Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn


Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Jan and Jean are internationally known textile artists who lecture and teach in the UK and many overseas locations. They both exhibit their work and have been members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists for many years.

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Jan Beaney

JanJean3.jpgLandscape in all it forms has fascinated Jan for several decades. Fleeting changes of light and subtle nuances continually intrigue and challenge her to create work where elements have been simplified or exaggerated whilst still retaining its' entity. For the last few years, local fields have stimulated a series of work called Five Minutes from Home. These pieces reflect the changes of time of day, weather and seasons.

Australia, especially the Red Centre and Lake Mungo, has fuelled her passion for colour. Contrasting features of brilliant hues, heat and space alongside dark rich colours, as well as intimate and mysterious aspects have been totally absorbing.

JanJean1.jpgOver a period of time, various Greek islands have inspired work. The colour palette and textural surfaces are exciting and presenting these particular qualities continues to test Jan.

Her aim is to create a simple image which captures the essence of the place along with accumulated memories and emotions experienced at a particular time. Most of her recent work has been created using hand and machine stitching on soluble film to create a new cloth. In some instances this is further developed with more stitching, beading or the use of an embellishing machine to integrate certain aspects of the piece.

Jean Littlejohn

JanJean4.jpgJean's works reflect a continuing fascination with pathways and journeys, routines and rhythms and traditional patterns of worn carpets. Her surfaces describe echoes from the past, layers of life and experience and aspects of decay.

Some pieces look close to home for their inspiration and celebrate the beauty in humble things, an everyday journey to the shops, a walk across the park or a pathway to the station. Each day there will be small differences that hint at the lives of the people who use them. The worn surfaces of a zebra crossing have inspired a series of open lace-like pieces. The fragility of the works hint at the impermanence of human presence.

Recent pieces refer to a part of the Dorset coast that is slowly and surely eroding into the sea. As it does it reveals fossil forms that acknowledge ancient times. This has lead to the exploration of notions concerning revealing and concealing. The techniques and JanJean2.jpgmaterials vary depending on the inspiration for the work but they always involve stitch by hand and or machine and often the use of the needle punch machine to combine and integrate surfaces.

Having written several books independently, they formed Double Trouble Enterprises in 1997 to write books together promoting further interest in all forms of stitched textiles and design. More recently they have released a number of DVDs demonstrating a range of techniques, aspects of textile art and their love of stitch.

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