About

Jana Zornik is a Slovenian-born cross-disciplinary artist currently based in London, pushing the idea of adornment and wearability into a broader, more spiritual realm. She creates sensorial, conceptual artefacts and spaces that revolve around the body and the human condition and hold transitioning powers, using the magical mundanity. She finds herself shifting between various media on the quest for exploration of her identity, addressing inner states and social behaviours in which she is wrapped daily and which consequently inspire her invention of peculiar objects, including adornments and interactive sculptures. There is a sense of odd functionality in the search for ultimate freedom and authenticity. Her work wish to ignite a spark, fill the cracks and give comfort to an otherwise rocky human experience. Ultimately, the pieces become mediators for the exploration of one’s identity, providing a new makeshift habitat for unexplored thoughts and emotions.
In her practice, the body is invoked in through various modes of presence and absence, even through public interaction and (physical) reflection. The mundane objects and their primal functions are reconsidered and re-shapped into a fresh narrative, shifting perceptions of the current state of things.

While having her own practice, Jana Zornik works cross-disciplinary in different creative industries, from fashion and lifestyle design brands to theatre and the movie industry, to education.
Swatch / product designer;
Swatch Group / freelance jewellery designer;
Roberts/Wood / set artefacts;
Wanbing Huang / body artefacts;
Warner Bross studios, HBO, Apple tv, Netflix / costume stand by;
Slovenian National Theatre / costume designer;
London College of Fashion, Istituto Marangoni / visiting lecturer.

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Awards / Exhibitions / Education

Awards, recognitions, residencies:

Grant for visual artists, Ministry of Culture, Slovenia (2021);
London Creative Network, Cockpitarts, alumni (2021)
Sarabande : The Alexander McQueen Foundation, studio resident (2019);
Machines Room: Cohort member residency, East London, Vyner street, residency (2018-2019); International Talent Support: Accessories and Artwork, finalist (2016);
ITS Swatch Artwork prize, winner (2016);
Lidewij Edelkoort's Talent 2009, participant (2009);
Fashion Matters award, winner (2016);
Fashion Matters bursary, receiver(2016);
Better Lives Procter & Gamble Award, receiver(2015);
Award for Contributions to Sustainable Development of Society from the Slovenian Human Resources and Scholarship Funds, receiver (2009);
The Special Achievement Award from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Science and Engineering, receiver (2009).

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Exhibitions:

Smythson X LCF, "Out of the blue", Smythson flagship store, 131-132 Bond Street, London, UK (2023);
Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, "Fitting In", Hasselt, BE (2022/23);
ITS Arcademy, "The First Exhibition", curated by: Olivier Saillard, Trieste, IT (2022 private opening, 2023 public opening);
Goldsmiths University, "PRESSURE POINTS: Holding Bodies as Collateral”, London, UK (2022);

New Brewery Arts gallery, "Shoes have names", Cirencester, UK (2022);
Velenje Gallery, solo exhibition "A Human Experience", Velenje, SI (2021/22)
Burberry's temporary gallery space - Mayfair, Sarabande: "House of Bandits", London, UK (2020);
Virtual Shoe Museum, Lola and Up/Rooted, permanent collection, internet: https://virtualshoemuseum.com/ (2020);
London Craft Week, Shelter boutique, "Shoes have names", London, UK (2020);
National Museum of Decorative Arts, "Why What Who", Buenos Aires, ARG (2019);
Museum of Architecture and Design, "Creators", Ljubljana, SI (2019);
YKK London Showroom, "Extra-ordinary rituals", London, UK (2018);
ArcelorMittal Orbit, "Royal visit for the Olympic Project", London, UK (2016);
International Talent Support, "The 15th: Utopia", Trieste, IT (2016);
Swatch lab, Object for Self-Reflection, permanent collection, Zürich, CH (2016-)
Month of Design Ljubljana, SI (2012);
Designhuis, Lidewij Edelkoort’s talent forcast show "Talent 2009", Eindhoven, NDL (2009).
 


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Education:

MA Fashion Artefact, London College of Fashion, UK;
MA in Fashion and Textile Design, Faculty of Natural sciences and Engineering Ljubljana, SI;
Design Skolen Kolding, Fashion and Textile Design, exchange year, DK;
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, study visit, HUN.

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