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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dragonfly Flight finds a home

Dragonfly Flight was a piece that I made for The Colour of Water art show at the Denman Island Summer Gallery in July 2016.

When Vicky moved into her now house in Courtenay in September, I gave it to her as a house warming gift.

It looks so nice in her office in her new house.

The photo came to me on a text message, so the image quality is not great.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rust dyed fabric

The rust dyeing was an interesting exercise. I have begun hand stitching one of the small pieces using a wool batting and a commercial cotton backing.

I added some stamped images using acrylic paint.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Beading on photos


These are photos that I took with my smartphone. I uploaded them in Photos on my Imac desktop computer, edited and tweaked the colour saturation, highlights, etc.
Next, I layered the photos on grey felt and free motion stitched with the sewing machine. The edges are satin stitched.
Next I glued the pieces to stretched canvases that had three coats of acrylic paint in cobalt blue. The final step is to add beads along the edges, see in progress along the lefthand edge in the photo above.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Rust dyeing at the LeBaron studio

Five of us from the Denman Quilters group spent a morning at Bentley LeBaron's studio learning about rust dyeing from Danni Crenna.

Danni kindly allowed us to use items from her wonderful collection of rusty objects.
Bentley came to turn on the lights and work inside the studio just as we were finishing.



Jane, on the left, wore an appropriate t-shirt, Danni on the right, was our teacher.