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.

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Zuzana Zmateková, currently studying at Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture, has earned her first 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 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 textiles 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.

CV

Education

2018-present

Master’s Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design,
Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture
Helsinki, Finland

2008 – 2015

MA degree Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, Slovakia                                                                                                                                                                                 

2014 | Jan 20 – May 20

Textile design innovation, Nottingham Trent University,
Fine Arts and Design, United Kingdom Exchange student – Erasmus

2011 | Jan 1 – Mar 20

Faculty of textile design
Lodz University of Technology, Poland Exchange student – Ceepus

Working experinece


31, 2015 – present

MITWILL TEXTILES EUROPE

Freelance textile Designer/Creating textile prints for a commercial marketer

2016 – 2019

NEHERA

Fashion Print Designer/Creating original fashion prints for a luxury fashion brand

2016 – 2018

BEARD AND FRINGE

Freelance Textile Designer/ Creating original fashion prints for a lifestyle fashion brand

Internships


2012 – 2013 | Oct 1 – Jan 30 Alexander McQueen

Fashion brand – Digital print on textiles department

2013 – 2014 | Nov 1 – Jan 20 Nikolo Bertok
Fashion studio

2011 – 2012 | Sep 19 – Feb 2 Volkswagen AG Design Colour and Trim department

Awards


Slovak Design Awards 2019 – Jury Award for project ConTEXt 

Bratislava Design Week Awards 2019 – Best product

YTAT Young Textile Art Triennial 2016 Łódź, Poland
3rd prizeYTAT
 
Young Textile Art Triennial 2016 – Rector’s Award
Strzemiński Academy
of Fine Arts Łódź, Poland
 
Academy of Fine Arts and Design Rector’s Award 2015
Bratislava, Slovakia
MA project Digital Aesthetics
 
New Face of Bratislava Design Week, 2015
 
Create your own contest/ Think Big, 2013
Winner with the collection Forme Oublié
 
Upholstery, 2009Messe Frankfurt, Germany
Finalist with the project Check-deck chair