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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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blue reading

The book on the chair is The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Haiku: Denman Island Spring

Scoters on the sea
Herring spawn on the beach
Gulls frenzied feeding

Big leaf maple blossoms
Hummingbird hovering near
Sudden iridescent flash

Red eyed towhee
Scratching in the leaf litter
Sudden squawking sound

Mist on the mountains
Fresh snow touched by sunshine
A rainbow drops down

Unrestrained apple
Branches reaching to the sky
Pruning overdue

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I made pincushions (blue, natch) for my Painless Patchwork workshop students last Sunday morning. This one did not find a home ...
Here is a link to a pincushion tutorial. I filled my pc's with rice.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Painting the living room

JM is painting the living room. I am the assistant who does the taping. Isn't the tape a brilliant royal blue? The colour on the walls is so lovely. We have had it for 10 years and still love the way it changes from blue to grey to green depending on the weather, season and time of day. It is Benjamin Moore Collection eggshell alkyd enamel, Iced Marble #1578.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blue dinner party

The dishes are Mikasa, pattern long discontinued. The tablecloth and napkins are from Lands End many years ago, and are the best quality imaginable. They wash easily, never stain and do not need ironing. The salt shaker and pepper mill are by Peugeot (yes, the car maker) and are the best I have used. Candle sticks and candles from Ikea.
What is for dinner, you ask?
Answer: Roast pork, apple sauce made with apples from our trees, carrots and peas, buttermilk mashed potatoes, Riesling white wine, chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream. Recipe for butter cream: 1/3 cup water and 1 cup sugar boiled in small pan to 234 degrees. Pour slowly, beating all the while, over 2 eggs, beating until cold. Cream 1 and 1/2 cups unsalted butter and beat in the egg/sugar syrup mixture, beat in 4 ounces of melted unsweetened chocolate. Refrigerate until spreadable, then fill and spread on top of two cake rounds.