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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, March 28, 2016

Studio work

Planning the paper pieced hexagons version of "Ocean Currents".

"Herring School" almost finished. I am adding silver and blue beads to the background. See detail below.


This paper piecing is with small 1" hexagons. I think it will be called "Reflecting Garden Pool". I stamped the insects with fabric paint, and now I will hand quilt with perle cotton.

This is my first experience with reverse applique´ and I love the technique and the effect. Here you see the basting, and on the left, the light grey inner circle has been applique´d to the dark centre. I prefer the smaller dark centre on the right. The imagery is raindrop circles on still water, tentative title "Raindrops on Pond Surface".

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