I arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the blacksmith-silhouettist Carl Ackerlund
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 Carl Ackerlund?
Carl Ackerlund studio was a Swedish silhouettist who lived in Minnesota for many years before moving to Iowa with his wife Minnie. He tended to give his silhouettes scalloped bust lines (sometimes with a forked tail at the front) and distinctive fronded eyelashes. Both of these stylistic habits make it easy to spot his work.
Carl A. Ackerlund is listed as a blacksmith in the1910 census of St Paul, Minnesota, which also gives Sweden as his birthplace. He came to the USA in 1903, aged 19, two years before his parents and sisters who followed him in 1905. Stamps on the back of his silhouettes indicate that he worked at a variety of state fairs.
Studio Day Tributes
This Studio Day is a tribute to Carl Ackerlund. 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!