Upcoming Events

Friday, May 24, 2019

Start with Art, Art for Kids, closing party

It has been a great pleasure to be a part of the group exhibition Start with Art at the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove. If you haven't seen the show there is still time to visit. The show is on until June 1, 2019.

From the Seymour Art Gallery:
"Start with Art focuses on encouraging young people to appreciate, collect, and curate their own art collection – with a special price list just for kids 16 and younger! Exhibiting artists also offer advice for budding artists and frequently spark the idea in kids that one day their work could be shown in a gallery, too."

The show has been so much fun, the gallery has decided to host a Closing Party!

Start with Art Closing Party and Free Drop-In Animation Workshop for Families
Saturday June 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
Couldn’t make it to our exhibition reception? Join us for a fun closing party in celebration of our 15th annual Start with Art exhibition for young people! To make saying goodbye to this special exhibition a bit easier, you are invited to get inspired and be creative during our free drop-in animation workshop for all ages. Families can bring their drawings to life by filling a small flip book; work solo or as a team to create your animation!

Artists: Kristian Adam, Tara Lee Bennett, Katy Biele, Sandra Bowers, Kirsten Chursinoff, Shima Itabashi, Sarah Leckie, Ron Love, Liane McLaren, Emilie Nunez, Robin Reid, Sarah Ronald, M. A. Tateishi, Kate Whitehead, Nellija Zi, and Graeme Zirk

Monday, April 15, 2019

Start with Art group exhibition

I'm excited to announce that I'm participating in the Start with Art exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery. Join us for the reception April 21, 2019 2-4pm. I will have 12 embroidered pieces, mostly bird portraits and a couple of butterflies.


*Note: the artwork featured in the promotion is embroidery by Katy Biele

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Painterly Stitches Textile Exhibition June 2 - July 25, 2016

Top: detail of Hollyhock Garden. Bottom: detail of Little Chickadee, by Kirsten Chursinoff.

My Painterly Stitches exhibition is now open!
With a painterly approach, and a full spectrum of needle art techniques, Vancouver artist Kirsten Chursinoff presents her nature-inspired textile art.

Birds, flowers and landscapes are depicted using hand-embroidery stitches, or expressive free-motion machine sewing. The base fabrics are quilt-like, needle-felted, or altered paper.

West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC, Canada


June 2 - July 25, 2016
Free admission

Family-friendly and accessible location

Monday - Thursday 10am to 9pm
Friday 10am to 6pm
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday (September – June) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
We are closed Sundays from July through Labour Day.
- See more at: https://www.westvanlibrary.ca/visit/library/location-hours#sthash.krJUjobY.dpuf
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday (September – June) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
We are closed Sundays from July through Labour Day.
- See more at: https://www.westvanlibrary.ca/visit/library/location-hours#sthash.krJUjobY.dpuf

Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sundays (in June only) 10am to 5pm
Sundays closed in July
Closed Friday July 1 for Canada Day

Over 30 pieces displayed on the main floor and lower level of the library. Use elevator or stairs to access the lower level.

Slide show and artist talk at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Room, June 22, 7-8pm.
Please call the library at 604-925-7400 for more info about the venue

Please contact Kirsten to purchase artwork in the exhibition

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation, group exhibition, 2016

***I will have 2 pieces in this exhibition. My demo is scheduled for Sunday April 3, 1-3pm and is titled "Breaking the rules with hand stitching."
Silk Purse Gallery at the West Vancouver Community Arts Council

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Save the dates! 2016

Garden Glow, detail, Kirsten Chursinoff 2016

Garden Glow, Kirsten Chursinoff 2016

I'm excited to share some of the events on my calendar this year!

2016  Canadian Events

March 8
Slide show/artist talk for the Ridge Meadows Quilters, Maple Ridge, BC

March 22-April 10
Cherry Blossom: Textile Translations, juried group exhibition, Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC

Demo at Silk Purse, date to be confirmed soon.

April 13-15
Group Exhibition at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Westin Bayshore, Vancouver BC

June 2 to mid-July
Solo exhibition at the West Vancouver Memorial Library Gallery

June 22, 7pm
Slide show/artist talk at the West Vancouver Memorial Library

2016  American Events
2 group shows to be confirmed soon!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Feathers and Wings

Kirsten Chursinoff 2015, framed art for NWPL show

Feathers and Wings
An exhibition of embroidered birds, butterflies and moths by Kirsten Chursinoff April 1-30, 2015

Ramp Gallery
New Westminster Public Library
716  6th Avenue
New Westminster, BC, Canada

The library has great hours:
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday (except holiday weekends) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Easter weekend closures:

Good Friday
Friday, April 3: CLOSED
Easter Monday
Sunday, April 5: CLOSED

Monday, April 6: CLOSED

Please note, there is no opening reception. 
All sales from this exhibition will be handled directly by me.
Kirsten 604-874-1827

Buckeye butterfly, hand embroidered on needle-felted wool, by Kirsten Chursinoff

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Q and A for the student in Northern Ireland

Chickadee, Perched by Kirsten Chursinoff 2014

Q and A interview for the student in Northern Ireland

You can read my answers below.

What do you like most about embroidery?

I love how embroidery is so versatile. There are endless stitch
choices especially when combining hand and machine embroidery. Simple
materials can lead to a complex outcome depending on your approach.

Where do you gather most of your inspiration for your work?

Nature, both wild and cultivated, provides most of my inspiration. I
also think it’s important to look outside the textile art world for
inspiration. I have used embroidery books for stitch and technique
instructions but then I look to books on painting or photography for
ideas about composition and ways of seeing the world.

What is the main challenge you face when beginning a piece?

Facing a blank page, or a blank piece of cloth, can be a challenge for
all creative people. When designing, I find it’s best to start with
something other than a blank page: layer some textured paper; sponge
on some paint; or scribble with a pencil just to get rid of the
blankness. You can build your design from there. The first marks may
not even show in your final design, but it gives you a starting point.
I highly recommend collage as a way to develop imagery, especially if
drawing is not your strongest skill.

What are your goals for the future (as an artist)?

I have some ideas for illustrating a children’s book with embroidery
and fabric art. I’d also like to share some techniques in a how-to
textile art book for adults. In the near future I hope to continue
exhibiting my work and speaking to embroidery and textile art guilds.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have two small children, so hand embroidery is my passion right now.
It's easy to pick up and put down when I have a few moments to spare.
I’ve been hand embroidering a lot of birds lately. I love the feathers
and markings and feel that stitch is a perfect medium for depicting
birds. For many years I was focused on machine embroidery, so it's
nice to come back to hand embroidery with fresh ideas. I'm taking some
time to experiment with some new stitch ideas as a way to expand my
creative toolbox.

Kirsten Chursinoff
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Q and A for the student in Manchester

"Inflorescence" detail, Kirsten Chursinoff

I’m often contacted by students, and sometimes I don’t have the time to respond, but this time I found the time to answer a few questions for a textiles student in Manchester:

“Hi, I am a textiles student based in Manchester and I am really interested in your work and what processes are involved with your work. We have been asked to speak to artists that will be potentially further influencing our work which will go towards an essay. If it is possible could I ask you a few questions for my research?

I am really interested in your use of surface texture on all of your pieces of work. Is it both hand embroidery and machine embroidery that you use on your work and what kind of imagery inspires your work? Also what artist originally inspired you when you began making work of your own? Is there a particular shape or pattern that has influenced the way in which your work forms? Lastly, what media do you use on a regular basis and what do you use to create your original surface before embellishing it?
Thank you for your help and time.”

 Q and A
Is it both hand embroidery and machine embroidery that you use on your work?
Yes. I try to blur the boundaries so that you really have to look closely to see where one ends and the other begins.

What kind of imagery inspires your work?
Primarily nature. Occasionally I drift into the abstract realm.

What artist originally inspired you when you began making work of your own?
Kaffe Fassett was a huge inspiration, especially for colour use. I stumbled upon his early needlework and knitting books at my local library. This was before I knew about the wonderful world of textile art.
Then it was the work of Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn. They stimulated my passion for combining many techniques in one piece of art, and fed my hunger for texture.

Is there a particular shape or pattern that has influenced the way in which your work forms?
I love early textiles and tribal patterns, but you won’t see much evidence of that in my work. Texture, more than pattern, is an important element for me.

What media do you use on a regular basis?
Cotton quilting fabrics, embroidery floss, sewing thread, decorative yarns, cheese cloth/scrim, wool for machine needle felting and sometimes beads. I avoid some of the trendy materials, with the exception of water-soluble material for lacy effects.

What do you use to create your original surface before embellishing it?
Tiny scraps of quilting fabrics come together with machine free-motion stitching onto a base of cotton canvas (duck), or I sometimes needle-felt by machine to create a textured base for hand-embroidery.

Kirsten Chursinoff

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 2014

My boys have been keeping me busy, but I do have a few things to say.

My website address now redirects here to this blog. I can update everything on this page myself, so things are easier this way. I wasn't getting a chance to update over there.

Also, I'm now on Instagram and I'm finding it fun and easy to use for moms on the go! See here:
http://instagram.com/kirsten_chursinoffor search for my name kirsten_chursinoff

I'm still using Flickr for my images too, so if you don't use Instagram you can always view my images there:

Also, if you'd like to connect on Facebook I have an artist page so look for me as Kirsten Chursinoff, Textile Artist, and you can like the page. For now, I approve friend requests on my personal page for people that I actually know, so liking my Artist page is the best way.

The Maiwa Textile Symposium is happening now in Vancouver so take a peek:
Lectures and Workshops for lovers of all kinds of textile art.

I still have a studio, but it's buried right now.

Reworking this one a bit! Wishing I had more time for art. Autumn is such a great time for inspiration.

Snacking at Lost Lagoon

Bye for now

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine

Life is busy with two little boys, so it's nice to have a little something to talk about. My Meadowsweet piece made a small appearance in the May/June 2014 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine. Please ignore the typo. Unfortunately my name is misspelled!

Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine May/June 2014
My piece and short blurb (name misspelled)
Meadowsweet, 2010, Kirsten Chursinoff
In 2010 I wrote:
I tried something new with the Meadowsweet.  I made my usual background out of a hundred or so scrap pieces, but then I added colour with Jacquard Textile paints.  I painted after most of the stitching was complete. You can see the glowing effect around the blossoms.  I darkened the area just outside of the stitched blossoms.

French knots (in my loopy and loose way), appliqué, free-motion, couching.

The plant does have red stems, which are fun and rather vein-like.

5” x 6 ½"
12.5 x 16.5 cm

12" x 15" framed
30.5 x 38.5 cm framed