M.OH.K is an association of two textile artists, Odina Keim and Helga Matos, who met as fellow teachers at the Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton in England. Each season they bring to SPINEXPO an intellectual understanding of our trends, with a considered and thoughtful interpretation. For Icelandic Fairytale they traveled to Iceland and were able to be directly inspired by the landscapes, which spoke to them of storytelling, contrasting surfaces, movement, peace and coolness. Here we take a look at the interactive book they made for the exhibit and see how the images they took on their trip influenced their creative process and inspired their artistic textiles
Odina Keim is a textile designer who is also a Teaching Fellow in Knitwear for Fashion within Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton. Odina graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2001 in knitwear, specialising in fine gauge, intricate CAD fabrics used for lingerie. Since then she has worked for knitwear swatch companies as well as creating one-of-a-kind swatches for the trend forum at SPINEXPO, whilst maintaining a loyal connection with Winchester School of Art. She is a trained CAD knit and Shima Seiki programming specialist and is experienced in fabric construction and pattern development. Odina also manages and operates the three industrial Shima Seiki machines in the knitwear area at Winchester, in addition to organising the special projects between SPINEXPO and her textile students at Winchester.
Helga Matos is a woven textile designer who has recently joined the Electronic and Computer Science research department at the University of Southampton in England as a Technical Specialist. Although most of her previous work has been focused on creative projects, her interest in technical textiles has always been part of her personal research. Helga is currently working on two EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) funded projects. The first one, the FETT (Functional Electronic TexTiles) project where she explores different ways of integrating electronics into woven fabrics. The second, a Fellowship project working in a team lead by Dr. Kai Yang, developing e-textiles that could help relieve the pain of people living with arthritis. The creative and technical sides of her current work are no doubt contrasting, however the core of both rely on the ancient process of making fabric - weaving.