Producer: Laura Bernards   Videographers: Nick Fisher, Greg Bond   Editor: Nick Fisher   Audio: Randy Layton, Larry Johnson


Kayla Mattes is an artist in Portland spinning digital references into an ancient art form: loom weaving.

Mattes uses a 2-harnessed tapestry loom from the 1970's.

Mattes uses a 2-harnessed tapestry loom from the 1970’s.

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Her brightly colored tapestries are inspired by technology and pop culture. She draws inspiration from graphical user interfaces… studying the language of the technology you interact with every day.

Only part of Mattes' spool collection.

Only part of Mattes’ spool collection.

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“I have hundreds of yarns in my studio,’ Mattes explains, “I am really expressive with my color palate.”

Picking out recycled yarn at Portland's SCRAP store.

Picking out recycled yarn at Portland’s SCRAP store.

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Sourcing recycled materials for her pieces, she weaves her unique and thought provoking tapestries on a 40-year old vertical loom.

Mattes teaching at the WildCraft Studio School, White Salmon, WA.

Mattes teaching at the WildCraft Studio School, White Salmon, WA.

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When Mattes is not working in her home studio, she teaches classes at the WildCraft Studio School in White Salmon, Washington.

 

 

 

 

Resources and Information

Kayla Mattes’ newest exhibit “Live Buy Build“, opens at FISK beginning February 20, 2016. For more information click here!