Our series ‘6 Of The Best!’ British Weavers continues with Ismini Samanidou. We know that many of our customers are as passionate about weaving as we are here in the Margo Selby Studio and we are celebrating this.
Athens born 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 exhibition. Ismini has travelled and researched textile techniques worldwide and is principally interested in the way weaving exists as an autonomous language crossing cultural and political boundaries.
Her work has been exhibited internationally with solo shows in the UK and USA. Recent work includes a large scale site specific commission of textile panels for the National Theatre in London, an invited residency at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, and weavings exhibited at Espace De L’Art Concret in France, and the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art in China. Work is held in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Crafts Council. Ismini has lectured internationally including the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, Textile Kultur Haslach in Austria and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina USA.