Creative Reuse

The Nicholson Whaling Collection has been used by numerous researchers for historical and scientific purposes, but some of our favorite interactions are with artists finding inspiration in whaling artifacts.

Screenshot of the Whale Guitar website

The Whale Guitar

For the past decade the Whale Guitar has been on a mission to raise awareness about threats facing whales and our oceans. Jen Long and her collaborators visited the Nicholson Collection in 2014 and found visual inspiration in the collection’s scrimshaw and logbooks.


Natalie Paris, Tomorrow Ye Will Get Your Pay

Natalie Paris is an an author, artist, and engineer, with a passion for writing science fiction. For the 2024 Creative Fellowship, they are writing the novel Tomorrow Ye Will Get Your Pay, about whaling and climate change.

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