January 21, 2013

Silhouette

'Silhouettes from Popular Culture' by Olly Moss came into my possession last October. I received a few comments from various people asking to see inside the book after I posted a picture of it on Instagram, so I decided today of all days would be as good a time as any! This simple yet beautifully presented hardback is overflowing with the somewhat lost Victorian art of silhouettes but these aren't the shadows of stern men and women with extravagant bonnets and top hats (well, some have top hats!) these silhouettes have a uniquely modern twist as the characters within this book are from films that span the more recent decades! Some are very easy to recognise whilst others are a little more obscure! (and some I just want to tear out and frame!)

There isn't an index of the characters included in the book so the name of the game is to guess as many as you can from your own movie knowledge, I couldn't possibly include every single silhouette in this post but I have included some of my favourites! Why don't you have a go at guessing them for yourself!


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33 comments:

  1. What a fun book! Actually, I'd get it just for the gorgeous cover alone. I think I recognize all the silhouettes with the exception of the creature in the sixth photo down... I'm sure it will turn out to be something embarrassingly obvious. Haha. Scully and Mulder were a cute inclusion.

    These silhouettes would make great templates for Halloween pumpkin carving. :)

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    1. The beautiful cover is what originally caught my eye! The inside was just a bonus! That's a great idea for using them as pumpkin stencils! I may give that a go next Hallowe'en! I'm sure you will kick yourself for not getting it, it's Frank from Donnie Darko! :P ~♥~

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  2. Oohh... that's a very fantastic book...

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    1. It really is! It was a lot of fun guessing who each one was! ~♥~

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  3. Very clever!
    Thanks for sharing ♥

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  4. Like it too much ! I wanna the same book. ( Donnie Darko <3 )

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    1. You highly recommend it! You'll have a lot of fun! ~♥~

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  5. That looks such a pretty book. I love it.

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    1. I know! It's such a simple layout but it looks so elegant and artsy! ~♥~

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  6. I'm pretty sure I got them all. Does that mean I'm down with the kids today ;)
    Nice blog!

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    1. Definitely! I wish I could have shown more of the silhouettes but I don't want to ruin the fun for anybody wanting to buy the book themselves! ~♥~

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  7. Hello there!!!!! Wish you a lovely week!!

    That is totally a great add to your book collection!!! All those silhouettes!! I myself like silhouettes so much that if i had the book, 90% of the pages would be in frames!! They look too good to be closes inside the book!! You considering make, some at least, framed or it would be as it is?! Or the book is so pretty?

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    1. Thanks Magda! :) Trust me, if I had a second copy I would definitely be thinking of framing a lot of these by now! I've always admired the art of silhouettes, that's one of the reasons I came across this book! ~♥~

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  8. I have to ask: how much did it cost and where can I get it? This precious thing deserves a place among my other art books! ♥

    I specially liked the pictures with the characters of Back to the Future, it adds an hilarious note :)

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    1. I pre-ordered the book a month or so before Hallowe'en last year and I can't quite remember how much I paid for it but it is still available from Amazon.co.uk for under £10! There are a lot of even more humorous silhouettes in this book but you'll have to see for yourself! ~♥~

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  9. That is one of that books that like magda days, belongs in frames , we should only buy it in pairs , although i dont think i have what it takes to destoy a book even if it is for a good thing like being exposed all around the house.
    That last too won my heart , i really love the frankenstein wise profile

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    1. I know! Some day I may get another copy just to frame some of them as it really is a shame to keep them shut away inside these pages. You can see images on Google of the exhibition that Olly Moss did some years ago, each silhouette is in a beautiful vintage frame and it looks just wonderful! The Bride of Frankenstein would be one of the first ones up on my wall! ~♥~

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  10. Oh that's so cool! They would look fantastic in frames! It would be great if you could buy them separately. I always hated art at school because I wasn't any good at it, but the one lesson we had on making silhouettes with crafting knives and black paint was my favourite!

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    1. I was thinking just that! I would love to display a couple of these on the walls but I just don't have the heart to ruin this beautiful book! I could scan them into my computer but I don't have a scanner! I did buy a few prints from Killouettes a few months back but I'm on the look out for some frames for those as they don't fit into any of the ones I have spare! ~♥~

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  11. That book is beautiful, such a treasure and one to refer back to for some mysterious fun! xxx

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  12. Cool! I remember we had a discussion a while back about how you might use copies or transfers of these on a project. As I recall, it was that colored bottle/jar project. I managed to guess every one of these except for the one under Harry Potter. At first I thought that was one of the Cybermen from Dr. Who, but not every feature lines up... That one must be some pop culture I'm not familiar with. Either that, or I'm going to go "Duh!" once you tell me. :)

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    1. Well it depends if you're a Star Wars fan or not as the one you were stuck on is Boba Fett the bounty hunter! I suppose it could also be Boba's father, Jango Fett, as their helmet is exactly the same! ~♥~

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  13. Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice! Oops I've gone and done it... heehee! Love these, very cool book! XXX

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  14. I really love these, especially Beetlejuice! I'm going to have to add this book to my amazon wishlist. My grandmother took me to get a silhouette photo when I was younger, I wonder if my mom still has it somewhere.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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