Jean Shearing (not what you think) — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Jean shearing

I’m sure this silly illo, ‘Jean Shearing’, comments on Ian’s need for K’rin, his partner, to shorten his jeans whenever he bought a new pair. Now threading a needle has become such a stressful activity, my partner and I visit a tailor to do the job for us (unless we just roll up our cuffs).

There was a time that jeans came in short, regular and long fits so I could find a pair that didn’t need adjustment but that seems to have gone the way of the dodo. Does anyone else have problems finding jeans that fit?

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a beloved award-winning artist based in Melbourne. Cancer took him from us too soon.

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations. Many of these illustrations are available for sale.

Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom: people consistently working in the background who never expect any recognition of their efforts. This commemorates Ian’s selfless efforts to reach out to others, encouraging others and thereby building the science fiction community.

K’rin Pender-Gunn, Ian’s widow, gave Dark Matter Zine permission to republish Ian’s artwork. Thanks, K’rin!