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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, June 2, 2015

Wearable art challenge with my Comox sewing group

Last year I joined a group of women in Comox who each year sew a wearable art outfit. In 2014 we all made a version of the caftan Vogue 7335.
My caftan was called Dragonfly, and it went on to be part of the members' show at the Comox Vallery Art Gallery.

For 2015, we will meet on Wednesday, July 29 and have a fashion show with garments created to these guidelines:
1. Work with a theme as a starting point:  polka dots, stripes, plaid, animal print, lace, ethnic prints, floral, paisley.
2. We will make either a jacket or a coat to our liking, we choose our own pattern to work with.
3. The garment must include at least one recycled/used fabric on the theme subject. Any other fabrics should be mostly on theme but can have some complementary pieces that come from our existing stash, if at all possible. When looking at your finished garment, there should be no doubt about its ‘theme’.
4. There should be at least 3 embellishments beyond just the fabric choices. i.e.: piping, beading, stamping, embroidery, painting, etc.

The theme that I drew out of the hat is "ethnic". I love Folkwear Patterns, and serendipitously, I have a copy of the Chinese Jacket pattern #114, which I have not yet used.

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