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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, 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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Painting homework

I had a great day in the studio working on my homework for my Fine Arts class.

I created large abstract sheets in black, white and shades of grey. Then I cut up those sheets and made two collages.

First collage on white paper made with rectangular pieces from each of the 3 abstract sheets.
Detail from the first collage.
Detail from the first collage.
Detail from the first collage.
Second collage on black sheet, this time using organic shapes.
Detail from the second collage. 
Detail from the second collage.
Finally, I worked on creating my grey scale paint chips. Lots of fun mixing all those shades of grey, and seeing how acrylic dries darker that it appears when wet. Very interesting medium to work with!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stitched photographs

At the summer art show, the three stitched, beaded and mounted photographs that I created all sold. Interesting! In a way they were afterthought pieces, but obviously they appealed to folks. I have decided to make some more, and see if I can sell them through the Denman Island Craft Shop.

Here are the digitally altered photos, printed on my inkjet printer on matte photo paper, backed with grey felt, and free motion stitched on the sewing machine. The edges are satin stitched with rayon thread.

The stretched canvases have been painted with blue acrylic paint. I want to make sure that they are truly dry before I mount the photos with beads around the edges of each stitched photo.