Zuzana perceives textile design to be a medium, delivering her perspective on contemporary aesthetics, socio-political and environmental issues as well as a subjective artistic expression. 



Zuzana Zmateková is a freelance textile and print designer and an independent textile artist currently based in Helsinki. Her work is inspired by topics and issues such as consumerist society, sustainability, tradition versus innovation, new media, digital aesthetics and material innovation. Zuzana has earned her Master’s degree at Aalto School of Art, Design, and Architecture in Finland, where she studied Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design. There, she has developed  her competencies in textile techniques such as surface design, digital and screen printing and weaving specialising in jacquard. Her design style has been further developed during an exchange program 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 and in the renowned fashion studio Alexander McQueen in London. Moreover, using digital programs and different new media, she has been experimenting and reaching beyond the boundaries of the conventional reception and understanding of textiles as well as the message it may convey via such a strong communication medium as design. 


2018 – 2021

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 experience

January  – October 2020 Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture, Research Assistant

October –  December 2019 Clerici Tessuto, Illustrator and Print Designer 

2019 – 2020 Pattern Lab, Textile Designer, Vice chair 

2020 – present Vanelli Textiles, Freelance Print Designer

2019 Isadore Apparel, Freelance print designer 

2015 – 2019 Mitwill Textiles Europe, Prints Designer

2016 – 2019 Nehera, Fashion Print Designer

2016 – 2018 Beard and Fringe, Print Designer


October 2012 – January 2013 | Alexander McQueen, Digital print

September 2011 – February 2012 | Volkswagen AG Design, Colour and Trim department                                                                                                         


Talentshop 2020, Habitare –  Selected designer

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