About

Jana Zornik is a Slovenian-born cross-disciplinary artist currently based in London. She finds herself shifting between various media which consequently inspire her invention of peculiar objects, including adornments and interactive sculptures. Zornik is primarily interested in creating emotional, sensorial, conceptual artefacts and spaces that revolve around the body, the human condition and the magical physicality of the mundane. There is a sense of utility and a search for ultimate freedom and authenticity. The items mostly derive from wearables, ritualistic or everyday objects and ideas. They 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 through various modes of presence and absence. The mundane objects and their primal functions are reconsidered, reshaped and looked at through the lens of a new narrative, carrying a fresh, symbolic weight.

While having her own practice, Jana Zornik works cross-disciplinary in different creative industries from fashion and lifestyle brands to theatre and the movie industry. Including brands like Swatch (product designer) and the Swatch Group (freelance jewellery designer); Roberts/Wood (set artefacts) and Wanbing Huang (body artefacts); Warner Bross studios, HBO, Amazon, Apple production (costumier); Slovenien National Theatre (costume designer) and other non-disclosable brands and institutions. She is also a visiting lecturer at the London College of Fashion.

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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 University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Science and Engineering, receiver (2009).

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Exhibitions:

Goldsmiths University, “PRESSURE POINTS: Holding Bodies as Collateral”, 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 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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