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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, August 27, 2013

Current projects

It has been a week of finishing up works in progress.

I had started some fabric baskets before my art show, and finished them up today. The pattern is Gathered Round Basket, from A Spoonful of Sugar Designs.

Linen interiors. Hand quilted with #8 perle cotton.

I was asked to make some more stamped table runners, so have been working on several of those.

I took all my scraps from "It All Comes From the Sun" and made random 4 1/2 inch squares for an as yet undetermined scrap quilt project.

 Lastly, I found a small group of triangles from a fabric exchange, and put them together for a table mat.

Yesterday Ellen helped me to sandwich and baste the Seminole quilt from Carol Piercy's class at our quilt meeting in May (no pictures of that yet - Iwill wait until I get it machine quilted).

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dress for granddaughter's third birthday

I made this in size 4, at the request of my daughter-in-law. She pointed out that summer is at its end in Calgary, so it is best if the dress can be worn next summer.

Butterick B5877 in size 4.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Latest art show

The Denman Island Sustainability Festival began with a group art show opening on Thursday August 25th. I have three quilted wall hangings in the show: It All Comes From the Sun, and Garden Wings #1 and Garden Wings #2.

It All Comes From the Sun
It All Comes From the Sun detail

It All Comes From the Sun detail
Garden Wings
Garden Wings detail

Garden Wings detail

Garden Wings detail

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Art show is on now - what a rush

Photos from our art show at the Denman Island Arts Centre.

Land, Sand, Sea and Sky: Textural Responses to Nature. Jean Cockburn and Pelka Wilstshire.
Pelka and me on opening night - we are so very happy and excited.
Jean explaining her art. 
Pelka's turn to talk.
The crowd. And it was crowded. We were thrilled to see so many people at the opening reception.

Jean's "Spring Lily Pads"
Jean's beach scenes.
Pelka's copper leaves.
Pelka's moss, pears, tree.
Pelka's pieces.
Jean's two full size quilts: "Midsummer Garden" and "Where the Ocean Meets the Shore"
Pelka's landscapes
Jean's "Where the Ocean Meets the Shore"

Jean's lily pads, "Red Leafed Roses", and Denman Point at Low Tide corner with table mats and crochet covered rocks.

Jean's "Denman Point at Low Tide" display
Pelka's corner with her "Faerie Bowls"

Jean's "Scott Bay" series: "Early Morning", "Mid-day". "Sunset"
Jean's "Mahonia Berries" series
Jean's "Dragonfly Summer" queen size quilt
Well, here we are! All the planning and creating and the big event has arrived. On Thursday, July 25, Pelka Wiltshire and I had the opening reception for our textile art show at the Denman Island Summer Art Gallery.
Land, Sand, Sea and Sky: Textural Responses to Nature was well attended by lots of local folks. Pelka and I were thrilled to see so many people there. We received lots of nice comments, and have sold a few pieces each, mostly to friends and family. It will be interesting to see if over the long weekend, the show runs July 26 to August 6, any strangers buy some of the art works.

Working on another pair of wall hangings

I really like working on two or three of the same idea at one time, at least when I am making art pieces. I do not have a name for these yet - Welcome to the Garden? , Birds, Bees and Blossoms?, Togetherness?, Reciprocity?, Living Together? I want to express the idea of flowers, birds and insects all interdependent in a garden.
Applique and embellishments all done, and the machine quilting on the background.



More art quilts

After the success of my joint art show at the local gallery (most successful show EVER at that wee gallery, in terms of visitors and sales - yowza) I cannot seem to stop. Which I think is a good thing. A "real" artist told me after the show, to keep making art, for the joy of doing it, not necessarily for an upcoming show. However, I work best with structure and timelines. Hence, I am making some pieces for the upcoming final show of the season at the Arts Denman Summer Gallery. It is called Sustainable Feast, and is part of the 2013 Summer Sustainability Festival.

"It All Comes From the Sun" wall hanging.