Friday, 14 December 2007

Season's Greeting - Mother and Child

Sian and Iris Martin, mother and child.
Wishing everyone, especially all my Distant Stitch students, the season's greetings.

I am currently preparing work for a group exhibition by the Practical Study Group ( called "Creative Dialogues". My 'dialogue' is with my mother who died a few years ago but who gave me my love of embroidery and all things to do with textiles and design. This exhibition will open at the Bankfield Gallery, Halifax, Yorkshire on March 8th 2008 (more details later).
Continuing the theme of 'mother and child' I've posted two examples of her many embroidered commissions for churches; a mother and child banner for St. Peter's Church, Llanelli South Wales. Also I thought you might like to see this embroidered frontal at Bangor cathedral (North Wales) which was designed and made by my mother. It's up-lifting and out-spreading shapes in the design incorporates the passions and hopes of the people of Wales.


  1. Fantastic Sian, you must be very proud to be continuing the family traditions and skills. I will look out for more details of the exhibition. Wishing you and your family a very happy christmas, and all good wishes for the new year.

  2. Thank you for sharing your mother’s exquisite embroidery talents with us. It is a joy to see these beautiful pieces.

    May your Christmas be merry and bright!

  3. Merry Christmas, Sian. Thank-you for sharing the wonderful work of your Mother's. The Altar cloth is fantastic. The Mother and Child is also a wonderful example of church embroidery. I love to see church banners, especialy when paraded in groups and they can look so different, even with the same subject. Mothers' Union banners are a fine example!
    Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  4. May the holiday season be peaceful and the new year happy and healthy. Thank you for sharing. Leanne

  5. You must be so very proud of your mother's achievements, Siân. Her work is exquisitely beautiful, I wish I could see it in person. And that you are following in her footsteps is wonderful too.

    I do hope you have a happy Christmas and New Year.

  6. Thank you for sharing this wonderful and so personal part of your life. How wonderful to have your mother's influence such a clear part of your life and work! All the best for a creative and busy year in 2008