is a graduate industrial designer who works in the field of sustainability, material experimentation and research. She is a co-founder of the Pjorkkala collective with Žan Girandon in Luka Pleskovič. In 2021, she completed her internship at the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion recipient - Floating University Berlin. Together with them and the Pjorkkala collective, she designed a Water Filtration Installation in Tbilisi, Georgia. She sees the power of design in connecting with different fields and solving social problems. Currently, she is working on material resarch about textile waste and continuing with the 3D clay printing experiments.
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education
2016 enrolled on Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana, Industrial design programme
2019 exchange on Academy Minerva in Groningen, Netherlands 
2020 Bachelor’s degree in Industrial design
2020 enrolled on Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, postgraduate industrial design programme
2023 Master’s degree in Industrial design

awards
2021 3rd prize for Service design challenge by Philips
2021 1st prize for center Noordung space capsule competition
2022 national recognition for best wooden product Playwood by SPIRIT Slovenia
2022 Cumulus green honorable mention
2022 Distributed design award - Project excellence
2022 Zagreb design week 1st and 2nd  prize in Social innovation category
2022 Zavod BIG perspektive award
2022 DOS Daljnogled award
2022 Prešeren student award for Lightning Guerilla project
2023 Green project award nomenee
2023 New European Bauhaus finalist 
2023 Made in Slovenia selection of design excellence
2023 1st round winner of the Young Balkan Designers Competition
2023 Certificate for the Best Academic Achievements by University of Ljubljana
2024 Winners of crQlr Award Japan

exhibitions
2021 Futr za jutr at Barcelona design week
2021 the sound installation Voices of Koper at Tito square, Koper (with Denis Esakov, Altan Jurca Avci, Deja Kofol, Luka Pleskovič, Martin Valinger)
2021 grape pomace research at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Slovenian Chemical Society
2021 Futr za jutr at Dutch design week, Eindhoven
2022 Futr za jutr at Expo Dubai
2022 group exhibition at City Hall in Ljubljana
2022 T60 at Lightning Guerrilla festival (with Matic Čič, Žan Girandon, Vid Lebič, Luka Pleskovič and Jo Zornik)
2022 production platform for Biennial of design in Ljubljana (BIO27) with Pjorkkala
2022 Water filtration engine at the 4th Art Biennial in Tbilisi (with Floating university, Berlin)
2022 Dodola at Maker Faire Rome
2022 Tekej at Sejem Ambienti, Ljubljana
2022 DOS Daljnogled award exhibition at Cankarjev Dom
2023 Dodola at Young Talents Exhibition, Berlin design week
2023 Dodola at Unicum 2023
2023 Dodola and Futr za jutr Daljnogled award exhibition at Cankarjev Dom
2023 Dodola at Almanac exhibition at Fondation d’entreprise Martell, Cognac
2023 Kaduja at Triennial of Handcrafts and Crafts exhibition, Slovenj Gradec
2023 Dodola exhibition production at Stekleni atrij, Mestna hiša Ljubljana
2023 Kaduja at exhibition Young Balkan Designers: Here and Now, Belgrade
2023 Kaduja at exhibition Crafting futures, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana
2024 Kaduja at Triennial of Handcrafts and Crafts exhibition, Brežice
2024 Kaduja at reDiscover exhibition, Kranj
2024 Re-harvested at ARCADE Design à la campagne, Sainte-Colombe
2024 Dodola at Base Milano, Milano design week

work experiences
2018 graphic designer at StudioO3 design 
2019 researcher for EMMA project (designed by Jernej Kapuš)
2019-2022 demonstrator of Industrial design course on Academy of Fine Arts and Design
2020 graphic designer at Naturavit company
2020 packaging designer at 123 ZERO startup company
2021- interior designer for Samoatelje studio
2021-2023 part of research team for Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana
2021 internship at Floating university, Berlin, assistent of the curator of the (Re-)gaining ecological futures festival
2022 co-founder, researcher, and designer of Assosiation Pjorkkala
2022 material research for Knof salon
2022 the programme assistant at the (Re-)gaining ecological futures festival at Floating university Berlin
2023 cordinator of research team for Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana

2023 the programme assistant at the (Re-)gaining ecological futures festival at Floating university Berlin 2023- project coordinator at Center for Creativity (CZK)
2024 collaboration with 
Academy of Fine Arts and Design for poster exhibition about Food and Design

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