Margieanne Moskowitz is known around the globe for her hand cut silhouettes using only a pair of scissors freehand. The "Shadow Lady" and "M&M" are her nicknames.Â This is a lost art. She is sought out around the world for her detailed stunning cuttings.Â She isÂ also known for her silly and realistic watercolor paintings.Â Margieanne has had her art sold and displayed in galleries in Florida and Arizona, as well as on the net in Isreal and Arizona by request. She worked at Walt Disney World as their silhouette artist.Â She is a nativeÂ ofÂ Florida.Â Margieanne resides with her husband and two beloved cats in Arizona.Â She has a strong faith in God, and gives Him all the glory for her talents.
The art of cutting a silhouette started in the middle of the 18th century.Â The very wealthy peopleÂ had their portraits done in oil. Â However the poor people used the "shadow artist." Â These peddlers would do their portrait for a bed or a meal. Â They had the person sit near a candle or an oil lamp.Â Their shadow would be cast upon a wood plank or stiff cloth.Â The artists would then fill it in with charcoal from the fire pit.
By the 1800's, paper wasÂ plentiful.Â As a result, the artist would look at the person's side view and they would cut out the portrait with a pair of scissors freehand.
Once the camera was invented, it was a blow to this form or art.Â Â The name silhouette was given in honor of Etienne D. Silhouette.Â He was a tax collector in France.Â He started cutting as a hobby to keep the art going.
Today, the art of scissor cutting is very rare.Â It is a lost unique art.Â There are only about 50 scissor cutting artists left in the entire world.Â However, there doesn't seem to be any that cut with the detail, or as many subjects as Margieanne does.
The other form of cutting a silhouette is with a sharp knife. The artist will sketch out the subject, pile up to 50 sheets of paper, and then cut it out.Â It is not rare like using a scissor.
Scissor cutting requires a lot ofÂ patience, skill, and coordination.Â It has become a collector's item.Â So cherish your cuttings, as they are appreciating in value more and more.
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