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Best in Design judge 2023

Zuzanna Wójcik

Category Product&Industrial Design

Researcher and designer of textiles focused on haptic perception. Specializes in programming and the production process of Jacquard textiles

A graduate of the Faculty of Design, Fashion Department, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2019), with a master’s degree in textile design specializing in Jacquards, industrial carpets, and screen printing from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź (2021), and a second master's degree from The Swedish School of Textiles in Borås (2022), where she had the opportunity to work with industrial Jacquard looms.
She completed internships at JW Anderson studio in London (2015), the Institute of Textiles in Łódź (2020), and Textiellab in Tilburg (2022/23), where she worked on projects with renowned artists working with fabrics, such as Kustaa Saksi, Jaime Hayón, Hanneke Heydenrijk, Sigrid Calon, KRJST Studio, and Arja Kärkkäinen, helping with programming and production of Jacquard textiles according to their designs.

She was awarded the Vogue Poland scholarship and the Prof. Andrzej Jan Wróblewski Award for her diploma collection dedicated to sustainable materials and natural dyeing of fabrics in the context of fashion (2019). For her master's degree in textile design, she received a scholarship and the opportunity to collaborate with the Stockholm-based company Bemz, as well as an artistic residency at Lottozero | Textile laboratories in Prato. She was a finalist in the Make Me! International design contest for young designers at the Łódź Design Festival (2022) and The Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize (2021). She won the first prize in the textile design category of the YTAT Young Textile Art Triennial and the Best in Design competition.

She participated in exhibitions including Design without Borders, Kiscell Museum, Budapest (2022) and Umelka Gallery, Bratislava (2023); Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (2022); Looking Forward, Graduation exhibition, Textielmuseet, Borås (2022); Salone del Mobile, Milan (2022); Materials Edit, Colour Hive x Surface Design Show, London (2022); Väv – Hantverk för alla, Dunkers, Helsingborg (2021-22); Open departments / Closed departments, Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź (2020-22); Future Man 2052, Brussels Design September (2020).

Professionally, she taught fashion design for several years and participated in guest lectures and presentations on sustainable production in fashion. She also worked on creating patterns for prototypes of an innovative textile anti-smog cover for strollers, designing, programming, and implementing Jacquard fabrics for decorative cushion covers, as well as researching technologies, aesthetic directions, yarns, and production possibilities for an innovative products for pregnant women, along with its prototyping and implementation into production.