The art form, where paper cutouts of a persons profile are made using small scissors, was popular in the 18th century because it was cheap and cameras hadnt been invented yet.
Now silhouettes are everywhere, and according to silhouette artist Karl Johnson, the paper people are finding a cool, hip audience.
He says, You can thank Apple with their iPod campaign. Its made silhouettes really hot right now. Its the pendulum effect where whats old becomes new again.
But theres more to this paper trail than just pint-sized profiles.
Johnson, who creates pieces through his website cutarts.com, says many people get sexy and scandalous with their silhouettes.
Johnson says, One couple sent a photo of themselves doing it to have made into a silhouette. Ive also done nudes for folks.
But despite having to make the awkward cutouts of peoples private parts, Johnson says hes a cut above the competition.
He explains, I really enjoy the opportunity to be challenged artistically. Ill do whatever someone wants me to do.
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