Athens born and London based artist Ismini Samanidou trained at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. Her practice touches on the boundaries of craft, art and design with work developed for site specific commissions, industry collaborations and unique pieces for exhibitions.
Her work has been shown internationally with solo shows in the UK and USA and she has just completed an invited residency at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, USA. Ismini’s textiles are held in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
When it comes to textile innovation, award-winning Samanidou is one of the first names that comes to mind. The new designs she creates are as sustainable as they are exciting. ‘I am intrigued by the possibilities that result when craft and digital technologies are combined,’ Samanidou says. ‘They often result in works that are made without wasting resources, and are fabricated more efficiently, making them last longer.’
“My making language is developed through weave; Weaving combines a certainty, a methodology of process and mathematical logic, but at the same time it retains a sense of magic, allowing me to construct an entirely new surface out of loose threads.”
“I am fascinated by the way in which woven textiles can extend historical and geographical boundaries and remain a common language and means of expression. I am interested in traditional textiles from different cultures and the stories that are hidden within them.”
Catch Ismini in conversation with Michal Silver about the collaboration in the film section of our website