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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.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thread painting on hand dyed fabric

I dyed this piece of cotton by painting on the dye, and although the colours were very intense when fresh, by the time the fabric dried the colours were much lighter. Then when I steamed the fabric to set the dye, some of it transferred within the fabric.
Although the final fabric look was not what I had originally envisaged, I decided to continue with thread painting. I took Leah Day's "Infinity Tree" quilting motif as my starting point.
I have done most of the stitching at this point, and it was not until I looked at these photos on my computer screen that I realized that the tree looks like a female figure. The unplanned images that appear in an art work - wow!
I think that I will run with this -why not? - and complete this piece as a "female spirit of the forest" kind of idea . . .

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