Gaja Mežnarić Osole

Gaja Mežnarić Osole is a critically engaged designer based in Ljubljana (SI). She completed her BA in Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, and her MA in Design Futures at Goldsmiths, the University of London. Through her practice, she has taken part in various self-organized collectives, such as G-R-U-P-A - a collective of transformation-driven designers, architects and artisans and Trapez, a group of food lovers working in the intersection between design and cooking. Over the past several years she oriented her focus on research driven projects that explore ways to speak about and act upon the problem of invasive species. From 2017 on, she has been continuing her environmentally and socially driven practice as a co-founder of Trajna Association. Together with Andrej Koruza, they run projects such as Notweed Paper - an innovative paper from invasive plants and Crater, a post-apocalyptic co-production space. As designers they also take part in the Applause project that addresses unsolved questions with regard to invasive alien plant species in terms of the zero‑waste approach and circular economy.