Thursday 3 August 2023

Royal West of England Academy OPEN 2022

 'Un-natural Selection' was accepted in the RWA last year.

Proudly standing near it.

'TRANSFORMATIONS' at the Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis, May 2023

 'Transformations' was a recent successful exhibition with painter, Pauline Lerry at the beautiful Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis, Dorset. 

Inspired by the changing landscape we showed a collection of paintings and textiles we called 'Transformations'. I was particularly inspired by the textural undulations of the natural surfaces along this coastline, and fascinated by the contribution to natural science of Mary Anning who is commemorated in this statue on the coastal path.

'Coastal Path' Sian Martin

Pauline and Sian with some of Pauline's paintings behind.

A few panoramic gallery photos. 

Finally, a few close-up details - 

'Tailored' finished

 'This piece was shown with the 62 Group at Sunny Bank Mills in 2023 in their exhibition 'Tailored'.


Siân Martin was inspired by reading the story of June who started as a ‘burler and mender’ at Sunny Banks Mill which was written in the same year as the artist’s own birth, so an immediate connection was made. The archive diary says that  June’s job was to pull up knots – burling – every day for ten hours for £2 per week.

Although a labour of love and not a laborious task, unlike the labours of June, when learning the skills of dress-making as a child, Siân remembers being intrigued by the way a few tailor’s tack stitches could be used to accurately transfer the markings of a simple construction shape such as a tuck, through more than one layer of fabric. She remembers the magic of seeing how the stitches left their marks on the underneath when the layers were gently eased apart.

This piece – ‘Process’ celebrates the traditional dressmaking skills specifically devised to accurately mark layers of fabric – a vital stage in the process of being able to create a 3D sculpted fabric surface such as a garment from a flat 2D fabric surface.

Repetitive and rhythmical stitching in ‘Process’ celebrate this stage in the process of making a tailored garment.