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Ma-tt-er and Dezeen present a live panel discussion on textile intelligence for London Craft Week

Seetal Solanki of London design studio Ma-tt-er teamed up with Dezeen to host a live panel discussion on textile technology for London Craft Week.

Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs moderated the live conversation, which was called Textile Intelligence.

He was joined by Solanki, founding director of Ma-tt-er, and Amber Jae Slooten, who is the co-founder of digital fashion house The Fabricant.

Multimedia artist Lauren Godfrey and textile artist Celia Pym also featured on the panel.

Portrait of Ma-tt-er founding director Seetal Solanki
Seetal Solanki, founder of Ma-tt-er design studio, will take part in the live conversation

"The talk addresses the limitless potential that surrounds textiles – from the ephemeral to the long-lasting," said the festival's curators.

"Topics explored include textiles' inherent intelligence and their technological capacity to readdress our relationship with ownership and consumption."

Portrait of The Fabricant founder Amber Jae Slooten
The panel will also feature Amber Jae Slooten, co-founder of digital fashion house The Fabricant

Solanki is the founding director of Ma-tt-er, a London-based design practice that focuses on the relationships between people, materials, the immaterial and the virtual.

Her work aims to adjust mindsets, behaviours and mechanisms to enable a future that is caring and respectful by developing strategies that are biodiverse, inclusive and responsible.

She is also the author of the book Why Materials Matter, and a tutor at the Royal College of Art in London.

Portrait of textile artist Celia Pym
The discussion's third panellist will be artist Celia Pym

Slooten is based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is the co-founder and creative director of The Fabricant – a fashion house that specialises in developing virtual garments that exist exclusively within the digital realm.

She created her first digital collection in 2016 as part of her final-year project and was the university's first student to graduate with an entirely virtual collection.

Portrait of Lauren Godrey
Artist Lauren Godfrey will join the discussion as the fourth panellist

Pym is a London-based artist whose work explores themes of damage and repair in textiles.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries around the world including V&A Dundee, the Textile Museum in St Gallen, Switzerland, and Galleri F15 in Norway.

Alongside her art practice, Pym is also a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and University of the Creative Arts, Farnham.

British multimedia artist Godfrey creates interactive and collaborative artworks.

She recently installed a series of brightly coloured, patterned flags above a walkway that cuts through Coal Drops Yard in London.

Called Pattern Portraits, the project involved working with two groups of local students to create a flag series that could be recycled as a clothing collection after the installation's decommission.

This conversation was produced by Dezeen in collaboration with Ma-tt-er for London Craft Week 2020.

This year's London Craft Week runs from 30 September until 10 October. See Dezeen Events Guide for details of more architecture and design events.