On Wednesday my ‘Partner-in-Craft’ Hannah and I went to the London Sketch Club in Chelsea, an amazing club formed over 100 years ago by newspaper illustrators and designers looking for somewhere to hang out, drink gin and oogle (I mean paint) naked ladies. We visited not so much for the ‘smoking and conversatione’ advertised here but to see the silhouette artist Charles Burns and his new book Mastering Silhouettes, A practical guide to silhouette portraiture showcasing Charles beautiful work.
Using surgical scissors and squares of black paper Charles cuts silhouettes ‘live’ (no bright lights and profiles shadowed on walls for him). He has cut silhouettes of the great and the good including the Queen for her 80th Birthday (as Hannah said ‘a bit like making stamps then’) and now me…
Not entirely convinced about my nose, would quite like to snip a little off the end but pretty impressive for 90 seconds work. When I get the chance I shall try my hand at mastering silhouettes but for now I am pleased I have finally mastered the spelling of it.
In my youth I learnt to make these origami hearts to impress the boys when down my local pub. (It works. Fact.) I used the silver paper from inside cigarette packets but these days you’ll probably have to find other more readily available paper; maybe the random club flyer or free magazine that is always lying around.
Now I am sharing the love for Valentines Day. Enjoy!
I also learnt to make a pig and an elephant. But they were only used in emergencies … when prettier, wittier girls were present.
I don’t remember how to make them now. I guess I didn’t have to make them that much.
I love paper. I love the way it is super versatile and you can make it do pretty much anything you think of. I once made it do this for a photoshoot. If you want to make something similar you can watch an instructional video I did for HobbyCraft a little while ago, it shows you how to make these giant flowers.
Anyway I digress… The other day I stumbled across the beautiful website of Paper+Cup Design. After having a good look round I found they had just released a book full of their quirky and cute designs. I received mine in the post this morning and though the projects are quite simple they all have the delightful design aesthetic that I love.
If you are new to crafting, want to make something with your children or just want another book to coo over and be inspired by then get yours here.