Textile as a strong and respected communication tool in a public sphere

Zuzana is an experienced textile designer currently working as a freelancer. She perceives textile design to be a medium, delivering her own perspective on contemporary social developments and also a very subjective artistic expression of her personality. Moreover, she does not aim to present textile as a pleasing decoration but she sees it as a strong and respected communication tool in a public sphere with its value as well as a sculptural artistic expression.

Profile

Zuzana Zmateková has earned a master’s degree in Textile Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. There, she has not only developed her painting and drawing skills but also a conceptual approach to design. Various internships abroad have contributed to improving her competences in textile techniques as screen-printing, digital printing, jacquard weaving and knitting. Her already unique design style has been further developed during an exchange programme at the Lodz University of Technology and later in the Textile Design Innovation Studio at the Nottingham Trent University.

Besides these study visits, she participated in a long-term internship in a Volkswagen Colour and trim design studio in Wolfsburg, Germany. Here, she collaborated in the development of new textiles and interior designs. However, she considers one of the greatest personal achievements to be an internship in the renowned fashion studio Alexander McQueen in London. For four months, she had become a member of a professional designers’ team designing textile prints for dresses and scarfs. Her most recent working experience has been in Mitwill textile design studio in France. Numerous internships, study visits and working experiences have taught Zuzana to fully employ her creative and artistic skills and competences, among the strongest may be listed drawing, painting and composition.

Moreover, using digital programmes and different media such as photography and video, she has been experimenting and reaching beyond the boundaries of the conventional reception and understanding of textile design as well as the message it may convey via such a strong communication medium as fashion is. Generally, Zuzana’s conceptual designs and artworks reflect and address contemporary socio-political issues through visually appealing imagery.

Throughout her work, she has been inspired by topics and issues as a consumerist society, symbolism’s transformation, void and emptiness, tradition versus innovation, new media and digital aesthetics. She perceives textile design to be a medium, delivering her own perspective on contemporary social developments and also a very subjective artistic expression of her personality. Moreover, she does not aim to present textile as a pleasing decoration but she sees it as a strong and respected communication tool in a public sphere with its value as well as a sculptural artistic expression.

Work experience

Alexander McQueen

studio: digital print on textiles, internship
illustration, drawing and painting compositions for digital prints, digital post production in Adobe Photoshop, mood boards research

October 2012 — February 2013 London, United Kingdom

Volkswagen

colour and trim department, internship
preparing moodboards, posters, visualisations for interiors, colours, fabrics and materials combinations

September 2011 — February 2012 Wolfsburg, Germany

Education

Nottingham Trent University

MA Textile innovations
Erasmus student exchange

January 2014 — May 2014 Nottingham, United Kingdom

Academy Of Fine Arts And Design

September 2009 — Present Bratislava-mesto, Slovakia

Lodz Technical University

student exchange

January 2011 — March 2011 Lodz, Poland

Awards

Color Textile

Winner of contest

2013