Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bay Area again and I love it!!

Traveling to the Bay Area is a long drive from Orange County. I have done several events in the San Francisco area. A Red Egg Party, a corporate holiday party  (the same corporation twice), a beautiful wedding reception at the Historic Presidio which has captivating view of the bay and San Francisco. I am back in the bay area of Sunnyvale.

Getting a late start was not on my itinerary. However, it happened due to having my car at the mechanic. I realized taking my car in, is like going to the doctor. My appointment time is never at the time indicated, resulting in getting done later than anticipate.

Once again, it is an honor to be a part of a special and memorable day for a wedding. (No photos.)

As always....

time goes by so quickly. I get busy, life and technical issues. All is well. I'm updating today just to say, I'm still here. So many events, weddings and more. I love what I do. 
Catta Vedera, Roseville, CA near Sacramento, CA
More to come

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Coming up... this weekend

It's Thursday and I am already preparing for the weekend.  I need to make sure I have enough cards to mount the silhouettes, paper to cut the silhouettes, glue and bags to put them in. And one more thing, a Scrapbook.  I believe most folks love added value. I try to do a little of added value. I will provide a scrapbook at no extra cost. The scrapbook is used to mount the silhouettes of the guests and guests sign their names and leave a note. This way, my clients will have something tangible from me to remember their special day or special event.
The handcrafted silhouette is cut out by me, Sylvia aka Sylhouettes by Sylvia. This is something special my clients enjoy and I have receive only  positive feedback.  A little added value is something the clients deserve. And...not only do the guests receive a special memory of a very special day. The client does too.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I just keep sayin'

I am going to keep up with this blog and I continue to procrastinate on sharing events, I am at every weekend.

I am going to post a few photos and make sure that things will get consistent.
Events are so worth sharing. I always have a great time and enjoy meeting friends and family.

So here are a couple of photos of a birthday party. Birthday parties like this one is at the park. Mom and Dad are keeping things fun and simple for their little guests. Here you see a mom signing the guest book for the birthday girl. The guest book is filled with silhouettes of guests so they can sign their name and leave a birthday wish for the birthday girl. Guests take home their silhouette too. Everybody gets in on the fun.

At another birthday party a mom made the banner and then she gave it to me.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Anne+Cory in Style Me Pretty Little Black Book I posted this wedding in August. This wedding was amazing and the back story is a fairytale come true. Anne + Cory wed at the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club  especially remodeled for their wedding and featured in Style Me Pretty "Little Black Book".

Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Been a Long Time... since my last post.

Yes, it's been a while and I am back up again. In the sense that I haven't blogged much. The silhouette events are still strong and as they continue to come up, I will post the past and current events. Udating my posts should keep me busy for a bit. I received the Gigmaster 5-Star Performer Award for 2011. Thank you to all who have booked Sylhouettes by Sylvia via Gigmasters. This is my second award. I love my connection to Gigmasters. I  am focused and hopeful, I may acheive  another one!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

September! So Much! So Beautiful! So Amazing!

September has much to be said for, amazing weddings, events and connections. A great summer I had indeed. So many wonderful experiences.  And as we go into the fall season, I don't even know where to begin except for at the beginning. Aurora and Eugene wedding began the month of September to a lift off of amazing! Another great wedding in the first of the month of September was at the Darlington House, La Jolla Alicia + Jeremiah Wedding. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and work with Zapher Dajani, Founder of The Abbey Catering and Design.

September 8th, introduce the second week of the month with another fabulous event hosted by  The Knot ,"Cocktails and Connections" showcased several unique wedding ideas, including Sylhouettes by Sylvia. I can't say enough about the venue- Rancho Las Lomas, one word-"stunning"! Property owner Jeanne Lawrence, equally as stunning and such a gracious host. Natalie Good, her talents amazed everyone! A Good Affair Events and Productions provided the most amazing decor, florals, colors,  vendors and need I say more.  No wonder they are The Knot's 2011 Best of Amazing Picks. Amazing!
And that is it for the first part of the September. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor Day Weekend 2011

End of summer signified by a Labor Day holiday. Hot days are still ahead of us. I like that part only a little bit. Great for outdoor  events and long evenings. Events I cut silhouettes for  this weekend were eventful and fun. Very impressionable, Eugene + Aurora wedding on Saturday, September 3. Guests were memorable and absoluetely friendly.   I found out some history and quite romantic about this wonderful villa.....
Villa Collazzi

Villa Collazzi

The Alverno Villa is a duplicate of the Villa Collazzi located on the outskirts of Florence Italy. Villa Collazzi has been occupied for several centuries by the Bombicci Fomi family, and legend has it that the Villa is the only one ever designed by the immortal Michelangelo. The Villa del Sol d’Oro is one quarter scale to the original. Nestled at the foot of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains in the picturesque City of Sierra Madre, the Villa was built in the “pure” Italian Renaissance Style in 1922 by the famous Pasadena architect Wallace Neff and was completed by 1928. The estate wasbuilt by Dr. Jarvis Barlow for his wife, who had visited the Villa Collazzi and wanted a house just like it. This design was a radical departure from the Mediterranean style that that Neff perfected in his other homes. He used entrance rotunda and iron work in several of his later homes. Originally built on thirteen acres of trees and flowers overlooking the entire San Gabriel Valley, the Villa had five master bedrooms, four bathrooms, and ample help quarters, one of the first electric elevators in the area, porches on three sides, and spacious patios. On the grounds were garages, stables, caretaker’s home, swimming pool, bath house, and tennis courts. The building is comprised of two stories and a tower. It is said that the walls aremade of two rows of hollow tile to keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The lower story houses the reception rooms, dining room, drawing room, and library. The upper floor includes the living quarters and a spacious ballroom. The tower was built to obtain a better view of the valley.
Alverno Villa

Dr. Barlow himself supervised the planting of the trees which included: orchids, tulip, Japanese Magnolia, strawberry tree, flaming eucalyptus, monkey tree, camphor, sapoitas, English Yew, coral, and carob. To frame the southern fa├žade, a sunken garden was added, lined on either side by Italian cypress. The Villa is now part of Alverno High School, a private Catholic girl’s school, which
has been educating young women since 1960.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Passion for Silhouette History

Something has to be said about rates for a silhouette artist today... I love the history of the art and rather keep it the way it was intended. As it was never intended for aristocrats, to trace lineage.They used oil paintings from famous painters of their era. Silhouettes were gawdy for the rich, back in that day.

Silhouettes were for the average working folk. Many times, traded for a meal, a nights rest as a silhouette artist would travel from township to township. Oil paintings didn't belong in huts and small cottages anyway.  There were no cameras at the time to  capture images. Silhouette art was very practical centuries ago.
As silhouette art moved to the U.S.  after many folks immigrated from Europe. Silhouettes art also followed and artists traveled to local and world fairs, for a minimun fee for each silhouette. And as time has progressed, compared to the world of art, silhouettes remain "A Lost Art".  However, not so lost. In order to share with the others in this day in age a fee within reach, (compared to todays standards) it is not impossible. In my opionion it is not worth putting a hole in the pocket book to experience a lost art.
I love that I can share my art at will. I love that I can offer a very fair price keeping loyal to my passion of silhouette art and the history of silhouettes. And I do! It would not be practical for me to trade for a meal. However, a tattoo, or maybe something of value. It has been done. I value my talent and more importantly, it is to be shared.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Labor Day Weekend Two Events Prepare for Traffic!!!

I am looking forward to this weekend. Labor Day Weekend! On Saturday, September 3rd,  I am going to be at a  beautiful historic venue for Aurora's wedding. Cutting silhouettes at the Villa del Sol d'Oro Alverno Villa in Sierra Madre . I am told at this point I will be stationed at the  library. Sounds pretty cool. I can't wait to be a part of this lovely event. I will be there for three hours.

Following the lovely event on Saturday, I will be Alicia's wedding to perform silhouettes on Sunday, September 4th at yet another historic venue. The Darlington House in La Jolla. This too is a beautiful estate turned into an event holding venue near the ocean. I can't wait to be yet at another historic venue cutting silhouettes. I have a love of history and enjoy being at historic venues. It adds to the classic style and appreciation of the era of silhouette art. But no matter where I do silhouettes and who I do them for. The individual who have me at their events have an appreciation for the art. It makes it fun no matter what.