Ismini was born in Athens and trained in London at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She now lives and works on the South Coast of England. Her practice crosses the boundaries of art, craft and design with work developed for exhibitions, industry collaborations and site specific commissions. She works with weaving, drawing and photography. Her working methods utilise both digital technologies and traditional techniques and are led by an experimental approach to materials and processes.
Ismini has travelled and researched textile techniques worldwide and is principally interested in the way weaving exists as a common autonomous language crossing cultural and political boundaries.
Her work has been exhibited internationally with solo shows in the UK and US and group exhibitions at Espace De L'Art Concret in France, and the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art in China and can be found in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Recent work includes an invited residency at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation; weaving designs developed for Chris Farr Cloth and a large scale site specific textile installation in collaboration in London. She is currently an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins.
Ismini Samanidou's work is on display in the Artists House and Design House as part of 'The Most Real Thing: contemporary textiles and sculpture' at the New Art Centre from 15 September - 4 November 2018.