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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

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

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

See you there!

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

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.



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.

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!
See also:
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for more events

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
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!