National Theatre Textile Commission created at WSA

Athens born and London based artist trained at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art specialising in woven textiles. Her practice touches on the boundaries of craft, art and design and involves developing textile works through commissions and interdisciplinary collaborations.

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Ismini has just completed the textile works for the new mezzannine restaurant at the National Theatre on the London Southbank. Working closely with Haworth Tomkins architects and the NT Futures team the pieces have a site specific theme and attempt to ‘weave the history of the NT’.

Ismini Samanidou_2

The 14 panel installation was designed working with archives from maps, architectural plans, drawings and photographs of the building. To celebrate the people behind the scenes who make the National Theatre the ‘largest factory in London’ I collected their fingerprint marks and developed them into golden textile patterns. The work was woven on a computerised jacquard loom at Winchester School of Art using cotton, linen, silk and metallic threads. The works will be installed in July 2014.