Kayla Mattes is a visual artist whose practice blends together a combination of textiles and new media. Influenced by kitsch aesthetics and popular culture she utilizes hand weaving, knitting machines, digital painting, and material experimentations to craft a world of playful vibrancy. Her latest series of woven textural abstractions are inspired by a blend of the natural and artificial. Calcite geometries and glitches of fur textures interact with pockets of candy colored fringe. The wall hangings are constructed delicately on frame looms in her Portland based studio. She uses recycled merino wool sourced from local textile mills to construct the one-of-a-kind pieces. Certain fragments of the weavings are unusually hand-dyed in hot baths of Kool-Aid to achieve brilliantly saturated pops of color. Mattes was born in California and received a BFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.