Textile Study Group

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Siân Martin

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And then the clouds cleared

Each person sees a different horizon from their own perspective and possesses it for themselves to shape our feelings of space and evoke past adventures.

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And then the clouds cleared detail

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Between me and the sky

Evoking the colours of a setting sun through multiples of small images developed from an interest in the rhythms in landscape and of environmental conservation.

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Between me and the sky detail

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Migration

Manipulated marks to suggest the movement of birds in flight

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Migration detail

Artist statement

I have been a maker of textile art since I graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic in 1972 with a BA Hons and MA in Embroidery. I exhibit with the 62 Group of Textile Artists, Stitch Textile Artists, as well as the Textile Study Group.

I am interested in finding ways to convey the idea of movement and layering in my textile pieces and am working on experimental ways of joining multiple shapes to create illusions of movement and sometimes actual movement.

I use cloth, paper and stitch to make textiles inspired by places and events within my home environment of Somerset and in particular the wetland areas. I started to include the use of locally grown willow and cane in my work. As well as the natural beauty of the landscape, my work makes connection to ideas of conservation.

I gained my Art Teachers Diploma from the University of Leicester after graduating from Birmingham and enjoys teaching and encouraging others to experiment and explore their ideas through textiles. I offer textile workshops and lectures to Embroiderers' Guild Branches and Textile Groups both in this country and abroad.

I initiated and am the director of 'Distant Stitch' which offers a range of online Courses in Embroidery and other textile topics.

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