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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, May 11, 2015

Garden Tapestry wall hangings

I have been working on Interconnections in the studio during the day, and in the evening I sit on the sofa listening to audiobooks and embroidering on my Garden Tapestry hangings.

This is so long that I need to photograph it spread out along the floor.

I will enter one, or all three if I get them finished, to be juried for the Vancouver Island Surface Design show at the Portals Gallery in Duncan, British Columbia:

October 22 – November 10, 2015          Hours: 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday
Portals Gallery        Cowichan Valley Arts Council       Duncan
The show is designed so that all pieces will be hung closely together to create a garden wall 
tapestry. The selection of artwork will be based on how all the artwork shows together and reflects 
the theme. See jurors’ bios below. Up to 3 pieces may be submitted. Tryptychs will be considered as 
3 pieces. A maximum of 30 pieces will be accepted based on venue space. Artists’ work is 
anonymous during the jurying process to ensure impartiality and individual works are selected on 
their merits. There is no commission but there is a 3% charge for credit card sales.
Artwork must be original, completed since September 2014 and not previously shown in a VISDA 
show. All pieces must be for sale.
Submission Deadline:      June 30, 2015
Notification of Acceptance:   July 16, 2015 (Thursday)
Dimensions: All pieces must be 12” wide X 60” long or 12” wide X 72” long 
1" depth allowed for 3D effect

I took this work with me on vacation as well, so I got a lot of stitching done. I have finally finished the hand quilting in #12 perle cotton, in matching off-white colour, around all the images and appliqu├ęs and embroidered stems. Whew, a lot of hand quilting and that Kona PDF cotton, natural off-white on the front and hand dyed green on the back, with the 80/20 batting, was a challenge to stitch through. The basting is still in, and today I will press and bind and see if I have the energy (still really ill with my cold) so work on the other two hangings.

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