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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.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Emmeline" purple mohair knitted cardigan finished

Well, finished except for sewing on the buttons. I started this cardigan in October and finished it this evening. Here it is blocking on the kitchen counter.


It seemed huge while I was knitting it, but when I try it on it is just a nice size to go over an underlayer. If anything, the sleeves are a tad short, but that is okay as a long sleeve t-shirt sleeve can fit nicely underneath.

Update: After blocking it fit perfectly. Here I am modelling the sweater on Christmas Day.


The yarn that was gifted to me by a 90 year old friend of a friend probably dates back to the 1960's, and it reminds me of The Purple People Eater, a silly song from those days.

It will be a cuddly sweater to wear around the house on cold days, and I might even show it in public, judicially - like maybe to the quilting group. Not, I don't think, to the young folks in my art class.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Last painting class for the term

Today was the last class and final painting critique of Fine Arts 120 at North Island College, the Tuesday afternoon class with instructor Elizabeth Russell.

I painted a triptych, an homage to Leonard Cohen, based on the refrain from his song/poem Anthem, "There is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in".











Community quilts

The Denman Island Quilters regularly make quilts for members of the community who have contributed to the life of the island.
Allison has been teaching yoga for years, but is retiring at the end of 2016. This quilt was pieced by several of the quilters, and a third member was doing the machine quilting, until her husband had to go into hospital. I agreed to finish up the quilting, and now it is off to be bound by yet another member of the guild.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Last painting class assignment for this term

I have been working hard on my final Independent painting, worth 20% of our course mark. The critique is on Tuesday. I have not shown any process photos because I prefer to keep it all to myself until the finished work of art is presented to the class. Next week I will post some pics and the process of making the piece.

In the meantime, I have been working on homework related to colour theory. The previous week was simultaneous colour contrast, where I painted a landscape image with the complimentary hues of blue and orange, mixed neutrals, then removed the blue from the palette and substituted blue-green, an analogous colour to blue. I did not take a photo of that.

This past week's assignment was contrast of extension. See http://www.utdallas.edu/~melacy/pages/2D_Design/Itten_ColorContrasts/IttenColorContrasts.html .