Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn – Meet the Artists

Textile artists and authors, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, have worked together for over 45 years. Their Rhythms & Reflections exhibition builds on their love of detailed hand and machine embroidered surfaces.

Join Jan and Jean, as they share the stitches and techniques that created the work.

Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn:  https://doubletrouble-ent.com/ 

Books by Jan and Jean: https://amzn.to/4bN0G3N 

Jan’s work is inspired by the ever-changing landscape of the Wetlands of Lefkada in Greece.

“The colours and organic growth patterns provided the initial fascination. Excitement followed by observations of the lush, overgrown variety of grasses, which offered layers of glorious textures yet still maintain the rhythms and constrictions of the tidal waterways. Intriguing light and atmospheric changes in early evening and after sundown have led to developing new focal points.” 

Work from the Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn exhibition
Work from the Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn exhibition

Jean’s work centres on the rhythms and cycles of the moon, and she reflects on how our ancestors viewed these phenomena as evidenced in cultural myths and legends.

“During lockdown, the phases of the moon embodied continuity and reassurance in an uncertain world and became the focus of her work. Moon mythology informed pieces such as ‘Wolf Moon’ and ‘Sturgeon Moon’, whereas other works were responses to night-time observations of atmospheric cloud framed moons.“

Work from the Jan and Jean's exhibition
Work from the Jan and Jean’s exhibition

Filmed at the Knitting & Stitching Show, London 2023.

For a more inspiration, please browse the ‘Meet the Artist’ collection on my YouTube Channel.

L’Merchie Frazier – Meet the Artist

L’Merchie Frazier is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who explores themes of Black identity in the Americas and beyond. Black and indigenous people have a shared history of over 500 years in unwritten, unrecognised and unacknowledged narratives about the spaces they occupy, physically, mentally and spiritually.  

Join L’Merchie as she shares the stories behind her work.

L’Merchie Frazier: https://lmerchiefrazier.org/

Story Quilt by L'Merchie Frazier
Story Quilt by L’Merchie Frazier

“The journey to establishing selfhood and importance that is manifest in today’s “call to action” is a trek of reclaiming the right to self-possession and ownership with elevated voice, story and space. Importantly, the direct action to embrace the right to exist, claim one’s own self-worth, beauty and love is a marked effort that fuels the move from insignificance to significance, to matter.”

This exhibition celebrates the Decade of African Descended People declared by the United Nations, 2015 to 2025. The LookBook quilts, The Quilted Chronicles series, participates in the restorative aesthetic to promote dialogue via an explorative historical lens, to reclaim the lives and legacies of Black and Brown people, children and their communities across centuries of memory, places and activism. 

Close up of a Story
Close up of a Story

L’Merchie’s quilts select moments to confront the impact of slavery and systemic racism.  

The inspiration to create these quilts is supported by archived threads of petitions, speeches, organisations, lawsuits, writings, media, witnessed violence and protests. The experience is documented from the kidnapping of Africans and their arrivals in 16th century, to the American Revolution, through the Civil War and the 13th Amendment in 1865, through the end of American Reconstruction, in a continuum to the 21st Century. 

Story Quilt by L'Merchie
Story Quilt by L’Merchie

Filmed at the Festival of Quilts 2023.

For a more inspiration, please browse the ‘Meet the Artist’ collection on my YouTube Channel.

Ekta Kaul – Meet the Artist

Ekta Kaul is an award-winning textile artist known for her embroidered maps. Her work is held in collections including Crafts Council, Liberty of London, the Gunnersbury Museum, and Chiswick Library to name a few. Her work is about making with meaning. It enables her to express herself through thread and fabric and to tell stories of place, history and belonging. Stitch connects Ekta to her Indian heritage, especially her mother and ancestors who embroidered. In this exhibition, artist Ekta Kaul explores her connection to place, duality of home, memory and identity through cloth and stitch.

Join Ekta, as she shares the stitches and stories behind her work.

Ekta Kaul: https://www.ektakaul.com/ 

Kantha: Sustainable Textiles and Mindful Making Book by Ekta Kaul: https://amzn.to/4bzk2sX

Hand embroidery by Ekta Kaul
Hand embroidery by Ekta Kaul
Map of London
Map of London

“I grew up in India surrounded by beautiful textiles. My mother was a prolific needlewoman, along with my grandmother who quilted. Together they instilled a love of textiles in me. As I grappled with the idea of home after I had moved away from India to the UK, embroidery became a way to access the memories and comfort of home and a connection to the women in my family.” Ekta.

In memory of her Grandmother
In memory of her Grandmother

Filmed at the Festival of Quilts 2023.

For a little more inspiration, please browse the ‘Meet the Artist’ collection on my YouTube Channel.