Saturday, 28 July 2012

Moving pictures

This exhibition of weaving by Ismini Samanidou at the Crafts Study centre contains some beautiful pieces. She is interested in observing time and place, and her recent work seems to involve taking photos to record fragments of places such as crumbling walls, peeling paint and clouds and then reconstructing the surfaces on woven textiles. For students of weaving there is a wealth of information here: there are mood boards, photos, work in progress and numerous samples showing how she works and where her inspiration comes from. However, I was just impressed by the beauty of the hangings. My favourite was Momijigari, a piece she made in response to visiting the maple tree gardens in Kyoto. There were so many layers and shadows and hints of trees and leaves held within it that it seemed to have captured the essence of the trees themselves – just beautiful.

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