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


Helga was born in Brazil and grew up in the Amazon Rainforest, which has greatly influenced her creative work and is a constant inspiration in her life. Helga has also experienced life 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 and textile related products for both architects to specify in public spaces, and for the private consumer for the home.

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 an Associate Teaching Fellow for Woven Textiles at Winchester School of Art and has also taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of Brighton and London Metropolitan University.







EDUCATION:

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



AWARDS:

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



EXHIBITIONS:


Material World, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens 2013

Trail Recycled Art in Landscape 2013 (outdoor and indoor shows), South Devon 2013

Titchfield Art and Craft Show, 2013

Designersblock Milan 2013, Officine Creative Ansaldo, Milan 2013

Art in the Garden, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens 2012

Titchfield Art and Craft show, 2012

Designersblock, Interiors UK-NEC, January 2012

Constructions, AA2A, Portsmouth October 2011

London Design Festival 2011, Designersblock, September 2011

Mechanisms (solo show), Brass Gallery, Leeds, May 2011

The Unseeable Last Life in the Universe, AA2A, Portsmouth March 2011

The Home, Rodhus Gallery, Brighton, July 2010

The Andong Project, July 2009







Learning to twist hemp / Andong Project / South Korea

Designers Block / London Design Festival