Rute Chaves is a research-based artist/ designer performing experimental material investigations, exploring alternative methodologies and critical approaches to sustainability. The object is not seen as a result in its self, but as a conversation. An intention to look into the significance of objects and practices as socio-cultural conduits. Their studio work focuses on collaboration and open source processes; the re-interpretation of craft in a digital context and the social impact of craft as expression. They believe that a holistic and cyclical approach to materials, kins and production, in which the relationship between actants, surface and form is seen as integrated can communicate multiple perspectives. They are also engaged in an interdisciplinary understanding which opens up new possibilities for the creative process. Rute ́s work has been presented and exhibited at conferences, museums and workshops locally and internationally. Some local institutions that they were involved are: Australian Tapestry Workshop, Craft Victoria and Arts Project Australia.