For 27 years, Rita Bishop, has been cutting delicate silhouettes. She learned the art of paper cutting from her mother when she was 14 years old in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Working with her mother on holidays and summers, she worked in over 14 states in the Midwest by the time she was 18 years old. Rita worked Department Stores, fairs, bank promotions, and had her own agent by the time she was 19 years old.
She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Textile Design in 1983. By that point she had worked 10 years as a silhouette artist, working to help pay her tuition for college. She was offered the position of Silhouette artist of Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan for the grand opening of the park in 1984, but declined to start her own jewelry business in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Since then she has cut silhouettes in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kodiak, and Wasilla. For 15 years, she and her husband have worked together as jewelers for their own company, Fishing For Gold, bringing beautiful gold nugget jewelry to wonderful gift shops in the state.
The art of silhouette cutting is a dying art form. She is one of the few artists in the country and the only one in Alaska. She can cut a paper silhouette (“a paper doll that looks like you”) in five minutes free hand with only a pair of scissors and paper.
Silhouettes are a rare collectable
and pure entertainment at the same time!