|Grey Whale, 2019, Kirsten Chursinoff (embroidery, fabric art)|
I've embroidered the tiniest flowers and now I'm embroidering the largest animals. The embroidered whales are taking up a big space in my brain right now. The blue and grey colours are soothing to stitch with, and all the small stitches add up to a big picture.
Several of my scheduled events were cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19. The exhibition of the whale pieces will have to wait, but the stitching will continue.
Growing up on the West Coast of Canada has influenced my textile art. I've never boarded a whale watching ship, but I've visited some very special coastal areas. For most of my life, the Vancouver Aquarium displayed whales: orcas and belugas. They can no longer do this and I understand some of the issues about whales in captivity. It did bring me close to the great marine mammals, and I'm honoured to have had the experience.
This Grey Whale is hand-embroidered on fabric. Some yarns have been sewn to the surface to make waves as the water parts to expose the breaching whale. French knots are used to depict the barnacles and other texture of the whale skin. The baleen is embroidered using satin stitch.