Monday, 25 February 2008

Creative Dialogues

General view of one of the galleries at the Bankfield Museum showing the design and embroidery 'creative dialogue' between Sian and Iris Martin. The photo below shows Iris' painting of 'The Cockle Gatherer' and machine embroideries 'Plant Studies'.

Mother and Child designs and eccesiastical embroidery portfolio by Iris Martin in glass cabinet at Bankfield Museum.

A busy spring (and therefore no time to add to blog, sorry) to build up work for an exhibition 'Creative Dialogues' with the Practical Study Group. This will be a touring exhibition, starting in the Bankfield Museum, Halifax then travelling to Walsall, Taunton, Peebles and Portsmouth over the next year or so. Hopefully this will give you an opportunity to see it. I've posted the invite to the Bankfield Museum and will put more detailed information on this blog as each venue date comes nearer.

My own contribution illustrates my 'dialogue' with my mother, Iris Martin. Design and embroidery pieces by both of us showing a close link in the sources of our ideas, although using very different ways of conveying them. I hope you'll find this interesting. The whole exhibition looks wonderful and there's a super full colour catalogue to collect as well as postcards.


  1. I look forward to seeing the exhibition when it gets further south. What a lovely way of remembering your mother. I hope the exhibition opening goes well.

  2. Good Luck with the exhibition, hoping to catch it on it's travels.

  3. I visited this exhibition at Bankfield last weekend and was lucky enough to get a ticket for the talk by Alison King and Sarah Burgess. They showed everyone around the exhibition and talked about various collaborations. Sarah selected Sian's work and talked at length about the 'Creative Dialogue' Sian had with her mother. The exhibition is well worth visiting and is very inspiring! (More on that later ...)

    Sian, I particularly enjoyed your piece, "To Warm the Cockles of Your Heart" - fabulous!

  4. really intersested that you are having creative dialogues with your mother sian. i am exploring this issue of motherhood and identity and have just set up my own blog. have an exhibition in december at bilston with another mother and artist rachel grant on this topic. any insights you have would be gratefully recieved. and i loved your honesty on the thrill of getting comments i feel just the same!! xx