Fisherman #Tessellations

For someone that doesn’t go out fishing, I’ve done quite a few tessellations on the topic. I made a quick inventory, and it raises my eyebrows. Maybe I terribly appreciate those that go out there fishing for me. Mmmmm, salmon, smoked salmon! Halibut. Shrimp. Bro should move out here and be my supplier eh?

Nuu-Chah-Nulth whaler tessellation : While spending time with Qwaya Sam, carving the totem pole at VIU, Vancouver Island University, he told me stories about his previous life, as a fisherman off the coast. He also told me that his ancestors were the only tribe that went of hunting for whales. The third figure on the pole we carved was a Nuu-Chah-Nulth whaler.

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Machete Wielding Whaler tessellation

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Machete Wielding Whaler tessellation

 

VIU totem pole

Totem pole at Vancouver Island University, the Whaler is just above my head, holding a traditional harpoon.


Salmon tessellation : Free flowing around a drop of water, this tessellation was built using symmetry system P3. The salmon fishery is definitely an important local industry.

Salmon tessellation by Francine Champagne ©2016

Salmon tessellation by Francine Champagne ©2016

Salmon tessellation by Francine Champagne ©2016

Salmon tessellation by Francine Champagne ©2016


Have you seen the Size of his Crabs? All these reality shows about crab fishers off the northern Pacific coast. Sort of stays in your mind. Funny one in this case.

Have You Seen the Size of His Crabs? Variation on the theme, ©2018 F.Champagne

Have You Seen the Size of His Crabs? Variation on the theme, ©2018 F.Champagne

Have You Seen the Size of his Crabs? tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2017

Have You Seen the Size of his Crabs?


Fish Stories : Legends created at the shoreline, stories about the one that got away. The more the story is told, the larger the fish gets. It would be cool to have a shirt with a measuring tape printed from one sleeve to the other.

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Fish Stories tessellation

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Fish Stories tessellation


Ocean Spray Surf : Beautiful crashing waves releasing droplets. Forever to the horizon.

Ocean Spray Surf tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2013 symétruc d'embrun de mer
Ocean Spray Surf tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2013 symétruc d’embrun de mer
Ocean Spray Surf tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2013 symétruc d'embrun de mer
Ocean Spray Surf tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2013 symétruc d’embrun de mer

Carved Salmon Cascade : This was a test piece to do a transformation style tessellation and carve it at the back of the VIU totem pole. The top would have started as the braid behind the whaler’s head — to then transform into a Sisiutl, a double-headed sea serpent — and into a cascade of salmon. There is also the one token rabbit, as they do overrun the campus at VIU.

Carved tessellation transformation from Braid to Sisiutl to Salmon

Carved tessellation transformation from Braid to Sisiutl to Salmon


What inspired this post? A new tessellation artist : Hidekazu Nomura and one of his superb tessellations of a Japanese fisherman. You can see his artwork on his Instagram page.

Hidekazu Nomura tessellation

Find Hidekazu Nomura on Instagram @hidekazu3448

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