Contemporary Fiber Artists - Beaney & Littlejohn - DVD - 96 min
by Graham Eccles and Val Burnett
Featured individually in this series working on a theme of 'Five Minutes from Home,' these diversely talented makers are now celebrated in this special edition video, producing new work for their exhibition Seeing Double. This film demonstrates their very different responses to the contrasting features, rich colors, heat and space of Australia, especially the Red Center and Lake Mungo. The color palette and textural surfaces of Greek islands as well those closer to home also continue to excite them and inform their work; Jan Beaney celebrates the red interior of Australia and the contrasting sharp greens of new growth in relation also to burned trees and rocks in incredible sketchbook studies of different light conditions. She then captures the essence of these landscapes in vibrant, richly detailed hand and machine embroidered cloths. Jean Littlejohn takes her pavement walks into a new dimension of lace-like panels, lustrous hangings, strips and detailed braids, many based on her travels further afield. They may display more exotic colors and textures but are still grounded in rhythms and patterns that are universal. DVD, 'Contemporary Fiber Artists Special Maker Profile: Seeing Double Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn' by Graham Eccles and Val Burnett, running time is about 96 min.