Artist Residency: Mesh Loop Line

Earlier this year we were approached by three artist/makers who were searching for a creative space where they could come together and explore some collaborative work, escape their domestic commitments and focus on their creative practice to draw/make/discuss.

Ismini Samanidou, a textile artist and weaver who is based in Eastbourne, Jessie Higginson a printmaker and Katie Bunnell a ceramicist, who are both based at Grays Wharf studios in Penryn, Cornwall, had secured some Arts Council funding for a collaborative project in 2021 called ‘Mesh, Loop and Line’.

‘Mesh, Loop and Line’ is a project exploring ‘Line’, through material, process, and ideas, visually investigating the relationship between mind, hand and material. Their funding encompassed work development, an exhibition and some community workshops in Penryn, for people with dementia, where they will be working with a local organisation, The Sensory Trust to facilitate the dementia workshops.

After navigating the various restrictions put in place this past year, we were able to accommodate them all for a 3 day residency at Clayhill in May 2021. During their time here they were able to explore their work and develop ideas for the exhibition at Grays Wharf later this year.

Here are some of their works in progress from the residency:

images: Katie Bunnell – cane and wire weaving detail, mark-making collage. Jessie Higginson – cane and wool hanging. Ismini Samanidou – circles in the sky, spinning hedge plants. Katie Bunnell – cane and wire weaving. Ismini Samanidou – circles in the sky, film test

About the Makers

You can learn more about the makers below, follow #meshloopline for more WIP updates and visit the show when it opens at Grays Wharf later in the year.

Ismini Samanidou

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.

You can visit her website and follow her on instagram @isminisamanidou

image credit: Ismini Samanidou

Jessie Higginson

An artist and maker, based in Falmouth Cornwall Jessie has worked as a ceramicist, printmaker, designer, teacher and craft business advisor over the last 20 years. Now working from a studio at Grays Wharf, Penryn, her current practice encompasses screen-printing, painting and collage.

Jessie’s work is concerned with the abstract elements of spacial composition, texture, line and tonal colour, often referencing plant and landscape forms. Her work is process-led, and explores the rhythm of pattern, and the meditative nature of repetition. Through working with multiple layer printing, Jessie builds an abstract spatial dialogue, using line to define form and texture, overlaying image to create depth and balancing careful construction with a love of detail. Jessie makes small edition’s of screen-prints as well as working on unique prints and paintings within a series.

You can visit her website and follow her on instagram @jessiehigginsoncreative

image credit: Jessie Higginson

Katie Bunnell

A designer, maker, trained researcher and creative practitioner who combines digital and physical processes in the production of ceramic art and design. Katie is committed to supporting and developing ceramic making practices locally, nationally and internationally and is currently working as curator for the Whitegold Project in St Austell where she is responsible for delivering the Whitegold International Ceramics Prize and Brickfield, a community brickworks in a disused China clay pit.

Katie’s work has involved collaboration with programmers, technology developers, design historians, cultural geographers and many other creative thinkers and doers. Working out of her studio at Grays Wharf in Penryn, Cornwall, Katie exhibits her work nationally and internationally.

You can visit her website and follow her on instagram @_katiebunnell_

image credit: Bobi @littlebohome


Supporting Creative Development 

One of the many things we aim to do here at Clayhill is support the development of artists and makers at the various different stages of their working practice. We understand the importance of having time and space to reflect, be that in progress or ‘complete’ and because of this, we recorded a conversation with Ismini, Jessie and Katie for our In The Studio Podcast series to explore these themes. In the episode we discuss their time on residency as well as the work that is in currently in development, ahead of their exhibition later in the year. You can listen to the episode below:

Do you have your own project in mind that you need some space and time away for?

It is possible to hire Clayhill Arts for a self-directed residency outside of our main course programme. We can accommodate up to 16 people, across our 8 en-suite bedrooms. 4 of these can be made into twin rooms, 4 are double only. We can let these rooms on an individual basis, or by a group, catered or self-catered, depending on your requirements. If this sounds like something you would like to explore then please get in touch via email:


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