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Helga Matos

Woven Textiles 







I'm a woven textile designer interested in innovative approaches in the use and creation of materials, techniques and concepts. At university I specialised in woven textiles and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008. I am passionate about making fabric and building surfaces with beautiful materials. The projects I have worked on in recent years have allowed me to introduce other techniques into my woven work to express my ideas and concepts. Some of my favourite recent experiments have been the use of a 3D pen using beer, coffee and mussel PLA filaments to make vases and bowls. It has also been great to learn basketry techniques and use it as a way of weaving in a different dimension. Photography and film are important tools I use within my practice and although I mostly make work on my own I enjoy and value working with other artists, designers, scientists and engineers, in collaborative projects to develop concepts or products. 

I was born in Brazil and lived most of my childhood in the Amazon. Moving on to Portugal and for a short time in Norway studying, India and South Korea working on weaving projects. I am currently based in the south of England where I have my studio.

The work presented here is a selection of projects that I have completed for Spinexpo, and projects I have worked on at the Electronics and Computer Science department at the University of Southampton.

Since 2015 I have been working for Spinexpo developing fabric collections, products and concepts from the trend stories set by the show. I work with a wide range of yarn qualities and have the chance to learn about new developments and innovative fibres in the market. The work has been exhibited at the various Spinexpo shows in Shanghai, Paris, New York, London, HongKong and Hangzhou.

In 2017 I started working with the e-textiles research group at the University of Southampton developing textiles and products incorporating various electronic systems as well as making contributions to publications. Some of the projects include the Functional Electronics Textiles, an EPSRC funded project concerned with the research and development of new assembly methods that add electronic functionality to textiles, WEARPLEX H2020 EU funded research project, a multidisciplinary research and innovation action, with the overall aim to integrate printed electronics with flexible and wearable textile-based biomedical multi-pad electrodes. Some of the publications I have contributed to include:  Integrating Flexible Filament Circuits for E-Textiles Applications ; Integration of Temperature Sensors in FabricsElectronic textiles based wearable electrotherapy for pain relief and Evaluating the effect of textile material and structure for printable and wearable e-textiles 



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