About Cheek by Jowl

I’m a graphic designer from Australia and have lived and worked in Sweden and the UK. I support independent designers and craft and get a real kick out of making beautiful things.

I’ve spent a lot of time studying portraits and the history of representations of the face, to figure out why we make images of ourselves and others.

Cheek By Jowl Design creates silhouette portraits referring to this classic approach, while introducing colour and new materials for a contemporary take on traditional techniques.

"I think a great portrait has to do with the way it is approached ... it is to do with the feeling of individuality, and the intensity of the regard and the focus on the specific".

Lucian Freud

What does Cheek By Jowl mean? It’s a term that describes the skin of the cheek and jaw being very close to each other. It expresses intimacy and togetherness.

"Follow? Nay, I’ll go with thee,
cheek by jowl."

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Read more about how I make my silhouettes on my blog
Photo of Sally Esse

Sally Esse

Cheek by Jowl Design Founder and Creator

“Isn't it amazing how a person and personality can be captured in a shadow. I have a small silhouette of Peter, Hester's dad, and sometimes you think it will talk.”

Kay, Sassafras

What my customers are saying...

"It was so straight forward to get these done. No difficult sessions getting a photo in a formal setting: as you suggested they were snapped watching TV."

Kay, Sassafras

"We couldn't be happier with the silhouettes that Cheek By Jowl has created for us. It feels like these will be the best reminders of our precious little children and the best years of our lives. The craftsmanship is superb and now we're just trying to work out who else would want one."

Seda, Albert Park