My Grandmother, Mary Lou Russell (1927-2009), was born and raised in Kansas, USA. She raised her own family in Oklahoma from 1957 to 1971. In 1971 her husband’s employer moved the family to London where they lived for 5 years. Next they moved to Norway for 12 years. In 1988 they moved back to the USA, to Indiana. She made a name for herself over fifty years by cutting silhouettes for people wherever she went. During the 50’s and 60’s she performed her craft at several state and craft fairs. For a short time she did silhouettes for customers on Selfridge’s shop floor in London. During her time in London she met with the famous English silhouette artist Hubert Leslie who cut silhouettes on Brighton pier for many years. In Norway she helped to create a large craft fair, which still exists.
Here are a few images from a silhouette scrapbook that she kept- a visual diary of her career.