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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, February 22, 2016

Two art quilts under construction: "Ocean Currents" and "Sea View"

Today I worked on two art quilts: that is, one large quilt and one small wall hanging.

The larger quilt is tentatively titled "Ocean Currents" and is a bargello style pieced panel. I finished the piecing today, and now I have to decide how to proceed. I tried a vertical view, from both ends, to see if it looked like a waterfall, but I still think that ocean currents is the best representational interpretation.

The wall hanging will feature machine and hand embroidery. I also want to use some of the perspective techniques that I have learned in art class.

This is my planning sketch for the embroidered wall hanging.
The fabrics are pieced with curved seams, and

the sand area of the beach is machine
The machine embroidery is 

complete, and I have thread
traced the tree shape for
hand embroidery.

Detail of thread tracing.
Detail of machine embroidery.

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