Matter pays tribute to the materials behind human experience from a largely cultural perspective. Through research, events and consultancy, we encourage a more explorative relationship with fabrics, processes, mediums and ideas.
Initially, we will provide a website to promote awareness of the significance and variety of materials in our lives. It’s easy to accept the place of aluminium and cotton within the material bracket, but less so to accept email and time. Technology helps us understand materials as more than just tangible fabrics but most of us would still struggle to pinpoint the more conceptual forms. The Matter website brings some of these forms together in a periodic table. It’s a clear presentation of the link between, say, light, metal and perception in our understanding of the universe. The website opens people up to the possibility of materials and the craftsmanship that we are sometimes oblivious to.
After the website has been established, Matter will use exhibitions, talks and consultancy to raise awareness of the materials, processes and lesser credited artists such as textile designers and coders. We will also look into collaborating on products and services, some which will be made available through the Matter website. Aside from any commercial gain, primarily we want to increase transparency of the creative process. On the one hand, it affords individual contributors with the credit they deserve. On the other, it gives readers and clients an insight into a practice they may know little about.
Matter was founded by Seetal Solanki in 2015, after over a decade of working as an artist and designer with clients including Nike, Alexander McQueen, Nissan, Levis, Hussein Chalayan and United Visual Artists. Having worked both in front of and behind the scenes, Seetal saw the potential and importance of celebrating the somewhat anonymous craftspeople behind the final design.
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