Helga Matos is a contemporary Textile Designer specialised in Woven Textiles.

Helga was born in Brazil and grew up in the Amazon Rainforest; this experience has greatly influenced her creative work and is a constant inspiration in her life. Helga has also lived in Portugal, Norway, India and South Korea and is currently based in the south of England.

Helga takes on a very experimental approach to her work, concentrating on the properties of materials and structures of fabric. Her main focus is to create surfaces that evoke curiosity, excitement, to make people stop and appreciate materials and craft, to make them want to touch and be inquisitive.

Helga works on jacquard and dobby looms to produce high quality modern textiles.

As well as her own collections of fabrics and wall art bespoke pieces, Helga works on commissions and collaborative projects with artists, designers and engineers.

She is a Teaching Fellow for Woven Textiles at Winchester School of Art and has also taught at Central Saint Martins in London, University of Brighton and London Metropolitan University.


MA Constructed Textiles, Royal College of Art, London 2006-2008
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Winchester School of Art 2003-2006
Erasmus Programme at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway 2004


RCA Society + Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize Winner 2008. For exceptional skill and innovation in Textiles

1st prize, Gabions for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2008

1st prize, The Haberdashers Company Prize, 2007

1st prize, George Spencer Colour Project, 2007


Material World, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, UK 2013
Trail Recycled Art in Landscape 2013 (outdoor and indoor shows), South Devon, UK 2013
Titchfield Art and Craft Show, UK 2013
Designersblock Milan 2013, Officine Creative Ansaldo, Milan Italy 2013
Art in the Garden, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens UK 2012
Titchfield Art and Craft show, UK 2012
Designersblock, Interiors UK-NEC, UK 2012
Constructions, AA2A, Portsmouth UK 2011
London Design Festival 2011, Designersblock, September 2011 Mechanisms (solo show), Brass Gallery, Leeds, UK 2011
The Unseeable Last Life in the Universe, AA2A, Portsmouth March 2011 The Home, Rodhus Gallery, Brighton, UK 2010
The Andong Project, South Korea 2009. blog: www.andongproject.wordpress.com