kayla mattes


Kayla Mattes is a visual artist working across disciplines including weaving, sculpture and installation. She archives the ephemeral vernacular of digital culture through the interconnected threads of tapestry. Recent exhibitions include Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), Museum Rijswijk (Netherlands), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, CA), and FISK Gallery (Portland, OR). Her work has been featured in Sight Unseen, i-D, Creators, and Sculpture Magazine, and is included in the new book, Weavers: Contemporary Makers on the Loom, written by Katie Tregidden and published by Ludion. She received a BFA in Textiles at Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019.

all inquiries: kaylamattes@gmail.com
instagram: @kaylamattes

Textile Bienniale, Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands, June 18 - October 6th

b. 1989, Lancaster, CA
Lives and works between Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA


M.F.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 B.F.A Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions

The F Word (with Elisa Ortega), Napa Gallery, California State University, Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
2018 Only YOU Can Prevent! Glassbox Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
2017 The Shape of Things: an Interpersonal Circumplex, Front/Space, Kansas City, MO
2016 Live Buy Build, FISK Gallery, Portland, OR

Selected Group Exhibitions

Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts & Activism, Harold Hackler Hall, Central Library of Rochester (forthcoming)
Paradise Tossed
, Keystone Art Space, Los Angeles, CA
Textile Bienniale
, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, Netherlands
Temporary Clash
, Art, Architecture & Design Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
Anatomy of a Mesh
, Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL
Pocket Object, 0-0, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Geometry, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA
IN TANDEM, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
LADYLIKE, Border Patrol Gallery, Portland, ME
Locals Only, Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
Incendiary Devices, PØST, Los Angeles, CA
SHE-DEN, Red Barn Project Space, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
2017 Standard Deviation(s), Hunter College, New York, New York
I AM ERICA, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Standard Incomparable, Kunst Meran, Merano Arte, Italy, (organized by Helen Mirra)
Got it For Cheap, traveling shows, Athens (Athina Art Fair), Vancouver (Macaulay & Co), NYC (The Hole), Oslo (Rod Bianco
Gallery), LA (0-0), Atlanta (Atlanta Contemporary)
2016 Everything Real, Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
Portland 2016 Biennial: The Studio Visits, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR, (curated by Michelle Grabner)
ltd wear, LVL3, Chicago, IL
Please Touch the Art, Cantor Fine Art, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
Standard Incomparable, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, (organized by Helen Mirra)
Paint by Number, Studio 24, Leeds, UK
Local Tide, S1, Portland, OR
Color Space, Compound Gallery, Portland, OR
Over Spun, Mist Gallery, online exhibition
SHE WOLF, Present Works, Milwaukee, WI
Hot and Ready, The Cult of Pizza, The Soft Arts, Provo, UT
2014 PlayPlace, Ace Hotel, Portland, OR
PLY in 90 Seconds, PLY, Manchester, UK

Selected Bibliography

Swinkels, Dorothé, “Webtapijten, (Web Carpets)”, Textiel Plus Magazine, issue 248, (pgs 36-38), 2019.
Frearson, Amy. “Six Contemporary Weavers Who Are Bringing Innovation to Textile Craft”, Dezeen, Oct. 9th, 2018.
Tregidden, Katie. Weaving: Contemporary Makers on the Loom. (pgs 202-209), Antwerp, Ludion Publishers. Sept 27, 2018.
Baritaux, Zio. “Is Weaving Women’s Work?”, i-D Magazine, Sept. 5th, 2018
Raab, Annie. “Made in the Middle: Art in the Crossroads of Kansas City”. Sculpture Magazine. September, print and online, 2017.
Salomone, Andrew. “This Personality Quiz Will Figure Out Your Shape” Creators. Feb. 10, 2017.
Williamson, Iris. Catalogue: Everything Real. Hap Gallery. Portland, Oregon. 2016.
Alice, Romily. “Interview with Kayla Mattes”. Paint By Number. Issue 2, Spring 2016.
Burns, Emily. “Q & A with Kayla Mattes”. Maake Magazine. Issue 2, Spring 2016.
"Weaver Kayla Mattes". Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat”. Produced by Laura Dickson-Bernards, initial air date Feb. 11, 2016
Shapiro, Deborah. “Portland Textile Artist Kayla Mattes”. Sight Unseen. June 16, 2015.
O’Meara, Kristi and Audrey Victoria Keiffer. The Patternbase: Over 550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs. London, Thames & Hudson. June 16, 2015.
"Kayla Mattes: Tactile Textiles", Juxtapoz. January 14, 2015.
"Looks: Kayla Mattes", LVL3 Media. Feb. 10, 2014.
Mellor, Alexia. "A {Digital} Stitch in Time. Found, Sampled, Stolen – Strategies of Appropriation in New Media”. Media-N, Journal of the
New Media Caucus. vol. 8 no. 2, 2012.
Carlsson, Anders and A. Bill Miller "Future Potentials for ASCII ART”. Computer Art Congress 3, presented in Paris, France, Nov. 2012.
Nicolas, Morgain. “Kayla Mattes: The Child from the 90’s”. WAD Magazine. Paris, France. May, 2012.
Knowledge, Prosthetic. "Computed Fashion". Rhizome. August 7, 2012.
Peterson, Christian. ”Maze Series”, I WANT YOU MAGAZINE. Issue 7. Spring 2012.


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Winter Pentaculum, Gatlinburg, TN
2016 W.A.R.P. Residency, The Weaving Mill, Chicago, IL
2014 LPP+ Residency, Little Paper Planes, San Francisco, CA

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

Levitan Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, Art Department, Santa Barbara, CA
West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation Grant, West Reading, PA
2019 Macy Family Graduate Fellowship, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
Brink Award Nomination, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR
2016 Working Artist Organization Grant, April
Project Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council Portland, OR

Visiting Artist and Lectures

2018 Visiting Critic, Art Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
2016 September Visiting Artist & Instructor, Envision Arts Studio, The Weaving Mill, Chicago, IL
Lecture, Fiber Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Visiting Critic, MFA Winter Reviews, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


University of California, Santa Barbara, Teaching Assistant, Department of Art, Lead TA
Taught: Image Studies, Art Science & Technology, Exhibition Studies, Intro to Contemporary Art, Intro Drawing, Intro Painting, Spatial Studies
Wildcraft Studio School, Textiles Instructor, Portland, OR
Taught: Rigid Heddle Weaving, Frame Loom Weaving, Intro Machine Knitting, Intermediate Machine Knitting, Textile Marbling


SFMOMA Library and Archives, San Francisco, CA
Working Artist Organization
Swedish Film Institute, Art Club, Stockholm, Sweden