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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, April 17, 2016

Commissions and community art

I have made a bunny on commission for a customer,

and a tea cozy as a door prize for a community organization's annual general meeting, the Denman Community Land Trust Association. Of course the tea cozy is in the shape of a house.

I was inspired by the spring arrival of Pacific Chorus Frogs, Pseudacris regilla,  to make two items for the Denman Conservancy Association's Frog Festival. When I step out in the evening, the frogs' songs are really loud, coming from the wetlands at either end of our road. Such a beautiful special sound.
The small stuffed frog was made from scrap fabric that had already been pieced for another project, and the resulting effect is a happy accident.

I drew the embroidery design onto a piece of linen with a black Sharpie pen, using an image that I enlarged in black and white. I cut out the image, traced around it, then added a few internal detail lines, such as the eye and feet. I chose my embroidery threads and stitches as I went along, and I have to say that I am thrilled with the result. I wrapped the linen around a 11x14" canvas that I picked up from Michaels - the canvas is too poor quality to paint on, but fine for mounting fabric.

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