Sweet Silhouette

Hand-Cut Paper Portraits by Varin Acevedo


Varin Acevedo is an Ohio based Silhouette Artist. Formerly from San Diego, she established a reputation on the west coast cutting silhouettes at fairs, cultural events, weddings, parties and all festive occasions. She is available for hire and would be happy to make your next event extra special.


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The History of Silhouettes

The art of Silhouette cutting originated in Europe in the early 1700's. Prior to the advent of photography, it was a quick and low-cost way to capture someone's likeness that was more affordable than a painted portrait. Artists were hired to cut profiles of the royalty, highlighting the latest extravagance of fashion. In fact, silhouettes received their name from Ettiene de Silhouette, the pre-revolution finance minister who would cut out paper profiles while the people suffered with excessive taxes.

When those artists immigrated to the United States, some catered to the wealthy and some traveled across the contryside to small towns and fairs. Photographs could still be expensive and difficult to obtain, but for a few pennies the likeness of a loved one could be preserved.

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