Monday, April 07, 2014

Demo at Silk Purse this weekend


Cherry Blossom Study-detail, Kirsten Chursinoff, 2014
Hello! I'm part of a group show and I'll be doing a hand-embroidery demo this Sunday afternoon, 1-3pm Sunday April 13, 2014. There are various demos on weekend afternoons for the duration of the show.

Here's a blurb about the show: 
"Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts & textile art collective fibreEssence are delighted to offer the 6th annual juried exhibition of textile art inspired by the cherry blossom. As part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, the exhibit is ever-changing, thought-provoking & breathtaking; unfolding as the blossoms blanket Vancouver. Artists from across Canada, the USA & Japan have created an international celebration of a very special spring event. Ranging from whimsical to heavenly, works include delicate images on silk, robust sculptures, textile books, & wearable art."


 
The Silk Purse
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604-925-7292
E-mail: westvanartscouncil@shaw.ca
http://silkpurse.ca/exhibitions

12-4pm Tuesday-Sunday
April 1 - 20, 2014

See you there!
Kirsten
www.chursinoff.com


Friday, January 03, 2014

Oscar joins the studio


This is little Oscar.  3 1/2 months old.
Now I have two little ones to keep me on my toes.
Stitching has slowed down.

My next event will be a slide show and talk at the Squamish Quilters Guild, March 5th, 2014.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blue Jay, Hand Embroidered

Blue Jay by Kirsten Chursinoff
Blue Jay, a photo by Kirsten Chursinoff on Flickr.
At night, when my boys are sleeping, I work on the birds.

The newest addition to our family is now three months old. He's smiling and giggling and loves to watch his brother play. It's difficult to find time for stitching, but it's important to me so I'll find a way to keep the needles moving.

Via Flickr:
Hand embroidered blue jay. Cotton floss on synthetic felt. The background is felted with an embellisher machine (aka needle punch machine). Synthetic and wool felt, yarns and bits of cloth are trapped in the felt and there are some hand embroidered details.
4 ¾” x 7”
12" x 15" framed

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

In the Garden - Exhibition

Varied Thrush, Kirsten Chursinoff 2013

 I'm pleased to invite you to:

"In the Garden" 

A two-person fibre art exhibition:
Kirsten Chursinoff & Vanessa Thackray Cunningham
May 31-June 18, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 30, 5-7pm

Circle Craft Gallery

1 - 1666 Johnston Street
Net Loft, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Tel: 604.669.8021
http://circlecraft.net/Gallery-Exhibitions

Open 10am to 7pm daily

Fashion and fibre art with a focus on the birds found in B.C.  Both Kirsten and Vanessa are alumni of the Textile Arts Program at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. The exhibition is in celebration of Circle Craft's 40th Anniversary, along with the other exhibitions listed on the Circle Craft Website.

If you've been wanting to attend one of my shows but haven't had a chance to yet, I'd recommend coming to see this one. With a second baby on the way I'm not sure when my next show will be.  I'll have my hands full for a while! I hope to see you at the reception on May 30th from 5-7pm.
Thanks,
Kirsten

Kirsten:
http://www.chursinoff.com/kirsten/

Vanessa:
http://thrumsca.blogspot.ca/

Goldfinch, a Short Wrap in yellow with scrabble tiles, Vanessa T. Cunningham

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Catching Up Spring 2013

Even though I only seem to work one day a month, I've managed to line up a number of events this spring.

My fibre art is currently on display at the Secret Garden in Kerrisdale, and has been extended until April 9th, 2013. This is a wonderful and cozy tea house nestled at 5559 West Boulevard between 39th and 40th, Vancouver BC.
http://www.secretgardentea.com/

A couple of my pieces have been accepted in the group show "Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation" at the Silk Purse Gallery,  1570 Argyle Ave. Ambleside, West Vancouver. April 2 - 21, 2013. This is the fourth time I've participated in this show. Each year there is new work to see!
http://silkpurse.ca/
See also:
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for more events
http://www.vcbf.ca/

Stitching on tissue paper.  Trying something new for my cherry blossom pieces this year. The tissue paper is coated in a gloss medium for strength, and then hand embroidered.

Coming soon:
Info about my bird themed show with weaver Vanessa Cunningham at Circle Craft Gallery. May 31-June 18 2013.
Info about my slide show and lecture hosted by the Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild, in Sechelt BC, April 20th.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Virtual Gallery 2012

If you missed seeing my Marine Life show in person you can see it here:

Marine Life Pictures
or
Marine Life Slideshow

Red Tube Worms 2, detail

Ramp Gallery, New Westminster Public Library, 2012
This display area is literally along a ramp. As I mentioned in a previous post, it's a real challenge to hang the pieces at eye-level along the length of the ramp.

The show is over now. Thanks to those of you who visited!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Mushroom Show 2012

Yesterday, I attended the Vancouver Mycological Society Mushroom Show at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. There were hundreds of actual mushrooms laid out on tables for viewing. It was fascinating to see so many of them in one place.

Mushroom Show

Mushroom Show


Since it's the season for mushrooms, I like to share these mushroom pieces again. They're from earlier in 2012:
Amanita Muscaria 3, Kirsten Chursinoff, 2012, 9"x11"framed $196

Amanita Muscaria 2, Kirsten Chursinoff, 2012, 12"x15" framed $395

Amanita Muscaria (Fly Agaric) Richmond Nature Park

Happy mushroom hunting everyone!

You might also like this post:
Amanita Muscaria


Friday, October 26, 2012

Positively Petite Miniature Show 2012

Berries 2, Kirsten Chursinoff, 2012
I'm pleased to announce the following show. I have 8 pieces in this group show, including the "Berries 2" piece pictured above.

November 15-December 21, 2012
"Positively Petite"
Place des Arts Annual Miniature Exhibition and Sale
Opening Gala: Thursday November 15, 7-9pm, everyone is welcome
Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC, Canada
604-664-1636
http://www.placedesarts.ca/

More studio news:
The Marine Life show at NWPL comes down on Tuesday evening, October 30.
New work is being framed for Crafthouse. More news soon.
New lecture date coming soon: Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild 2012.

Friday, October 12, 2012

North Shore Needle Arts Guild 2012

I enjoyed meeting the talented members of the North Shore Needle Arts Guild yesterday. There were both familiar and new faces and everyone gave me a warm welcome.
It's such a treat to share my art with a group who understands the time and patience required to make such time consuming work. Thank you NSNA!

Garden Impression, hand embroidery with couched yarn and glass beads. Kirsten Chursinoff.

Detail, Floratopia, machine and hand stitching with hand embroidery, couching and beads. Kirsten Chursinoff.

Detail, Honeysuckle Sunshine, machine and hand stitching with hand embroidery and couching. Kirsten Chursinoff.
I visited some pieces from the past as I described my transition from exclusive hand-embroidery to my current work which combines hand and machine stitching.

My goal is to blur the line between hand and machine embroidery. This kind of machine embroidery is very much an art tool, such as drawing or painting, and is very different from the type of machine embroidery where a pattern is programmed and sewn automatically using a computerized machine.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The show is up - October 2012

NWPL event listing for my artist talk

The show is now up and will run until the end of October.

The Ramp Gallery is quite literally on a ramp. So the challenge is trying to keep the pieces at eye level as viewers walk or wheel up and down the ramp. With rectangular frames the pieces become steps on the wall. I'm sure there's probably a complex mathematical formula for installations of this type, but I used the good old eyeball-it method.

My artist talk/slideshow is on Thursday, October 4th, at 7pm.
New Westminster Public Library
716  6th Ave. (near 8th Street)
Call the library at 604-527-4667 to pre-register
There is no fee for this event
Come and find out more about my creative process!

Barnacles detail "Painted Sea Stars"

Brittle Star Designs, Kirsten Chursinoff, 2012