, Silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person’s appearance. Before the start of the French Revolution, Silhouette Artists were hired to entertain and amuse royalty by cutting Silhouettes of Lords and Ladies in their elaborate finery capturing their distinguished profiles and latest fashions. 


Silhouettes are, in fact, named after the French Minister of Finance, Étienne de Silhouette, who in 1759 was forced to impose misery and economic despair on the French people with his harsh tax policies. Despite the plight of many French citizens, Étienne spent many hours perfecting his hobby of Silhouette Cutting.; and so the name was born. Silhouettes then migrated to many other parts of the world and became increasingly popular in the 18th century.


The Silhouette Artist will mingle with your guests and will be able to cut between twenty to twenty-five silhouettes per hour. The elegant blend of creativity and precision is suitable for many occasions including weddings, landmark occasions and corporate events. This rare and timeless art form will take only a few minutes to complete and your guests will be amazed by the precision and skill involved with creating a silhouette cutting. The finished silhouette will be mounted on special card and then presented to your guests, who will have a personalised, timeless memento made from just scissors and paper to take away with them to treasure for years to come.

For more information on hiring a Silhouette Artist for your event, please contact us via our online form, email us at or call 01747 835433.

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