Jana Mršnik

Hand embroidered wooden brooches and pendants make up a playful collection of cross-stitched, colourful and vivid surfaces. The inspiration are microscopic images of microorganisms, interpreted through two complementary materials – a solid wooden base and a subtle textile thread. Each object is unique and can be embroidered with various colours, threads and techniques. The user can also embroider their own piece, inventing their own techniques and thus ennoble the product with their own creativity, imagination and personal touch. As in the previous collections, Microoo intertwines modern technologies with uniqueness, intimacy and meditativeness of manual work. The collection is a continuation of the wider Microoo collection, which consists mainly of home accessories, but now they have decided to get smaller and climb on the body.

Jana Mršnik is a freelance designer and pedagogue, active in the field of textile-product design and textile art. She is an assistant professor at Faculty of Design, and assistant at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. Graduated at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering in Ljubljana, she made postgraduate studies in Ljubljana, Copenhagen and Florence, where she actively worked as a knitwear designer at Italian fashion companies. She is a receiver of national and international awards; in last few years three of her products received the Made in Slovenia mark of excellence from Centre for Creativity. She has her own small brand BelaBela and regularly exhibits her products at national and international design events, such as Blickfang international design fair in Vienna and Stuttgart. In 2019, she was invited by Viennese curator to design her first jewellery pieces, which were exhibited in the V&V Gallery in Vienna. Since then, she supplements her collections with new pieces, always combining textile yarns with other materials, mostly wood. She explores a DIY culture (Do it yourself), and manual work as a supplement to industrial production.