Saturday, March 20, 2010

Master Silhouette artist, Cindi Rose Carves History

Mother’s Day is the time to give a thoughtful, cherished gift that will last forever.  A hand-cut silhouette by Cindi Rose, the world’s premier silhouette artist is perfect solution.
With thin surgical scissors, and intuitive talent, internationally acclaimed master silhouette artist, Cindi Harwood Rose, can hand-cut an accurate and paper profile, of a subject.  Silhouettes made by Cindi are sought after, and treasured by families, top collectors, historical museums and prestigious art galleries. Harwood Rose, does not sketch these intricate shades first, or use a light.  She just looks and cuts out of 50 year old antique, black French paper, paper that is no longer made today. Her silhouette busts are 2 1/2 inches to 3 1/2 inches; the authentic size, that was popular in the late 1700's and 1800's, before photography  They are not the clumsy ones traced off the wall by a teacher out of construction paper, nor or they the false look-alike versions on the internet. Paper-cutting is a fashionable art, yet difficult art to master. The Guild of American Papercutters claims that Cindi Harwood Rose is the world’s premier silhouette artist. However, there are only around 25 to 35 true living silhouette artists in the world today.  Rose made a world speed and accuracy silhouette record in 1982 which was submitted to the Guiness World Book of Records.

This elegant silhouette lady, studied art in France, England, and at the University of Texas where she graduated with a double major in communications and art, more than several decades before.  No wonder, she communicates in depth in her cuttings-- adding personality.  She will ask questions as she works, "do you want your hair down or in a pony-tail?  Would you wear a simple collar, or a scarf, would you like a heart necklace, pearls, or a cross?  Would you like a neck-tie in your picture?” Her work is the most realistic of the times.  Yes, she will leave out a double chin when asked.  Unlike a few other silhouette artists who may give everyone the same face and hair-do. Rose, who is fashionable, can capture today's style in her artwork.

 No task is too demanding for this master silhouette artist.  A former bronze sculptor, portrait artist, oil and acrylic-painter, potter, and water-colorist, she will add beautiful painted color backgrounds and settings to her works, similar to Augustin Edourt, or hand-paint gold leaf details on her glorious cut art, similar to W. H. Beaumont, in her private commissions.   The Internationally esteemed Peggy McClard Antique gallery, in Houston , recommends Cindi's work.   This museum-style home has the world's most extensive collection of antique silhouettes, some from the 1700's, some have gone for $30,000. To glimpse at historic silhouettes or purchase books or silhouettes go   Rose was also sought out to cut Barbara Bush’s silhouette two years in a row, for A Friend’s of Nursing fund-raiser in Houston .  She has silhouetted Elvis Pressley, Muhamed Ali, Elvis Costello, Queen Elizabeth. Tony Bennett, Golda Mier.

 For Mother’s Day, Cindi Rose will silhouette at Fundamentally Toys at 1963 West Gray in River Oaks, Saturday, May 1, and at BB1 Classic at 1106-06 Uptown Park Blvd, May 6. Silhouettes are $40 a person, with extra copies at $10.  Hours are 11:00 to 4:30.  Appointments are recommended by phoning (713) 385-0736.  Children do not have to sit still.
 When asked, why she cuts silhouettes and elaborate paper-cuts, she says, “ A silhouette can capture so much more of life, and it is not shallow, indeed.”  For more information contact, silhouettesbycindiblogpot, Silhouettes by Cindi Facebook or

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