Daytime Studio Day: Sunday 18th April 2021


“My Carl Ackerlund Tribute Studio Day will take place on Sunday 18th April 2021”
Sittings between 9am and 3pm UK time (BST)

You are booking a private sitting in the Zoom studio of the well-known silhouettist Charles Burns.

International sitting times

We welcome virtual visitors from all over the world. This studio day will take place during the day in Paris, the afternoon in Dubai and the evening in Tokyo.

If you live in these or similar time zones this event is for you!

Available Studio Day Sittings

Choose your first sitting, add ticket to basket, then add more sittings as needed before checking out.

How many sittings do I need?



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.

Woman by Carl Ackerlund
Silhouette by Carl Ackerlund cut at the Minnesota State Fair

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!


Additional information

Sitting times

In multiples of 10 minutes


Silhouettes delivered worldwide after the event


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Event Details

Ten-minute private portrait sittings with silhouettist Charles Burns.

Date: 18 April 2021

Start time: 09:00 GMT

End time: 15:00 GMT

Venue: Mays Barn Virtual Studio

Directions: Log in via Zoom link 2 minutes before sitting

Phone: 07803 085637

Email: [email protected]