Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Contemporary Cindi Rose Silhouettes

Contemporary Cindi Rose Silhouettes


Contemporary Silhouettes by Cindi

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Silhouettes by Cindi. Offering the best of contemporary silhouette cutting.

I'd like to introduce you to my friend and silhouette artist, Cindi Harwood Rose. Cindi began cutting silhouettes when she was 16 years old. She is a co-founder of the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation 501 (c ) (3) for which she creates custom "Silhouettes For Survivors," which are available for purchase. All Silhouette proceeds are dedicated to helping uninsured breast cancer survivors receive free reconstructive surgery. The Foundation was created in memory and honor of Holly Harwood Skolkin, Cindi's sister also a 20th and 21st century silhouette artist and humanitarian. Holly survived with Stage 4 breast cancer for 15 years. The Foundation was started during Holly's life and it continues in her honor. The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation offers also offer wigs, support, permanent brows to those in chemo who lost their brows, and free reconstructive surgery to under and un-insured. Cindi Harwood Rose is acclaimed by the Guild of Papercutters as the premier silhouette artist of the last four decades. Cindi uses French silhouette paper that is more than 50 years old and no longer made.

I first met Cindi in 1984, when she cut the silhouette of my son, Nathan, at Joske's Department store. I became friends with Cindi over the last few years as we have worked together to promote silhouette art, both antique and new. Cindi is talented, creative and responsive to requests for certain kinds of silhouettes. Her work is fresh and incorporates inspiration from historic silhouettists as well as contemporary work with an eye towards realism. When Cindi first visited my home gallery and shop, she was taken by the works of Everet Howard, the 19th century silhouettist who cut my logo silhouette at the very top of the page. Howard used very creative, varying bust-line terminations. At Cindi's next silhouette-cutting event, she incorporated creative, varying bust-line terminations in her work. She soon cut my silhouette with such a creative bust-line termination.

Recently, I asked Cindi to cut a very elaborate silhouette that I could give to Nathan and his fiancé, Rachel, as a wedding shower gift. I forwarded my favorite of their engagement photos to Cindi and asked her to recreate it in silhouette with an elaborate background. She obliged, offering three wonderfully creative silhouettes from which I could choose.

Cindi is available to cut silhouettes for your special occasion. She cuts designs for wedding invitations and even does some silhouette jewelry. Proceeds from her silhouette cutting goes to the Rose Ribbon Foundation. I am not receiving a commission nor any other type of compensation as a result of this or any other mention of Cindi and her work. I think she is the best of the current silhouettists. Please look at the silhouettes pictured here and also make sure to visit Cindi at Silhouettes by Cindi, where you will find more examples of her work as well as her email address.

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