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Portrait of Lauren Muney

Lauren Muney, owner of Silhouettes By Hand, cuts silhouettes freehand with scissors in the traditional portrait style made popular from about 1760 to the 1860s, and even today. Her only tools are special paper and scissors, which she uses to cut each profile while looking at the sitter. The scissors do the “drawing,” committing the cuts immediately without the possibility of erasure.

Muney became interested in cutting silhouettes after studying the entertainments of historical time periods. She fell in love with silhouettes, the art of silhouette cutting, and its place in history. Although she has a degree in graphic illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, she is self-taught in freehand scissoring based on descriptions from silhouette masters from previous centuries.

Muney travels widely cutting silhouettes and interpreting history at museums and events across North America, and recently at the Lost Trades Fair in Australia. She has been recorded for television and radio across four continents and is featured in the United Kingdom documentary Silhouette Secrets. Lauren was recently elected to the board of directors of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums.

Silhouettes by Hand
6000 Sycamore Rd
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone: 301-210-6161

You can meet the artist at the following shows:

October 20, 2018 to October 21, 2018: Autumn Colonial Market Fair in McLean, VA
September 1, 2018 to September 2, 2018: Fair at New Boston in Springfield, OH
September 15, 2018 to September 16, 2018: Colonial Market & Fair in Mount Vernon, VA

Lauren Muney has been selected for the following Directories:

Year: 2018, 
				Category: Paper
Year: 2017, 
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Year: 2016, 
				Category: Paper
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Paper
Year: 2014, 
				Category: Paper
Year: 2013, 
				Category: Paper
Biography updated June 14, 2018   Photograph updated June 4, 2018  Contact information updated March 22, 2013
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