Double Vision: Personal Approaches to Work • Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn
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Jan and Jean talk about how to select a theme, difficulties in starting new work, and the use of diaries and notebooks to develop your work.
- 28 pages of full color illustrations
- Online Reader + PDF Download
- First published by Double Trouble Enterprises 2002
- ISBN No. 0-9531750-9-X
In general my work is based on my observations and memories, returning to much loved themes triggered by new experiences and environments. – Jan Beaney
How to begin a piece of work is difficult for most of us. Each has to find their own paths. In this book we explore our separate pathways, challenges and obstacles on the avenue towards a resolved body of work. Some of these experiences might echo your own thoughts or support and even reassure you when undergoing the crisis of confidence that accompany the creative process in every field. It happens to us all and often a second opinion or fresh pair of eyes helps.
Textiles is a huge area and full of wonderful diversions so if anything really satisfying is to be achieved then focus is the only way. Themes afford the opportunity for exploring a range of ideas over a series so that the experience gained in one piece of work can be carried forward to the next and developed further.
If asked what gives me most professional pleasure then working in my own time and space on ideas that really excite me is invariably the answer. – Jean Littlejohn
Most people find that all pieces in a series are not equally successful and sometimes it is possible to overwork a series. It is often best to stop when the next idea is a struggle rather than a passion. Our basic approach is initially based on observation combined with personal experience of the subject so anecdote and historical perspective play a part. By working in sequence we build on these experiences and hopefully explore deeper.
We hope that these genuine reflections of our pathways echo your own thoughts and personal experiences. Whether a series will succeed or not is obviously important but a major part of the excitement is the pathway and exploration along the way so we hope you will view these very personal accounts with this much in mind.
Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn • About the Authors
Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are internationally acclaimed textiles artists, authors and educators. For more than forty years the duo know as “Double Trouble Enterprises” has been challenging traditional notions of embroidery and stitch by working with soluble fabrics, mixed media, bonding, printing, embellishing and collage and extensive use of color development and journaling to great success. Founding members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, featured instructors at Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts, City & Guilds (London), Fellows of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (UK) and Presidents emeritus of the Embroiderers’ Guild (UK), Jan and Jean continue their work in inspiring stitch artists of all ages with print books, digital books, and a wide range of DVDs and streaming workshops.
Learn more about Jan and Jean in their interview with TextileArtist.org
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