Saturday, 12 March 2011

Greetings from Swansea on International Women's Day

It was a walk down memory lane for me on my recent visit to Swansea where I was born and brought up. Fellow 'Wonderful Welsh Women', besides my mother and myself of course, were actresses Catherine Zeta Jones and Joanna Page, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, para-athlete Tammy Grey-Thompson, authors, academics and other women of note. Their images, biographies and news clippings adorned the display boards. Iris Martin, my mother, was included for her contribution to the cultural life of Swansea and Wales in general with her design and embroidery teaching and work in churches, cathedrals and large public buildings. My work was included as 'daughter of Iris' and you can see a sample piece from 'Tread Softly' in the glass case behind me in this photo. It was lovely to meet up with Gwen Soomre (Distant Stitch student) and Jackie (ex Distant Stitch student) who came from Cardiff for the day to meet me; also Margaret, chair of the Swansea Embroiderers' Guild.
A bonus was a quick visit to the wonderful fresh produce Swansea Market to buy lava bread (seaweed) and Welsh cakes.


  1. What no cockles!!Glad you had a good day.

  2. It's lovely to see IWD being celebrated, particularly on its centenary.

    Best wishes

  3. Congratulations to you, Wonderful Welsh Woman!!