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.
Took some buses over town to the Cactus Club Cafe at Broadway and Granville last evening. Despite the Friday night crowds it was a parade of politeness. A young man immediately gave me his seat on the first bus, everyone graciously made room for each other, the drivers asked folks to move towards the back in mild tones, the wheelchair rider was seamlessly accommodated, and most impressive of all - as riders exited by the rear door many called out "thanks", young and old, alternative and mainstream, it was the thing to do. What a lovely city Vancouver!