Friday, December 20, 2013
Cindi Harwood in the 70's and early 80's was a frequent guest at business conventions, private parties, and popular department stores such as Neiman-Marcus, Kaufman's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sanger-Harris hand-profiling people's silhouettes. Her real agent, Hal Burman, booked her throughout the United States and so did her agent in Pittsburgh, Pa. to cut silhouettes of clients at VIP events. Cindi, a graduate in communications (and fine art) at the University of Texas in Austin, was also a former beauty contest winner and television on-camera personality. Thus, it was easy for her to relate to guests, give speeches about a company, and cut silhouettes as she worked. Silhouette cutting to Cindi and working, was similar to "Whistling while you work".
In the 80's she married Dr. Franklin Rose, and soon had two children, Erica and Benjamin. Her silhouette career, did not take her globe-trotting to Canada, Hawaii, South America, Australia, Hong Kong, France, Rome, UK, Scotland, and Ireland as in the past. It became Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi based, so that she could combine family with an edge of career. She found that doing silhouettes in elite children's boutiques, pharmacy's, stationery stores, and toy stores, and the school fundraisers, fit nicely into being the nation's best mom, wife, and community leader.
With children grown, Cindi Harwood Rose is now again making her talent available to the world at holiday parties, museum fund-raisers, art galleries, weddings, engagement parties, and other events. Here Cindi and her precious elves are busy at Texas Auto Direct, wishing all the best for the New Year!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Contemporary Silhouette Artist Cindi Harwood Rose, cuts above other paper profilers With added history too! Gina Pelano
Do you think silhouette portrait art is old-fashioned, it can be, if the artist is not attuned to style, or is mimicking historical silhouette art work done by silhouette and shade artists in the 1700 and 1800's. Today's expert silhouette fine artist, Cindi Harwood Rose, is cuts above many of her contemporaries. For one thing, she is the authentic, real-deal silhouette lady! I was astounded to see her cut profile arts in Rhode Island. She sits erect and handles authentic silhouette paper, and unique scissors talking as she works. The side of the subject's face appeared from the acid-free paper in about 20 seconds and it was exact! She told me that many of the artists that cut silhouettes are now using construction paper, and that the real silhouette paper is white on one side and black on the other. Watch out if it is not, as it could not stand up in time, and be acid-free or good for the environment, it can fade. The authentic silhouette paper lasts, but costs much more for the artists to buy, so that is why some are using black paper on both sides, but it is really a grey-black, Cindi explained.
True silhouette artisans cut from the white side, and this is what she learned as a teen-ager when she began her marvelous cut art creations of the individuals, and their pets! However, when asked how she learned it, she immediately told me, she never learned to cut silhouettes, as it really can't be taught, even to wonderful portrait artists. Cindi Rose said, she was born an artist, and I have to agree. I also must mention, I did see a silhouette artist and his work was not from real silhouette paper, had no details, and actually looked cave-man style, the child had a neck the size of a prize fighter! Not Cindi's work, the children look like you want to hug them and love them, and she just captures their faces and makes them just darling. So, when we talk silhouette artists, you should really examine the work that is being displayed in whatever promotion you are reading. I asked Cindi where the great silhouette artists were. She said she knew of good silhouette artists in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, California, and possibly, New York. Now that I searched the net, I have to say that I think Cindi Rose, is the America's finest silhouette artist.
I brought in a book from someone who says to take a photo and cut that out with any kind of paper, even wallpaper, and that was a silhouette. WRONG. That is just something to do, similar to gluing rhinestones on something, pretending it is diamonds.
Reading the history of silhouette artwork, by Mrs. E. Nevell Jackson, I realized that it is an art, to capture the way someone dresses, acts, stands, wears their hair in paper, by cutting directly and not sketching first. Of course, the exception is Kara Walker, and Dickens who are making unique dialogues about society. But Cindi Harwood Rose, manages to make her silhouette or shade cuts into true art, with dialogue. You can almost imagine who the person is, what they think, and exactly, how they wore their hair, as shown in these delightful intricate silhouette artworks by master Cindi H. Rose.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Extraordinary Silhouette Weddings!
Television star, Colin Cowie, is known for planning extraordinary weddings, and if it is not in your budget, you can add some of his tips to plan your own. Just like Colin, silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose, has also inspired wedding guests, brides and grooms, and calculating MOB's with her expertise in cutting silhouettes at unique weddings for the past 35 plus years. These lovely marriage ceremonies have all varied by different wedding planners, and styles of bride and grooms, some were royal, some were stars, some were common plain folk. The underlying theme is union, exchange of vows, and wanting to give a special gift to the guests, even if there are 30 or 900. That is where Silhouette artist, Cindi Harwood Rose comes in. Her hand-cut profiles in miniature are mind-boggling spectacular. She has brought upon the wedding stage envelope in France, England, Dubai, Canada, LA, NY, Wisconsin, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Tennessee, Italy, Ireland, and on sea. C. Rose, a natural artist, can merely look at someone and with surgical scissors and any color paper, carve a likeness with unique details that make it appear to speak to you.
Often, she works with her silhouette sister, Kathryn Flocken, at venues in South America, Europe, Australia, New York, Florida, when people desire all guests at large weddings to have a treasured keepsake. For more information see SilhouettesbyCindi.com and her Wedding Wonderful Supreme Video. Both Kathryn and Cindi worked for Disney, Cindi at Disneyland and Disneyworld, Kathryn at Disneyworld. Both have degrees in fine art, can draw portraits, do illustrations, and paint in many mediums. C. Rose, has sculpted, welded, done pottery, watercolors, mixed media, acrylic, oils, and so has Kathryn who also can make the most glorious food safe acrylic silhouette cake toppers of the engaged couple. At weddings, they help with the entire theme, from chair covers, to cake toppers, cookie cutters, invitations, cake choices, and often style-shoots. With Silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose working your wedding Martha Stewart and the O List style, you can say, "The Cake is Frosted."