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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.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Slippers! another WIP completed

I worked all summer on fibre art and quilting and hardly looked at my knitting. The other day I had a reconnoitre and was astounded at all the knitting works-in-progress that were languishing in various bags and baskets. Yikes, some of them I could hardly remember.
And then it started to rain and rain, and it is now coldish and definitely autumn. Luckily, one of the wip was a pair of almost finished slippers. So ta da, today I finished them. Nice and snuggy.

Working on my wearable art piece: "Shoreline"

I will be using this Folkwear pattern #118, Tibetan Panel Coat, for my shell patterned vest to go over the dress.

The pics below show the muslin panels stamped with rubber stamps and black StazOn ink in shell patterns.

The plan is to make a dress and long vest from seashore type fabrics and add appropriate ornamentation. I am calling the piece "Shoreline ".

Folkwear #107: Afghani Nomad Dress. I had a lot of trouble with sizing, so I remade the bodice once. Luckily it is a loose fitting, unstructured garment, so no matter.

Detail of the bodice. I will add more ornamentation later.

Detail of the bodice back, still awaiting more embellishment.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wearable art, aka a dress with lots of embellishments

What have I been doing? Well, I went to Canmore with my old school friends for a weekend of shopping, eating and just being together. Then I came home for 3 days before heading off for another weekend in San Francisco visiting J.'s twin sister. While in SF I went to the Kinokuniya bookstore (that was fun, taking buses all over the city in the rain - getting lost on public transit is absolutely the best way to see a city) and treated myself to some wonderful Japanese craft books: Applemints Girls Style, crochet cuties;
Lacework mini-doily, more crochet;
Patchwork Tsushin Number 176 October 2013 magazine, and two books of making little stuffed figures - which given that the instructions are only in Japanese might be beyond my ken. The crochet books use international schematics and are a joy to work with.

Before and after my vacations, I worked on hand quilting a quilt with #8 perle cotton. I was asked to collaborate on a quilt with two other quilters - what an honour! I did not think that I should post a picture until the quilt is bound and on show at a local gallery.

Now I am busy working away on my wearable art piece for the Creative Threads Conspiracy Wearable Art Fashion Show to be held on the evening of October 26, "A special feature this year will be the wearable art fashion show which be the free entertainment to accompany Saturday night's dinner. This promises to be unforgettable!  Costumes are made of whatever the creator fancies and are all distinctly unique."

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Local food

Time for a break from all that sewing and quilting, and time to talk about food!
After a dark and rainy start to the day (which did not stop my neighbour and myself from our morning hour-long walk in the woods) the afternoon was golden and glorious. I picked some Gravenstein apples from a generous neighbour, and made deep dish apple pie. I went down to the Arts Centre to pick up my art pieces from the end of the last art show of the summer. It has been a magical summer of art for me.
Then JM and I finally took the canoe out for the first time this summer. With a high tide and calm water we had a magical paddle out over Denman Point and back.
Once back at home we opened a bottle of Grey Monk Pinot Gris (my absolute favourite white wine), I put some Italian sausages in the oven, and made zucchini fritters and tomato salad with feta cheese and my own basil. We finished with the apple pie and ice cream. Sigh . . .

Zucchini fritters

Deep dish apple pie

Local field grown tomatoes

Monday, September 2, 2013

More cushions from scraps

Whew, I have used up all my cushion forms, if not all my scraps. And I am getting pretty good at doing piping! It all takes practice, and these cushions have been good for that.

Some leftover hand pieced nine-patch blocks form the centre panel.

The back of the cushion.

More leftover hand pieced nine-patches for the centre panel.

Detail of the machine quilting.

Back of the cushion.

The centre panel is a scrap of printed fabric that I picked up at "trading day" at our quilting group.

Back of the cushion.

Green cushion

Using up scraps. I pieced a number of cushion tops from scraps, and used up leftover batting pieces zigzagged together. This green cushion is the first one completed.

Cushion front, pieced with strips of Seminole and Osnaburg.

The cushion back, pieced with handwoven Sri Lankan cotton, from Pat M.