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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.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

And, drum roll, the Wearable Art Fashion Show!

On Saturday evening, as part of the Creative Threads Conspiracy weekend, we had the the Wearable Art Fashion Show!
What can I really say - you just had to be there. Our small island, with about 900 permanent residents, showed up in force. Of course there were a number of visitors who came for the fibre arts weekend, so not everyone was a local, but still, there must have been close to 300 people jammed into the Community Activity Centre, all lined up standing against the walls, as it was truly standing room only. I can only assume that the fire chief was not in attendance, but just about everyone else was.
We had a shambolic dress rehearsal at 4:30, then drooped around our make shift green room until 7:30, when we all perked up and put on our show. We had the ocean dressed in beach detritus, a lit-up octopus celebrating the local preschool, a Free Store outfit shimmying with cast off fishing lures, a multi-layered dress that kept shedding to reflect the four seasons, a giant pair of silk wings that swept up high on bamboo poles, many more, and then little old me: Autumn Leaves. I twirled and gyrated and stuck my leg in the air to show off my hand knit socks - all silly and so much fun!

Wearing my outfit, along with my headdress, my hand knit socks, and my branch with embroidered felt leaves.

My headdress, pinned up on my design wall, before the big show. A felt burrowing owl, downy woodpecker, two chickadees and a nest.

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