Etienne de Silhouette was a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by the credit crisis of the time to impose severe economic demands on the public. Because of this act as well as many other [frugal] decisions for his country, his name became eponymous with anything made or done cheaply. And so, as the cheapest way to record someone’s likeness was to cut their outline out of a thin black card, those pieces became known as silhouettes.
Throughout the next few hundred years, the art of cutting out a silhouette from black card became popular and an style in-and-of itself. Despite the cost of materials, this style caught our attention in our search of what to decorate the walls of our lobby with. Here are the first three of a series that will eventually depict all of us here at Studio Holladay.