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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.

Friday, July 10, 2015

A VISDA visit to Salt Spring Island

Yesterday, on a very hot day, I made a road trip to Salt Spring Island for the summer potluck lunch meeting of the Vancouver Island branch (note that the website has not been updated since 2014) of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian branch of the Surface Design Association (I think that I got all the relationships right . . . ).
A small group, 8 of us, of the larger membership (20+?), met at a member's home and it was very nice to meet some folks and begin to understand how the organization works; very informally and unstructured, it appears.
The meetings are bimonthly during the year, usually in Duncan. Given the length of yesterday's journey, in that I left home at 7:40 to catch the 8 am ferry off Denman Island, and arrived home at 6:30 pm, all for a two hour lunch meeting from 12 to 2 pm, I realistically may not be able to make more than one or two meetings during the dark and rainy months of the year.
But it was a beautiful day to to be driving through stunning scenery, even though the days are still smokey from all the forest fires burning all over Western Canada - the photo below shows the red sunset through the smoke haze.

A red sunset through a smokey haze from forest fires.

Taken from the small ferry dock at Crofton that connects with Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island. Shows the deep water port serving Catalyst Paper.

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