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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.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hand stitched pieces over the past few years

Surface Design Association membership

I just updated my member profile on the Surface Design Association website:


I added three new images of my textile work. I featured embroidery and beading.

Detail of beaded face from my soft sculpture "Dragonfly Dream".

Detail of "Circles" embroidered wall hanging.

"Denman Deer", 8 inch square hand embroidery on linen, original design of course!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Process of painting "The Wedding Reception"

My latest painting for FIN 221 at NIC was an acrylic painting on stretched canvas, approximately 3 feet square.

This is the painting at last week's class critique. It is on an easel, and I was not quite square to the canvas when I took the photo.

The original sketch from a quick Iphone pic taken at the wedding reception in October 2017, in London, England.
I set these glasses on the table at home so I could judge shadows from overhead lighting.
I used this photo from home as a reference for the glass of red wine in the centre of the painting.

A pencil sketch of a wine glass of water, done at home in preparation for the painting in order to understand the reflections on the glass from overhead lighting.
I had not sketched the flowers originally, so I made them up and used this photo as a reference for a yellow chrysanthemum.

Starting to paint the flower so it will be behind the wine glass.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Japanese folded patchwork = origami patchwork = orinuno finished and on display

My folded patchwork quilt has been in the making for several years.
Here is the link to its history  http://whenyouloveblue.blogspot.ca/2016/09/japanese-reversible-patchwork-2-by.html

I finished it the autumn of 2017, and in November put it up in the hallway of the local medical clinic on display,