Monday, August 26, 2013
The Best one-stop shop features Silhouette Artist Cindi Rose
By Renne Dilenseger
It was a popular attraction to have renown silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose at Bering's Back to School fashion show event. Happy moms, dads, grandparents and lovely children, awaited with excitement for their silhouette to be hand-cut by a master. They were also thrilled to be in America's top one shop store which features hardware, housewares, furnishings, stationery, fine gifts, baby registry, children's clothing and toys, and outdoor living. "This is my favorite store to shop in," artist Cindi H. Rose claimed, "there is everything you could ever want in giftware and cookery." The line waiting for the former Disney artist included customers of hers from decades ago, who now wanted their next generation to be silhouetted by the master. Some came with the idea of having bride and groom silhouettes made with Bering's stationery department designing the invitations, or holiday cards made from Cindi's detailed silhouettes. The excitement too, was that 25 percent of the income was to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. One man said he drove in from Dallas to have the former Disney artist silhouette him. " He found me on my SilhouettesbyCindiFacebook, and had his silhouette done by me when he was 5, and I was a teenager, doing silhouettes for a Disney art company in Houston at Astroworld," the pop artist said. Another woman, came in from San Antonio, where Rose had silhouetted her for The San Antonio Express Newspaper, in 1981. A grandmother of two sets of twins, had her children done by Cindi Harwood in New York, in 1983, when Cindi lived there with her husband, famed plastic surgeon, Dr. Franklin Rose and her celebrity daughter, Erica, now a reality star and law graduate from The Bachelor and other TV shows.
Rose was attired in silhouette necklaces that can be made from her own work scanned and placed into findings from craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael's and sealed with Modge Podge. She also had a silhouette game at her table for the children to play with. Cindi Harwood did over 80 silhouettes in 4 ½ hours, mounting and signing each one herself. "I love to do fundraisers for Presidential and children's museums, schools, churches, historic houses, and non-profits. It is a win/win. The venue gets more traffic and sales, and they benefit financially," Mrs. C. H. Rose attested. Her work represented a modern twist to the old-fashioned art, making it more pop fine art, with style.
C. Rose taught herself to cut silhouettes as a young teen when she realized that drawing portraits for a theme park was too competitive and messy. "I did not know that silhouette cutting from life was a lost art and that there are only a few handfuls of silhouette artists in the world. I just picked up the scissors and cut one out by looking at the art manager, and he hired me on the spot, took back my portrait artist smock, and let me design my own silhouette outfit," Rose explained. For more information, look at SilhouettesbyCindi.com and see her videos on YouTube. The real art of cutting a French styled silhouette is with small black paper, no shadow, no light, no photo, just from observing a profile and a personality, and then directly cutting the interpretation with fine details. Lavatar, a German psychiatrist a few hundred years ago used silhouette artists to help him determine personality from features.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Color Silhouettes by Cindi Harwood Rose for Home Decor
America's premier silhouette artist, Cindi Harwood Rose, has been adding color to her palate of modern-day hand-cut (not Photoshopped) silhouettes. With Oily Moss doing popular comic, television, and action figures, it is a delightful challenge to add a touch of color to the Victorian art of carving black cut profiles with scalpel, scissors, and exacto knife. Many of C.H. Rose's designs are requests, Emilio Pucci was done for a Fashion show, a bride and groom for the front room of their dining room, and the Peter Pan artworks for a children's room. Cindi Harwood, the daughter, of an architectural designer, is knowledgeable on utilizing space with art to emote feelings. "My mother would draw interiors of home to scale for architects, and then pick the furnishings, wall covering, floors and floor coverings." She reflected her client's tastes, blending in her own.
Thus, the art of silhouette for decorating a home, is as key as a belt for a dress, or that set of pearls for the basic black dress. The silhouette, like the pearls, can make a statement. Especially, if it is an authentic one made from observation, not a shadow, Photoshop, or from a picture. When I do a subject's profile, I determine who they are, and add their psychology into the finished piece, often adding intuitive marks on the actual finished piece about the individual, psychic silhouettes.