Above: Lauren Muney of Silhouettes By Hand freehand-cuts the silhouette portrait of an enthusiastic little boy - while attired in Early American-era clothing. At the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Galleries: Photos and Video
Since Silhouettes By Hand's freehand-scissored profile portraits are valuable in many settings and events, several galleries are offered here to let you enjoy the scope of the business. The galleries below include Silhouette images, Instagram feed, Museum Programs, and Other Events, Silhouette-Event example, and a live-broadcast video from a museum event.
How are silhouettes created?
Silhouettes are created "freehand" with scissors. There is no shadow cast, or drawing with pencil or pen in advance. In this video you can see on no lines on this white side of the paper. Creating silhouettes in this way - especially with astounding resemblance to the sitter - is a rare skill. There are few people in the world who work this way. Watch this video (50 seconds):
Here are profile portraits hand-cut with only scissors by your artist, Lauren Muney, spanning 7 years. Each of these portraits is hand-cut with only scissors and paper, without drawing, tracing a shadow or using any type of machine. These are not clipart - these are actual portraits made from people sitting live for their silhouettes or from a photo for their Silhouette Order. Even the horse portrait was created live.
NOTE : The portraits in these galleries are not for sale.
Freehand-scissored silhouette portraits are some of the most difficult- and fascinating - portrait forms, done by only a handful or people in the entire world. To learn more about your artist, visit the About page.
(*The dog's portrait was created from a photo, for a mail-order. Her name is Ella.)
Recent Instagram images: @artisanal_selfie
Some events beg their imagery to be shared: immediate, timely, striking. To follow "Artisanal Selfie" (Silhouettes By Hand) and to see more images, go to the Instagram Profile Page
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Other Events: Corporate and Social
Thank you to Bravo! Events and photographer Eli Turner for the beautiful photos in purple.
Corporate, Non-profit, Social, and Festivals all benefit from the rare skill of silhouette portraiture. Not only do guests take away their memory, but it's a fascinating activity for others just watching.
Some happy faces
These happy faces enjoyed their silhouette portraits at a March 2015 event at Historic Londontown & Gardens in Maryland, USA.
In this museum event, the facility and the guests were celebrating Maryland Day, the founding of the Maryland in 1634. The guests were invited to submit their own selfies (self-portraits) to social media under #MDselfie - however the silhouette area gave the guests the opportunity to relax --and picture themselves in history with their own historically created portrait.
As an illustration of an event, the photos below show Lauren Muney's appearance at an event at Brookside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks (Maryland), Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in December, 2017. Photos in this gallery provided by Montgomery Parks; Tony Ventouris Photography.
If you want to book Silhouettes By Hand into your own event, read more on the Booking page.
A more relaxed encounter with a Silhouette artist...
In this special evening, Lauren Muney visited with Springfield, OH's Mother Stewart's Brewing Company, to talk about tradition (and beer) ... Mother Stewart's was was made from an old coffin factory, and is named after a local temperance worker - ie: a woman who tried to get beer banned...
In the Media
Below is a video filmed during Memorial Day Weekend 2017, at internationally renown The Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan, USA.