I arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the World War I veteran Harry Oakley.
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 Harry Oakley?
Harry Oakley made his reputation as a silhouettist during World War I. Whilst serving as a captain in the Green Howards he sent to London a series of paper cuttings depicting life in the trenches. These were published in Bystander Magazine under the heading “Trench Life in Silhouette” and were very popular.
After the war he rented a booth on Llandudno Pier in Wales, every summer for over 40 years, to cut silhouette for tourists there.
Harry Oakley has always been an important artist for me. He features in the film Silhouette Secrets, when we visited his booth on the pier to learn more about him.
Studio Day Tributes
This Studio Day is a tribute to Harry Oakley. 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.
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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!