I arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the mysterious Georgian silhouettist Mrs Ames.
Silhouette cutting takes place online. All my studio days consist of a series of 10-minute portrait sittings, which take place over Zoom.
After booking your sitting(s) you’ll receive an email ticket containing a Zoom link and further information. I’ll also send a reminder shortly before the event.
On the day you’ll be asked to log in to the Zoom event two minutes before the time you chose. I’ll cut silhouettes of you and your family and pop them in the post afterwards.
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Who was Mrs Ames?
Mrs Ames is a bit of an enigma. Where are all her silhouettes? Collectors know of only two, painted as a pair. This makes them very valuable, but they are so distinctive – and of such quality – that she must certainly have made more. The only other clues to her existence as an artist are one loose trade label and a newspaper advert.
What happened to all her work? As she painted her silhouettes onto glass it’s possible a number of them simply got broken, but surely not all of them. Mrs Ames is every silhouette collector’s favourite mystery.
Studio Day Tributes
This Studio Day is a tribute to Mrs Ames. As a self-taught artist Charles owes a huge debt to the work of past silhouettists – he has leaned so much from studying their work – so naming studio days after them is his way to pay tribute.
Charles normally cuts silhouette in his own style (there are many examples all over this website). However, if you’d like your portraits cut in the manner of this artist please do ask. Such challenges are always welcome!