Cotton, linen, silk, paper, metallic thread
These textiles were originally created for the 2008 Stroud International Textile Festival. This annual event encourages debate and discussion around contemporary textiles, and showcases innovative new work and practice. Samanidou worked with water as a theme, in light of its historical importance in the area’s textile mills.
Abstract and photographic imagery was manipulated in specialist weave software and developed into thread constructions to create the final fabric. The pieces were woven on a computerised jacquard-loom, using a variety
of yarns to add shimmer.
Athens born Ismini Samanidou trained at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art specialising in woven textiles. Her practice involves designing and making textiles for exhibitions, commissions and collaborations focusing on the use of digital technologies and craft making. Samanidou has travelled and researched textile techniques worldwide, most recently spending nine weeks in Bangladesh as an artist in residence with the British Council New Silk Road project. She is the recipient of the Next Move residency and the Crafts Council Development Award and in 2009 was jointly awarded the Jerwood Contemporary Makers award for a large scale textile installation.