I have a thing for silhouettes. In fact, my logo for this blog is a pair of silhouettes of my identical twin daughters when they were little girls. I decided to gather up all of my silhouettes and display them in one spot and I love the way my vintage silhouette gallery wall turned out in my foyer. I’m also sharing a little history of the silhouette along with some of my favorite statement making silhouette gallery walls.
The name Silhouette traces back to the 18th century French finance minister, Etienne de Silhouette. Long before the invention of the camera and using just a pair of scissors and a good eye, he created these whimsical little images that resembled his subjects. The invention of the camera in 1816 signaled the end of this once popular art form. Thankfully, silhouettes are making a comeback and if you’re lucky enough to find one at a thrift shop or flea market, scoop that thing up!
You can still find talented silhouette artists who can turn a piece of black paper into your likeness. I had my girls silhouettes done at Disney over 15 years ago and I treasure them. It was amazing to watch the artist at work as he swiftly turned scraps of paper into a work of art that is the spitting image of my girls!
I joke that my parents didn’t love me enough to have a silhouette done of me when I was a kid so let’s pretend the lady in the hat at the bottom of the photo below is me! My girls are the two silhouettes in the middle (done when they were five at Disney) and my hubby’s is at the top (of his eight year old self).
Look closely at the photo below to find two Easter Eggs (hidden surprises that are not supposed to be there)!
The others were found for a dollar or two at estate sales and thrift shops. In fact, I even found one silhouette with the persons full name written on the back so I did a little detective work and found her on Facebook. I messaged her and she was thrilled that I found her childhood silhouette. You can read all about the funny story of the vintage silhouette here.
I love my girls silhouettes so much I turned them into oversize art. You can see more of them in my master bedroom tour here.
Don’t miss some of my favorite Eclectic Home Tours that feature stunning silhouette gallery walls ….
And how fun is this graphic black and white silhouette art from Kate Pierce Vintage.
My girls! Although don’t ask me which silhouette belongs to which daughter!
Did you find the two Easter Eggs (things that should not have been in the photo)!